Liz Such BSc (Hons) FHEA PhD

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University of Sheffield
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
Section of Public Health
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office:  Room G045a, Ground Floor, Regent Court

Working hours: Monday-Thursday (non-working day Friday)

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 4022


Twitter: @lizzysuch

ORCiD: 0000-0003-2242-3357


I am a NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow in public health (2018-2022).  My work focuses on health equity and social policy.  I specialise in knowledge mobilisation, specifically on how knowledge is mobilised for policy that promotes health equity that sits outside the NHS.  I also specialise in minority ethnic and migrant health inequalities and work within Public Health and Inequalities Theme of the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Yorkshire and the Humber (CLAHRC YH).  Before joining ScHARR I was a policy lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and a social researcher for the UK government in the fields of employment, skills and equality. 

Research Interests

My research interests are:-

  • the mobilisation of knowledge in policy, especially 'Health in All Policies'
  • public health and health services research, particularly relating to Black, minority ethnic and migrant groups
  • physical activity, leisure and health inequalities

Teaching Interests

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  My teaching interests lie in social and health policy, physical activity, leisure and health inequalities.

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise in the field of migrant health and access to health services and physical activity/sedentary behaviour.  I am interested in supervising Research Students in fields such as social policy, health equity, minority ethnic health, sport, physical activity, leisure and sedentary behaviour.

Professional Activities

I routinely work with local authority partners to develop ‘Health in All’ approaches to policy. I was seconded to Public Health England’s health equity team (2017) to undertake public health development work on modern slavery. I sit on an interdisciplinary practice-based New Arrivals Health Needs group in Sheffield which works with local agencies to improve the health outcomes of new migrant populations. I have also provided consultation services for national third sector organisations on projects relating to physical activity.

I was an Executive Member of the Social Policy Association from 2012-2016 and an Editorial Board member of the journal Leisure Studies (2009-2017). I am an NIHR proposal reviewer and I have been a scholar-advisor/reviewer to ESRC and EU projects and to the Race Equality Foundation. I have acted as a peer reviewer for journals including Journal of Social Policy, Work, Employment and Society, BMJ Open, World Leisure Journal, Sport and Society and many others.

Current Projects

  •  Mobilising evidence for better health and equity through Health in All Policies in local government (NIHR)
  •  Addressing social isolation and loneliness among migrant and minority ethnic populations (NIHR)
  •  Patient assessment for new arrivals in primary care (Health Foundation, CLAHRC YH)
  • Modern slavery and public health (MRC)
  • Reviewing and co-producing optimal physical activity interventions to promote good mental health (with Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust)


Journal Papers:

Such E, Walton E, Bonvoisin T and Stoklosa H.  (2019)  Modern slavery: a global public health concern, BMJ;364:1838  DOI  https//

Such E, Burton H, Copeland R, Davies R, Goyder E, Jeanes R, Kesterton S, Mackenzie K and Magee J. (2019) Developing a theory-driven framework for a football intervention for men with severe, moderate or enduring mental health problems: A participatory realist synthesis, Journal of Mental Health.  DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2019.1581339.

Such E, Jaipaul R and Salway S. (2019) Modern slavery in the UK: how should the health sector be responding? Journal of Public Health, fdy217 

Mackenzie, K., Such, E., Norman, P. and Goyder, E. (2018) The development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to reduce workplace sitting: A qualitative systematic review and evidence-based operational framework, BMC Public Health, 18(1), 833 DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-5768-z

Ali, P., Salway, S., Such, E., Dearden, A., & Willox, M. (2018). Enhancing health literacy through co-design: Development of culturally appropriate materials on genetic risk and customary consanguineous marriage. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 1-13. DOI:10.1017/S1463423618000038

Credé, S. H., Such, E., Mason, S. (2018) International migrants’ use of emergency departments in Europe compared with non-migrants’ use: a systematic review, The European Journal of Public Health, 28(1), 61-73. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx057

Trussell, D.E., Jeanes, R., Such, E. (2017) Revisiting Family Leisure Research and Critical Reflections on the Future of Family-Centered Scholarship, Leisure Sciences, 39 (5), 385-399

Such E, Walton E, Delaney B, Harris J, Salway S (2017) Adapting primary care for new migrants: a formative assessment, British Journal of General Practice Open DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen17X100701

Such E, Salway S, Copeland R, Haake S, Domone S, Mann S (2016) A formative review of physical activity interventions for minority ethnic populations in England, Journal of Public Health, 1-10, DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdw126

Such E, Walton E, Delaney B, Harris J, Salway S (2017) Adapting primary care for new migrants: a formative assessment, British Journal of General Practice Open DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen17X100701

Such, E., Salway, S., Copeland, R., Haake, S., Domone, S., Mann, S. (2017) A formative review of physical activity interventions for minority ethnic populations in England, Journal of Public Health, 39(4) e265-e274 , DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdw126

Such E, and Mutrie N.  (2016) Using organisational cultural theory to understand workplace interventions to reduce sedentary time, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 1-12.

Salway S, Ali P, Ratcliffe R, Such E, Khan N, Kingston H and Quarrell O. (2016) Responding to the increased genetic risk association with customary consanguienous marriage among minority ethnic populations: lessons from local innovations in England, Journal of Community Genetics 7 (3), 215-228.

Salway S, Chowbey P, Such E, Ferguson B. (2015) Researching health inequalities with Community Researchers: practical, methodological and ethical challenges of an 'inclusive' research approach.  Research Involvement and Engagement 1(9) DOI: 10.1186/s40900-015-0009-4

Salway S, Vedio A, Liu E, Lee A, Horsley J, Such E.  (2015) Improving health care access for Hepatitis B in high prevalence migrant groups.  The European Journal of Public Health.  25, suppl 3, ckv176. 168.  The Oxford University Press.

Such E.  (2015) The Olympic family?  Young people, family practices and the London 2012 Olympic Games.  International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.  DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2015.1105278.

Such E. (2013) 'Olympic inspiration?  Young people, sport and family life', East Asian Sports Thoughts. The International Journal for the Sociology Sport, 3, 159-185.

Such L. (2013) 'Little leisure in the Big Society'.  Leisure Studies.  32(1) 89-107.  DOI:10.1080/02614367.2012.725424.

Such E. (2006) 'Leisure and fatherhood in dual-earner families'.  Leisure Studies.  25(2) 185-199.

 Such E, Walker O, Walker R.  (2005) 'Anti-war children: representation of youth protests against the Second Iraq War in the British national press'.  Childhood, 12, 301-326.

Such E, Walker R. (2005) 'Young citizens or policy objects?  Children in the 'rights and responsibilities' debate'.  Journal of Social Policy, 34, 1, 39-57.

Such E, Walker R. (2004) 'Being responsible and responsible beings:  children's understanding of responsibility'.  Children and Society.  19, 231-42.

Such E, Walker R. (2002) 'Falling behind?'  Research on transmitted deprivation'.  Benefits.  35,10, issue 3, 185-92.


Such L. (2014) (ed) Research in Leisure Education, Culture and Experience, LSA publication No. 125, Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, ISBN 9781905369430.

Book Chapters:

Such E, Kay T. (2011) 'The family factor in social tourism' in S. McCabe, L. Minnaert and A. Diekmann (eds) Sodial Tourism in Europe: Theory and Practice, Bristol/Buffalo/Toronto: Channel View Publications, 126-141.

Snape R, Binks P and Such E. (2011) 'Re-shaping sport: increasing leisure based physical activity amongst British South Asian women' in Long J, Fitzgerald H, and Millward P. (eds)  Delivering Equality in Sport and Leisure, Eastbourne:  Leisure Studies Association, 127-138.

Such E.  (2010) 'The leisure dimension of 'involved fatherhood', in L. Mansfield and D. Chatziefstathiou (Eds) Leisure Identities and Authenticity, Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, 47-62.

Such L. (2009) 'Fatherhood, the morality of personal time and leisure-based parenting' in T Kay (Ed) Fathering through Sport and Leisure, London/NY.  Routledge, 73-87.

Other Outputs:

Such E, Walton E, Delaney B, Harris J and Salway S. (2016) New Migrants in Primary Healthcare - How are services adapting?  Summary and Mini Case Book.  University of Sheffield.  Available at White Rose Online.

Such L.  (2014) Do sports mega events have a legacy?  Discover Society, issue 11,

Snape R, Binks P, Such E. (2010) Evaluation of Re-shape, the Health Foundation Shared Leadership for Change (BME) Scheme: Blackburn with Darwen.  Final Report, February 2010.