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: 0.7 Full Time Equivalent

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 4022


Twitter: @lizzysuch

ORCiD: 0000-0003-2242-3357


I am a Research Fellow in public health with a particular focus on minority ethnic and migrant health equity.  I 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.  I have worked as a lecturer in Canada and a funded Beltane Parliamentary Engagement Fellow for a sedentary behaviour project in the Scottish Parliament (co-lead with Professor Nanette Mutrie).  I was seconded to Public Health England in 2017 to work with their health equity team on modern slavery.

Research Interests

My research interests are:-

  • public health and health services research, particularly relating to Black, minority ethnic and migrant groups
  • leisure and everyday, relational life
  • physical activity and health, particularly in relation to children, young people and families
  • policy making and outcomes in the fields of employment, health and sport
  • leisure and everyday, relational life 
  • sedentary lifestyles and 'sit less' interventions

Teaching Interests

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

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 topics/areas such as health equity, minority ethnic health, sport, physical activity, leisure, sedentary behaviour.

Professional Activities

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.  I am currently on the Editorial Board of the journal Leisure Studies.  I am an invited editor for the Journal of Leisure Research (2017) on a special issue on family leisure with colleagues in Canada and Australia.  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

Within the Public Health and Inequalities theme NIHR CLAHRC (YH) I have worked on many projects including:

  • Reviewing and co-producting optimal physical activity interventions to promote good mental health (with Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust)
  • Evaluation of a community health literacy tool for minority ethnic populations
  • Systematic review of pathways to ill health among Roma populations (with colleagues from the University of Liverpool)
  • Qualitative analysis of interviews with Chinese migrant populations to explore understandings of Hepatitis B

Relevant Funded Projects

2017-2018 Supporting new migrants in primary care. Funded by the Health Foundation Evidence Into Practice scheme. (PI Such, Co-applicants Salway, Walton, Doctors of the World UK and YooMee) £55,087.

2017 Articulating the public health role in identifying and protecting victims of modern slavery. MRC Proximity to Discovery grant (PI Salway, Co-Is Such, Carr and Laurent) £14,735. This is funding for a secondment (Such) to Public Health England.`

2016-2017 Optimising the benefit of football interventions to promote the mental health of diverse group of men. £8,560. Funded by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust (PI Such Co-Is Goyder, Copeland, Burton and Davies).  This project is a consultation/PPI exercise that sits alongside a rapid review of evidence on football interventions to support positive mental health.

2015-2016 Identifying promising innovations to enhance equity and efficiency in care for new migrant populations.  Funded by Sheffield CCG £22,659 (PI.Such Co-Is Salway, Harris, Walton and Colwell).

Project website:


Journal Papers:

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, 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.