Dr Lucy Gavens PhD, FFPH


Section of Public Health, ScHARR
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office:  G033d, Ground Floor, Regent Court

Tel: (+44) (0) 114 222 5202

Email:  l.gavens@sheffield.ac.uk

Linkedin:  www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-gavens-sipher

Twitter: @lucy-gavens

ORCID:  0000-0003-3560-4691

Current Appointment

I am the Consortium Manager for SIPHER, a multi-institution partnership that is developing new ways to prevent non-communicable diseases and address health inequalities. SIPHER (Systems-science Informed Public Health Economic Research for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention) is a new consortium established with funding from the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP). As the Consortium Manager I work closely with the two Directors, Petra Meier and Robin Purshouse, to develop and deliver SIPHER's strategic objectives and I am responsible for the operational, risk and administrative management of the Consortium.

Education and Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH), 2019-present
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2014-present
  • PhD Public Health, University of Sheffield, 2013
  • MPH in Health Services Research, University of Sheffield, 2009
  • BA(Hons) in Geography, University of Sheffield, 2008

Professional Interests

I have a broad interest in research to reduce health inequalities, particularly research that is co-produced with Public Health policy-makers and practitioners.

A geographer by background, whilst studying at the University of Sheffield from 2005-2008 I developed a strong interest in how where we live affects our health. This interest led me to complete an MPH and then a PhD in Public Health at the University of Sheffield. In my early career I focused on research in the field of substance misuse, developing skills as a mixed methodologist working on a range of individual and population level topics. During this time I also taught on a range of undergraduate medical and MPH modules including 'Health Needs Assessment', 'Contemporary Health Psychology' and 'Epidemiology'.

In August 2015 I joined the Public Health Speciality Registrar Training Programme in the East Midlands and over 4 years worked in a range of local government public health teams, at Public Health England, in a clinical commissioning group and for the East Midlands Clinical Senate. Most recently I was an Acting Assistant Director of Public Health at Derbyshire County Council where I had responsibility for a broad portfolio including Healthcare Public Health, Health Protection and Commissioning. During this time I was able to use my skills as a researcher to explore how to embed a positive culture of research and evaluation in local government settings, including leading the development of Research and Evaluation Strategy and setting up research governance processes.

As the Consortium Manager for SIPHER, having previously worked as both a researcher and policy-maker, I am in a unique position to shape the development and impact of our work to generate a shift from health policy to healthy public policy.

Recent Publications

Gavens L, Whiteley L, Belencsak A, Careless J, Devine S, Richmond N, Muirhead A. (2019) Market segmentation tools provide insights into demographic variations in bowel cancer screening uptake. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 73, 778-785.

Bates S, Holmes J, Gavens L, Gomes de Matos E Li, J Ward, B Hooper L, Dixon S, Buykx P (2018) Awareness of alcohol as a risk factor for cancer is associated with public support for alcohol policies. BMC Public Health; 18:688.

Gavens L, Holmes J, Bühringer G, McLeod J, Neumann M, Lingford-Hughes A, Hock E S, Meier P S. (2018) Interdisciplinary working in public health research: a proposed good practice checklist. Journal of Public Health, 40(1), 175-182.

Buykx P, Li J, Gavens L, Hooper L, Gomes de Matos E, Holmes J. (2018) Self-reported Knowledge, Correct Knowledge and use of UK Drinking Guidelines Among a Representative Sample of the English Population. Alcohol & Alcoholism; DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agx127.

Mooney J, Holmes J, Gavens L, de Vocht F, Hickman M, Lock K, Brennan A. (2017). Investigating local policy drivers for alcohol harm prevention: a comparative case study of two local authorities in England. BMC Public Health; 17:825.

Gavens L, Holmes J, Buykx P, de Vocht F, Egan M, Grace D, Lock K, Mooney J, Brennan A. (2017) Processes of local alcohol policy-making in England: Does the theory of policy transfer provide useful insights into public health decision-making? Health & Place; DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.05.016.

Sadler S, Angus C, Gavens L, Gillespie D, Holmes J, Hamilton J, Brennan A, Meier P. (2017) Understanding the alcohol harm paradox: an analysis of sex‐ and condition‐specific hospital admissions by socioeconomic group for alcohol‐associated conditions in England. Addiction, 112(5), 808-817.

Buykx P, Li J, Gavens L, Hooper L, Lovatt M, de Matos EG, Meier P, Holmes J. (2016) Public awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer in England in 2015: a population-based survey. BMC Public Health, 16(1), p.1194.

Gavens L, Goyder E, Hock ES, Harris J, Meier P S. (2016) Alcohol consumption after health deterioration in older adults: a mixed-methods study. Public Health; 139; 79-87.