Dr Liz Such


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Liz Such
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Dr Liz Such
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am a NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow in public health. 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. I work with local authorities across the UK to help address health inequalities http://hiay.org/

My research also focuses on under-represented and marginalised populations, especially minority ethnic and migrant populations and people who are subject to exploitation and trafficking. I worked for 4 years in the 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.

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)
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

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Edited books

  • Such E (Ed.) (2014) Research in Leisure Education, Cultures and Experience. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Such E (2011) The family factor in social tourism, Social Tourism in Europe: Theory and Practice (pp. 126-144). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Snape R, Binks P & Such E (2011) Re-shaping sport: increasing leisure based physical activity amongst British South Asian women In Long J, Fitzgerald H & Millward P (Ed.), Delivering Equality in Sport and Leisure Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Such E (2009) Fatherhood, the morality of personal time and leisure-based parenting In Kay T (Ed.), Fathering through Sport and Leisure (pp. 73-87). London/NY: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers


  • Such E, Hayes K, Woodward J, McCoig A & Campos-Matos I (2021) Refining a public health approach to modern slavery RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salway S, Booth A, Such E, Hamilton J, Powell K, Preston L, Victor C & Raghavan R (2020) How can loneliness and social isolation be reduced among migrant and minority ethnic people? Systematic, participatory review of programme theories, system processes and outcomes RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Delaney B, Such E, Walton E, Harris J & Salway S () New Migrants in Primary Healthcare – How are services adapting? Summary and Mini Case Book View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Such E (2014) Do Mega Sports Events have a Legacy?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Such E Primary Care for New Migrants - Researching for Innovations. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

PhD Students

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 and memberships

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 served on the NIHR Public Health Research funding board (2019-20) and sit on the NIHR Equality and Diversity Advisory Committee (2019-)

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 funding 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.