Professor Sarah Salway

BA(Hons), University of Oxford; MSc, PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Department of Sociological Studies

Professor of Public Health

Professor Sarah Salway
+44 114 222 6438

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Professor Sarah Salway
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Sarah joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2017, having previously been based within the School of Health & Related Research at the University of Sheffield from 2013. Prior to that, she worked at Sheffield Hallam University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and spent extended periods of time living and researching in India and Bangladesh.

Sarah’s work lies at the intersection of sociology, social policy and public health, with the aim of understanding and addressing the social and political determinants of health and wellbeing. Her work has particularly focused on health inequalities linked to migration, ethnicity and gender, and the processes of identification and in/exclusion operating at policy, practice and community levels that shape health-related experiences and outcomes. Her work also includes a focus on understanding the perspectives of service users and improving the fit between provision/initiatives and needs within complex systems.

A parallel body of work explores the ethics and science of researching race/ethnicity and health. Projects have focused on a range of health topics, particularly reproductive health. Much of Sarah’s work involves close collaboration with statutory and third sector organisations, as well as partnerships with community-based groups and local people. Her research is international, with recent projects taking place in UK, Malawi, Ghana, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Currently, Sarah leads the cross-faculty Health Equity and Inclusion Research Group and is engaged in work under the umbrella of the national UK NIHR National School for Public Health Research.



  • Salway SM, Platt L, Chowbey P, Harriss K & Bayliss E (2007) Long-term ill health, poverty and ethnicity. Policy Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Horstman RG, Cleland J, Douthwaite M, Ambegaokar M & Salway S (2002) Monitoring and Evaluation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions. NIDI and LSHTM. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Such E, Laurent C & Salway S (2018) 3.1-O7Modern slavery as a public health concern in the UK. European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 28(suppl_1) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villadsen S, Essen B, Azria E, McCourt C, Schytt E & Salway S (2018) Interventions for good practice in maternity care for immigrant women - insights from the ROAM collaboration. ROAM: Reproductive Outcomes among Migrants. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol. 28 (pp 16-16) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Such E, Laurent C & Salway S (2018) Modern slavery as a public health concern in the UK. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol. 28 (pp 47-47) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salway S (2018) Working 'with and against' ethnic categories to understand and tackle health inequalities: illustrations from research and practice relating to infant mortality in England. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol. 28 (pp 30-31) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salway S, Katikireddi V, Raghavan R & Orton L (2018) What can health humanities contribute to understanding and tackling ethnic and racial health inequities?. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol. 28 (pp 17-17) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salway S (2017) Co-production and testing of a community genetic literacy intervention among a minority ethnic community. European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 27(suppl_3) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mackenzie K, Goyder E, Johnson M, Lee A, Salway S, Horsley J & Vedio A (2016) OP77 Commissioning services for disease prevention in England: A qualitative examination of barriers and enablers. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol. 70(Suppl 1) (pp A43.1-A43) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mclean S, Booth A, Gee M, Bhanbhro S, Salway S, Cobb M & Nancarrow S (2016) Appointment reminder systems are effective but not optimal: Results of a systematic review and evidence synthesis employing realist principles. Manual Therapy, Vol. 25 (pp e125-e125) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ponsford R, Collins M, Egan M, Lewis S, Orton L, Salway S, Townsend A, Halliday E, Whitehead M & Popay J (2015) Development of a framework for identifying and measuring collective control as a social determinant of health: findings from an evaluation of a natural policy experiment in empowerment. The Lancet, Vol. 386 (pp S64-S64) RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 25(suppl_3) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salway S, Ali P & Ahmed S (2014) Towards enhanced community genetic literacy among a minority ethnic community: a participatory action research project. LANCET, Vol. 384 (pp 7-7) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mir G, Salway S, Carter L, Tuner D, Ellison G & Gerrish K (2014) Understanding the marginalisation of ethnic diversity and inequity within UK healthcare commissioning: contributions and challenges of organisational ethnography. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 13 (pp 574-575) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salway S, Mumtaz Z & McIntyre L (2014) Understanding and addressing healthcare inequity: A role for ethnographic research?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 13 (pp 573-574) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mumtaz Z, Levay A, Bhatti A & Salway S (2014) Using organisational ethnography to reveal how gender and caste inequities impact on programme functioning in Pakistan: the case of the Community Midwife Programme. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 13 (pp 575-575) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salway S, Piercy H & Presto L (2013) How can realist synthesis methods contribute to building the evidence base for action on ethnic health inequalities? A narrative assessment. LANCET, Vol. 382 (pp 87-87) RIS download Bibtex download


Website content

Working papers

  • Chambers D, Preston L, Topakas A, de Saille S, Salway S, Booth A, Dawson J & Wilsdon J (2017) Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download



Research group

Sarah has supervised 11 students to successful completion, including both UK and international students. She welcomes enquiries from prospective students interested in investigating the broad linkages between migration, race/ethnicity and health and the gendered influences on health and wellbeing. She is particularly interested to supervise projects focused on South Asia and/or British Asian populations, poverty and reproductive health. Sarah can support a range of methodological approaches.

Current students (based across Sociological Studies, ScHARR and AUPMC):

  • Christy Braham - Health navigators and migrant women's health needs (University of Sheffield fellowship).
  • Rebecca Mawson - General practice (primary healthcare) contributions to tackling inequalities in sexual and reproductive health.
  • Christie Garner - Children's perspectives on the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Programme (In collaboration with the Race Equality Foundation; White Rose Doctoral Training Centre fellowship)
  • Natalie Bennett - Neighbourhood diversity and mental wellbeing (funded by NIHR School for Public Health Research)

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Date Sponsor Details

Medical Research Council (Health Systems Research Initiative)

Scaling up the 24/7 Basic Health Unit strategy to provide round the clock maternity care in Punjab, Pakistan: A theory-driven implementation study. PI: Salway, S and Mumtaz, Z. CIs: Bhatti, A, Booth, A and Dawson, J. £780,000


National Institute for Health Research, UK (Public Health Research Funding Board)

How can loneliness and social isolation be reduced among migrant and minority ethnic people? PI: Salway, S. CIs: Booth, A, Preston, L, Victor, C, Such, E, Ragavan, R, Powell, K and Hamilton, J. £212,200.


The Health Foundation

Supporting new migrants in primary care. PI: Such, E. CIs: Salway, S, Walton, E. £55,443.


National Institute for Health Research, UK

School for Public Health Research. PI: Nicholl, J. CIs: Goyder, E, Salway, S, Meier, P, Brennan, A. £1.6 million.


Canadian IDRC

Improving standards based maternity care in Malawi. PI: Chirwa, E. CIs: Mumtaz, Z, Salway S. et al. Ca$1million.


Medical Research Council (Public Health Intervention Development Scheme)

Modifying a weight management intervention for people with intellectual disabilities. PI: Croot, E. CIs: O’Cathain, A, Salway, S, Harris, J, Hatton, C, Lanvin, J. £148,023.


National Institute for Health Research, UK. (Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship)

Mobilising knowledge about ethnic inequalities to improve access, experience and outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic users of NHS services. Fellow: Carter, L. CI Mentors: Salway, S, Gerrish, K. £145,847.


National Institute for Health Research, UK

CLAHRC Yorkshire & Humber Public Health & Inequalities Theme. PI: Goyder, E. CIs: Salway, S, Tod, A. £941,433.


UK Department of Health (Policy Research Programme)

A study of knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about Hepatitis B among Chinese and Far East Asian residents of South Yorkshire. PI: Vedio, A. CIs: Lee, A, Horsely, J, Salway, S, Goyder, E. £220,219.


National Institute for Health Research, UK (Health Services & Delivery Research)

Towards equitable commissioning for our multi-ethnic society: understanding and enhancing the critical utilisation of evidence by strategic commissioners and public health managers. PI: Salway, S. CIs: Gerrish, K, Mir, G, Ellison, GTH, Whitfield, M. £348,100.


Economic and Social Research Council (National Centre for Research Methods)

Promoting methodological innovation and capacity building in research on ethnicity. PI: Dale, A. CIs: Nazroo, J, Salway, S, Platt, L. £24,000.


Canadian Institute of Health Research

Addressing disparities in maternal health care in Pakistan: gender, class and exclusion.. PI: Mumtaz, Z. CIs: Hamid, Lang, L, Shanner, Salway S, Zaman. Ca$450,000.


Economic and Social Research Council

Patterns, predictors and implications of multi-morbidity: exploring the co-incidence of depression and other types of chronic ill-health.. PI: Salway, S. CI: Coy, J, Grimsley, M. £24,600.


Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Ethnic diversity in social science research. PI: Salway, S. CI: Ellison, GTH, Gerrish, K. £82,000.


Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Fathering in middle childhood among UK South Asians. PI: Salway, S. CI: Clarke, L., Chowbey, P. £104,000.


Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Limiting illness, poverty and ethnicity: breaking the vicious cycle. PI: Salway S. CIs: Platt, L, Bayliss, E. £89,817.


The Nuffield Foundation (Career Development Fellowship)

Bangladeshi households in North and South: a conceptual and empirical exploration of livelihoods and wellbeing. PI: Salway S. Mentor: Grundy, E. £76,813.

 Selected consultancy and knowledge transfer projects

Date Sponsor Details

Public Health England

Ethnicity and health in UK: technical support to an evidence review. PI: Salway, S. £5,000.


Medical Research Council P2D and Public Health England

Modern slavery: the public health response. PIs: Salway, S, and Such, E. £14,735.


Wellcome Trust

Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research. PI: Wilsdon, J, CIs: Salway, S, Booth, A, Preston, L et al. £45,270.


Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Poverty and stress: review project. PI: Blank, L. CIs: Goyder,E Baxter,S, Salway, S, Bissell, P. £29,928.


Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

Identifying promising innovations to enhance equity and efficiency in care for new migrant populations. PI: Such, E. CIs: Salway, S and Walton, E. £22,659.


Sheffield City Council

Developing online training resource for health professionals and the public on consanguinity and recessive genetic disorders. PI: Salway, S. £4,000.


Genetics Disorders UK

A participatory research study to develop a community genetic literacy intervention. PI: Salway, S. CI: Hussein, G., Ali, P. £23,124.


NHS Sheffield

A community based survey of knowledge and attitudes related to infant health. PI: Salway, S. CI: Piercy, H., Ismail, H. £12,000.


NHS Leeds

Cousin marriage and genetic risk: insight and development work.. PI: Salway, S. CI: Dearden, A, Ali, P. £16,500.


NHS Sheffield

Exploration of factors contributing to lower revascularisation rates among Pakistani women in Sheffield: preliminary studies & proposal development. PI: Piercy, H. CI: Salway, S., Chowbey, P. £13,500.


UK Department for Work and Pensions

A review of the experiences of clients of the Pensions, Carers and Disability Service from minority ethnic backgrounds. PI: Salway, S. CIs: Allmark, P., Crisp, D. £20,000.


UK Equalities and Human Rights Commission

Scientific overview of health and life expectancy for the Triennial Review. PI: Salway, S. Allmark P CIs: Piercy, H. £24,560.


Trent Research Development Support Unit

Increasing capacity in researching ethnic inequalities in health. PI: Salway, S. CI: Brewins, L., Dhoot, P. £14,500.


NHS Bradford and Airedale

Development of a digital learning resource for cultural competence training. PI: Salway S. CI: Higginbottom, G. £4,000.


NHS Sheffield

Evaluation of the Enhanced Public Health Programmes. PI: Salway S, Tod, A. CI: McClimens, A, Chowbey, P. £25,000.


South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association

Adapting Syeda's services to better meet the needs of minority ethnic communities: evaluation and feasibility study. PI: Salway S. CI: Chowbey P, Ismail, M. £3,600.


NHS Bradford & Airedale

Documenting the experiences and insights of UK South Asian GPs in Bradford. . PI: Salway, S. CI: Higginbottom, G. £9,400.