Dr Emma Bird

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  • Qualifications:BSc (HONS); MSc; FHEA; DPhil
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Public Health
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 88449
  • Email:Emma.Bird@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Emma Bird is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at UWE Bristol. Emma's background is in psychology, obtaining BSc Psychology (with Honours) from the University of Liverpool in 2008 and MSc Health Psychology (with Distinction) from UWE Bristol in 2010. Emma completed her doctoral studies in 2020, which focused on physical activity intervention development, evaluation, and implementation in community settings.

Emma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and has more than 10 years' experience of teaching in Higher Education. She currently leads the dissertation module on UWE Bristol's MSc Public Health programme and contributes to teaching and learning on many other undergraduate and postgraduate modules across the university. Emma previously led Health Promotion (2014-20) and Principles of Evidence Based Public Health (2013-20) modules, which contribute to MSc Public Health and Specialist Community Public Health (SCPHN) programmes, respectively. Emma is currently supervising two UWE Bristol doctoral students, one as Director of Studies.   

Emma is the UK Training and Capacity Strengthening lead for the SafeTrip Nepal project, funded by NIHR Global Health Research. She is an honorary Public Health Academic with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) (formerly Public Health England) and is a member of the Active Lives Health Integration Team. Emma is co-author of Research Methods for Public Health (Sage, 2019), authoring chapters on evidence synthesis and mixed methods research. 

Emma joined the South West Public Health Specialty Training Programme as an academic supervisor in 2023, and is the UWE Bristol lead for the South West Public Health Workforce Development Sponsorship Scheme.

Area of expertise

Emma is an active member of UWE Bristol's Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing, with broad research interests in health and place and evaluation in health and wellbeing. Methodologically, Emma has extensive experience of leading and managing mixed methods research studies, and she also has expertise in evidence synthesis approaches.

Emma is currently leading two research evaluation projects as Principal Investigator, securing funding from the UK Prevention Research Partnership (£32K) and South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council (17.5K).


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