Miss Emma Bird

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  • Qualifications:BSc (HONS); MSc; FHEA
  • 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 obtained a BSc Psychology (with Honours) from the University of Liverpool in 2008 and was awarded an MSc Health Psychology (with Distinction) from UWE in 2010. Emma joined the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at UWE as a researcher in 2010 and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2014.

Emma is particularly interested in developing and evaluating complex public health interventions that are focused on promoting health behaviour change. Her research takes a socio-ecological approach and explores the individual-, social-, and environmental-level factors that influence the health behaviours of a range of population groups in a variety of settings. Emma is experienced in the utilisation of quantitative, qualitative and evidence synthesis research methods.

Emma contributes to teaching across the University and she leads two modules: Health Promotion (MSc Public Health) and Principles of Evidence Based Public Health (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)). Emma is the Admissions Tutor for the MSc Public Health programme.

Recent and current projects include:

  • Getting Research into Practice (2018-present) This study aims to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with applying evidence-based spatial planning and health tools into practice. Funded by Public Health England. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Action 3:30 (2017-2018) A cluster randomised feasibility trial evaluation of a teaching assistant led, extracurricular physical activity intervention for 8 to 10 year olds. Funded by NIHR PHR. Role: Project Researcher.
  • The Bristol twenty miles per hour limit evaluation (BRITE) (2017) This study aimed to evaluate the impact of the roll-out of 20mph speed limits across the city of Bristol. Funded by Bristol City Council. Role: Co-Applicant.
  • Healthy People Healthy Places Evidence Tool (2016) An umbrella review of the evidence for associations between the built environment and health. Funded by Public Health England. Role: Co-Applicant and Project Manager.
  • CLICK into Activity (2015-2018) This study involved the evaluation of a 12-week physical activity intervention for inactive adults at risk of type II diabetes. Funded by Sport England. Role: Co-Applicant and Project Manager.
  • Facts4Life (2013-2018) This study aimed to evaluate a school-based health education intervention. Funded by Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. Role: Co-Applicant and  Project Manager.
  • Bristol Girls Dance Project (2013-2015) A cluster randomised controlled trial of an after-school dance programme with 11-12 year old girls. Funded by NIHR PHR. Role: Project Researcher.
  • The iConnect study (2008-2013) This study aimed to measure and evaluate changes in travel, physical activity and carbon emissions related to the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure. Funded by EPSRC. Role: Project Researcher.


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