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

I am a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at UWE, Bristol. I 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. I joined the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at UWE as a researcher in 2010 and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2014. In 2020 I completed a DPhil by publication, focused on community-based physical activity intervention development and evaluation.

I lead and teach on the Health Promotion module on the MSc Public Health programme and the Principles of Evidence Based Public Health module on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme. I also contribute to many other undergraduate and postgraduate modules across the university. I am the Admissions Tutor for the MSc Public Health programme.

I am research active, conducting and supervising research on a range public health topics. My personal research interests are focused on developing and evaluating public health interventions that promote health behaviour change. My research takes a socio-ecological approach and explores the individual-, social-, and environmental-level factors that influence the health and health behaviours of a range of population groups in a variety of settings.

I am experienced in the utilisation of quantitative, qualitative, and evidence synthesis methods, and I am a co-author of the textbook Research Methods for Public Health published by Sage. I am also a reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals.

I am a member of the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network (BSPHN), the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH), and the Bristol-based Active People: Promoting Healthy Life Expectancy (APPHLE) Health Integration Team. I also hold a permanent Honorary Public Health Academic Contract with Public Health England.


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