Dr Emma Halliday

Senior Research Fellow

Research Interests

Research and public engagement

Emma Halliday is a social scientist and historian undertaking research and public engagement in the field of public health and health inequalities.

She is currently leading a project with funding from the NIHR School for Public Health Research, which aims to use learning from the Communities in Control study (below) to highlight the important of resident/lay experience and knowledge as part of local action to tackle health inequalities witin the public health field. The project is undertaken in collaboration with colleagues at other universities involved with SPHR (FUSE, LSHTM, Sheffield and Liverpool) and with public/practitioner advisers.

Current projects:

  • The Communities in Control Study - An evaluation of the health impact of the place based initiative - Big Local - being rolled out in 150 areas in England. Co-investigator
  • Supporting community engagement actions to reduce health inequalities: co-production of learning materials from the Communities in Control study. Lead
  • Understanding how residents and local agencies are taking action to tackle the impact of neighbourhood stigma in their communities. Funding support from the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences. Lead

Recently completed projects

Between 2010-2013, Emma worked on a research programme evaluating the health impact of one of England's largest area based initiatives - New Deal for Communities.

Historical interests

Emma has a doctorate in history, which explored the hospitalisation of mental health care in late 19th century Scotland. She actively pursues her interests in social history as part of her research and engagement activities. She recently published a research article on the role of women in 19th century philanthropy in the mental health field. She currently holds a small grant from the Economic History Society, which is using hospital and census records to track the trajectories of mental health nursing careers in three York hospitals.

As a fundraising and evaluation volunteer, she has supported two Heritage Lottery Funded projects about the slave trade and its abolition in Lancaster. These projects have sought to use participatory approaches as way of engaging the public and school students in discussions about social injustice and trade injustice.

Useful work for idle hands or a brightening and elevating influence?: The introduction of the Brabazon Employment Scheme to Glasgow's public institutions in the late 19th century
Halliday, E.C. 10/2017 In: Family and Community History. 20, 2, p. 145-156. 12 p.
Journal article

Using local authority entrance charges to tackle inequalities in physical activity?: A qualitative study of leisure and public health perspectives
Halliday, E.C., Barr, B., Higgerson, J., Holt, V.L., Ortiz-Nunez, A., Ward, F. 11/09/2017 In: Journal of Public Health.
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Putting context centre stage: evidence from a systems evaluation of an area based empowerment initiative in England
Orton, L., Halliday, E.C., Collins, J.M., Egan, M., Lewis, S., Ponsford, R., Powell, K., Salway, S., Townsend, A., Whitehead, M., Popay, J.M. 2017 In: Critical Public Health. 27, 4, p. 477-489. 13 p.
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Local policies to tackle a national problem: comparative qualitative case studies of an English local authority alcohol availability intervention
Egan, M., Brennan, A., Buykx, P., De Vocht, F., Gavens, L., Grace, D., Halliday, E., Hickman, M., Holt, V., Mooney, J.D., Lock, K. 09/2016 In: Health and Place. 41, p. 11-18. 8 p.
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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
Ponsford, R., Collins, J.M., Egan , M., Halliday, E.C., Salway, S., Orton, L., Popay, J.M., Townsend, A., Whitehead, M. 13/11/2015
Meeting abstract

Understanding area-based community empowerment initiatives as events systems and the implications for evaluating their potential to affect health inequalities
Halliday, E.C., Orton, L., Egan, M., Lewis, S., Powell, K., Townsend, A., Tyrrell, R., Whitehead, M., Popay, J.M. 13/11/2015
Meeting abstract

Health trajectories in regeneration areas in England: the impact of the New Deal for Communities intervention
Walthery, P., Stafford, M., Nazroo, J., Whitehead, M., Dibben, C., Halliday, E., Povall, S., Popay, J. 08/2015 In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 69, 8, p. 762-768. 7 p.
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Evaluating the health inequalities impact of area-based initiatives across the socioeconomic spectrum: a controlled intervention study of the New Deal for Communities, 2002-2008
Stafford, M., Badland, H., Nazroo, J., Halliday, E., Walthery, P., Povall, S., Dibben, C., Whitehead, M., Popay, J. 10/2014 In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 68, 10, p. 979-986. 8 p.
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New deal for communities as a ‘natural policy experiment’
Halliday, E., Popay, J. 2014 In: SAGE research methods cases. Sage Electronic ISBN: 9781446273050.

Getting Scotland on the move?: reflections on a 5-year review of Scotland's national physical activity strategy
Halliday, E., Mutrie, N., Bull, F. 11/2013 In: British Journal of Sports Medicine. 47, 17, p. 1130-1132. 3 p.
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Participation and human rights: impact on women’s and children’s health. What does the literature tell us?
Ferguson, L., Halliday, E. 2013 In: Women’s and children’s health. Geneva : World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe p. 68-81. 14 p. Electronic ISBN: 9789241505420.

Roma Health Resource Workshop: in support of developing or revising/updating the health component of the National Roma Integration Strategies or Decade of Roma Inclusion action plans
Halliday, E. 2011 World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

Do health improvement programmes fit with MRC guidance on evaluating complex interventions?
Mackenzie, M., O'Donnell, C., Halliday, E., Sridharan, S., Platt, S. 1/02/2010 In: BMJ. 340, 7743
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Professional and service-user perceptions of self-help in primary care mental health services
Pratt, R., Halliday, E., Maxwell, M. 03/2009 In: Health and Social Care in the Community. 17, 2, p. 209-215. 7 p.
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Measuring the tail of the dog that doesn't bark in the night: the case of the national evaluation of Choose Life (the national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland)
Mackenzie, M., Blamey, A., Halliday, E., Maxwell, M., McCollam, A., McDaid, D., MacLean, J., Woodhouse, A., Platt, S. 6/07/2007 In: BMC Public Health. 7, 8 p.
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Making an impact?: mental health improvement training in Scotland
Halliday, E., Friedli, L., McCollam, A., Hogg, E. 2004 In: Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 3, 3, p. 18-28. 11 p.
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