Dr Emma Halliday

Senior Research Fellow

Research Interests

Emma Halliday is a social scientist and historian based in the Division's Centre for Health Inequalities Research. Her research and knowledge exchange centres primarily on the social determinants of health and health inequalities. Current areas of focus include the evaluation of area based initiatives, community empowerment and spatial stigma:

  • The Communities in Control Study - An evaluation of the health impact of the place based initiative - Big Local
  • New Deal for Communities - two studies evaluating the health impact of one of England's largest area based initiatives
  • How communities are taking action to tackle the impact of neighbourhood stigma in local areas

Prior to joining DHR, Emma worked on various mental health research programmes and was a evaluation advisor for public health policy work in Scotland.

She has doctorate in history, which looked at the hospitalisation of mental health care in late 19th century Scotland. She currently holds a small grant from the Economic History Society, using hospital and census records to track the trajectories of women's mental health nursing careers in York hospitals.

Emma is also a public involvement advisor for the R&D North West Service.

The impact of free access to swimming pools on children's participation in swimming: A comparative regression discontinuity study
Higgerson, J., Halliday, E., Ortiz-Nunez, A., Barr, B. 14/05/2018 In: Journal of Public Health.
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Impact of free access to leisure facilities and community outreach on inequalities in physical activity: a quasi-experimental study
Higgerson, J., Halliday, E.C., Ortiz-Nunez, A., Brown, R., Barr, B. 12/02/2018 In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 72, 3, p. 252-258. 7 p.
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Leisure centre entrance charges and physical activity participation in England
Ward, F., Halliday, E.C., Barr, B., Higgerson, J., Holt, V.L. 11/12/2017 In: Health Promotion International.
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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.
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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
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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.
Chapter

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.
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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.
Book

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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