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Professor Jane South

About Professor Jane South

Jane is Professor of Healthy Communities working in the field of volunteering, active citizenship and community health.

Jane has a national and international reputation for her research on lay health workers and volunteer roles in health. She has a long standing interest in community engagement and is currently on secondment to Public Health England as an expert advisor on community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing. From 2006-2013, Jane was Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research at our University where she built up an extensive portfolio of research, publications and public engagement activity.

Committed to promoting equity in health, Jane has worked to establish CommUNIty - a community-campus partnership for health initiative to strengthen links between the Institute for Health and Wellbeing and local communities.

Current Teaching

  • Jane teaches on the MSc Public Health –Health Promotion
  • She also supervises a number of PhD and Masters students

Research Interests

Jane has been Principal Investigator on two NIHR funded studies and led a national evaluation of the Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund. More recently she has completed reviews for NICE on community engagement and undertaken a study of volunteers at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Her track record demonstrates her commitment to include the lay voice in research and Jane has extensive experience of qualitative and participatory methods, including research with marginalised groups.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (23)

  • Bagnall AM; South J; Hulme C; Woodall J; Vinall-Collier K; Raine G; Kinsella K; Dixey R; Harris L; Wright NMJ (In press), A systematic review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of peer education and peer support in prisons. BMC Public Health
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  • South J; Connolly AM; Stansfield JA; Johnstone P; Henderson G; Fenton KA (2018), Putting the public (back) into public health: leadership, evidence and action.. Journal of Public Health
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  • Stansfield J; South J (2018), A knowledge translation project on community-centred approaches in public health. Journal of Public Health
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  • South J; Bagnall A; Stansfield J; Southby K; Mehta P (2017), An evidence-based framework on community-centred approaches for health: England, UK. Health Promotion International, vol. 34 (2), p. 356-366.
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  • South J; Giuntoli G; Kinsella K; Carless D; Long J; McKenna J (2017), Walking, connecting and befriending: a qualitative pilot study of participation in a lay-led walking group intervention. Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 5
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  • South J; Bagnall A; Woodall J (2017), Developing a typology for peer education and peer support delivered by prisoners. Journal of Correctional Health Care, vol. 23 (2), p. 214-229.
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  • South J; Giuntoli G; Kinsella K (2017), Getting past the dual logic: findings from a pilot asset mapping exercise in Sheffield, UK. Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 25 (1), p. 105-113.
  • South J; Woodall J; Kinsella K; Bagnall A (2016), A qualitative synthesis of the positive and negative impacts related to delivery of peer-based health interventions in prison settings. BMC Health Services Research, vol. 16:525
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  • South J; Stansfield J; Fenton K (2015), Putting communities at the heart of public health. PERSPECTIVES IN PUBLIC HEALTH, vol. 135 (6), p. 291-293.
  • Woodall JR; South J; Dixey R; de Viggiani N; Penson W (2015), Factors that determine the effectiveness of peer interventions in prisons in England and Wales. Prison Service Journal, vol. 219
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  • South J; Bagnall A; Hulme C; Woodall J; Longo R; Dixey R; Kinsella K; Raine G; Vinall-Collier K; Wright J (2014), A systematic review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of peer-based interventions to maintain and improve offender health in prison settings. Health Services and Delivery Research, vol. 2 (35)
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  • South J; Phillips G (2014), Evaluating community engagement as part of the public health system. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 68 (7), p. 692-696.
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  • South J; Cattan M (2014), Developing evidence for public health policy and practice: The implementation of a knowledge translation approach in a staged, multi-methods study in England, 2007-09. Evidence and Policy, vol. 10 (3), p. 379-396.
  • South J (2014), Health promotion by communities and in communities: Current issues for research and practice. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, vol. 42
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  • South J; Purcell ME; Branney P; Gamsu M; White J (2013), Rewarding altruism: addressing the issue of payments for volunteers in public health initiatives. Social Science & Medicine
  • South J; White J; Branney P; Kinsella K (2013), Public health skills for a lay workforce: findings on skills and attributes from a qualitative study of lay health worker roles. Public Health, vol. 127 (5), p. 419-426.
  • South J; Meah A; Bagnall AM; Jones R (2013), Dimensions of lay health worker programmes: results of a scoping study and production of a descriptive framework. Global Health Promotion, vol. 20 (1), p. 5-15.
  • SOUTH J; BRANNEY P; KINSELLA K (2012), Citizens bridging the gap? Interpretations of volunteering roles in two public health projects. Voluntary Sector Review: an international journal of third sector research, policy and practice, vol. 2 (3), p. 297-315.
  • SOUTH J; KISELLA K; MEAH A (2012), Lay perspectives on lay health worker roles, boundaries and participation within three UK community-based health promotion projects. Health Education Research, vol. 27 (4), p. 656-670.
  • South J; Meah A; Branney PE (2012), 'Think differently and be prepared to demonstrate trust': findings from public hearings, England, on supporting lay people in public health roles. HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, vol. 27 (2), p. 284-294.
  • South J; Jackson KL; Warwick-Booth L (2011), The community health apprentices project-the outcomes of an intermediate labour market project in the community health sector. Community, Work and Family, vol. 14 (1), p. 1-18.
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  • South J; Sahota P (2010), Harnessing people power in health promotion. Primary Health Care, vol. 20 (8), p. 16-21.
  • SOUTH J; DARBY F; BAGNALL AM; WHITE AK (2010), Implementing a community-based self care initiative: a process evaluation. , vol. 18 (6), p. 662-670.

Books (2)

  • South J; White J; Gamsu M (2012) People-centred Public Health. . Policy Press.
  • Green J; South J (2006) Evaluation. . Open University Press.

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (1)

  • South J; Woodall J; Kinsella K; Dixey R; Penson B; de Viggiani N (2012) Peers in Prison Settings (PiPS) Expert Symposium. In: Peers in Prison Settings (PiPS) Expert Symposium Institute of Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Metropolitan University . Leeds: , pp. .
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Internet publications (1)

  • South J; Abdallah S; Bagnall A; Curtis S; Newton R; Pennington A; Corcoran R (2017), Building community wellbeing: a theory of change.

Reports (4)

  • Woodall JR; South J; Southby K; Kinsella K; May E; Bagnall A; Coan S (2016) Exploring the experiences and impacts of volunteer applicants for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. . Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH).
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  • Bagnall A; South J; Trigwell J; Kinsella K; White J; Harden A (2015) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Review 4: Community engagement - approaches to improve health: map of the literature on current and emerging community engagement policy and practice in the UK. . Leeds: Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Beckett University / Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London.
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  • South J (2015) A guide to community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing. . Public Health England / NHS England.
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  • South J; Hunter DJ; Gamsu M (2014) Need to Know Review Number two: What Local Government Needs to Know about Public Health. . Local Government Knowledge Navigator.
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