Centre for Health Promotion Research

The Centre for Health Promotion Research (CHPR) is one of the leading academic institutions for health promotion research in the UK.

Our aims

As one of the leading academic institutions for health promotion research in the UK, the Centre for Health Promotion Research has the following aims:

  • To maintain a broad and integrated programme of health promotion research which addresses local, national and international issues
  • To develop research capacity and support practice-based health promotion research; with a particular focus upon practice within communities drawing upon the role of Health Together
  • To develop collaborative research, locally, nationally and internationally, which advances the evidence base for health promotion
  • To disseminate and research widely through reports, journals, seminars, newsletters etc.; and to influence policy and practice via engagement with relevant organisations
  • To provide a forum for exchanging ideas on the principles and practice of health promotion research.

We have been commissioned to conduct research and evaluation by organisations such as NICE, Public Health England, NHS Health Scotland, Department of Health, Department for Transport, Local Government and the NIHR as well as third sector organisations, like Shelter, Hamara and the Jigsaw Visitors' Centre at HMP Leeds.


  • Community health and well-being
  • Empowerment
  • Gender and health promotion
  • Prison health
  • Workplace health and well-being
  • Healthy schools; physical activity
  • The health promotion workforce
  • Global health and health inequalities.

Moreover, staff have experience in supporting research that uses a wide range of methodological approaches, including participatory methods.

Our Experts

Postgraduate study

Our research expertise is diverse and wide-ranging and has contributed to developing policy and practice in many areas. Our centre undertakes commissioned research and evaluation activity which not only contributes to the evidence-base, but directly feeds into teaching and learning activities.

Research degrees

As well as our taught programmes we also offer a range of postgraduate research degrees in the areas above, if you are interested please contact Dr James Woodhall - j.woodall@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Study with us

the graduate school

Study for a research degree at Leeds Beckett and you'll join a thriving academic community in an inspiring and supportive environment.

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  1. Partnerships

    CHPR staff work in partnership with national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, health and social care professionals and other academic researchers to produce research that is timely and relevant. Professor Jane South is currently seconded to Public Health England as National Advisor for Communities.


  • Cross, R.M. and Warwick-Booth, L. (2018) Evaluating a gender-specific intensive intervention programme: young women's voices and experiences. Health Education Journal, March.
  • Cross, R.M. and Warwick-Booth, L. (2018) Neoliberal salvation through a gendered intervention: A critical analysis of vulnerable young women's talk. Alternative Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research.
  • Southby, K. and Gamsu, M. (2018) Factors affecting general practice collaboration with voluntary and community sector organisations. Health & social care in the community, January.
  • Southby, K. and Robinson, O. (2017) Information, Advocacy and Signposting as a Low-Level Support for Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Example from the UK.Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, October.
  • Southby, K. (2017) Reflecting on (the challenge of) conducting participatory research as a research-degree student.Research for All, January.
  • Southby, K. (2016) Barriers to non-residential respite care for adults with moderate to complex needs: A UK perspective. Journal of intellectual disabilities : JOID, July.


  • Warwick-Booth, L. and Cross, R.M. (2018) Global Health Studies A Social Determinants Perspective. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Warwick-Booth, L. (2013) Social Inequality. SAGE. – updated edition will be published 2018 – 2nd edition

Book Chapters

  • Warwick-Booth, L. and Cross, R. (2017) A delivery model of a gender-specific intervention approach – Lessons for policy makers. In: Nico, M. and Taru, M. eds. Youth Knowledge book # 21 “Needles in haystacks. Finding a way forward for cross-sectoral youth policy. Council of Europe, pp. 241-256

CONTACT - Professor Jane South