Research at Leeds Beckett
About Jenny Woodward
Jenny is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Promotion Research. She specialises in the evaluation of public health interventions, qualitative research and writing accessible briefings. The involvement of lay health workers and community engagement approaches are regular themes in her work.
Part-time, Jenny is studying for a PhD. Entitled 'People and Parks' this explores how Local Authorities and Communities can work together to improve green spaces for health.
Managing complex evaluation projects incorporating multiple research methods is a key area of Jenny's expertise. Examples include evaluations of the RNIB Living Well with Diabetes project, the HSCVF bursary fund, Leeds Winter Warmth and Bradford Beating Diabetes.
An experienced qualitative researcher, Jenny has worked in community settings, schools, and primary care. She's interviewed people from all walks of life, om topics such as the importance of transport for older people, how schools can improve the uptake of school meals, the role of voluntary organisations for mental health support and the prevention of diabetes
Finally, Jenny is skilled at writing short accessible lay summaries of research and disseminating these into practice. This is based on her time spent working in marketing and communications before her move into academia.
Jenny regularly reaches research methods, particularly in terms of collecting and analysing qualitative data and has supervised many final year dissertation students.
- Supervision of Nutrition & Dietetic dissertation students
- Taught on various modules on the topic of conducting and analysing qualitative research
Jenny's PhD aims to utilise her knowledge and experience of community engagement in health and apply this to how communities can be supported in helping to maintain and improve their local urban green space. Drawing on her own personal experience she aims to map the ways in which communities are currently involved in their local green spaces, explore the role of the wider workforce and identify the support communities need from Local Authorities.