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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 (24)

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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