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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 (48)

Books (2)

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

Briefings (3)

Chapters (3)

Conference contributions (35)

  • Frost S; South J (2011) Communities and Health: Reflections on community development and lay involvement in public health University of East London 09/12/2011.
  • SOUTH J (2011) Trust and equality: creating an asset-based rationale for citizen involvement in health Leeds, UK 08/12/2011.
  • South J; Kinsella K; Giuntoli G; McKenna J; Long J; Carless D (2011) Walking for Health: A Quantitative Study of the Links between Community Engagement, Social Capital and Health Outcomes within Volunteer-Led Health Walks Amsterdam, Holland 11/10/2011. Holland:
  • SOUTH J; WHITE J; GAMSU M (2011) Trust and equality: creating an asset-based rationale for citizen involvement in health improvement services British Library, London 26/09/2011.
  • SOUTH J (2011) Community involvement and the changing conditions of welfare in the UK Roskilde University, Denmark 28/08/2011.
  • SOUTH J (2011) Is public health everyone's business? The Big Society and the changing public health workforce London 15/02/2011. http://www.nhsconfed.org/Training/Documents/Jane%20South.pdf
  • SOUTH J (2011) People in Public Health research . Leeds:
  • SOUTH J; WHITE J (2011) People in Public Health - asset based approaches to citizen engagement Durham NHS and Darlington NHS .
  • SOUTH J; GAMSU M; WHITE J; BRANNEY P (2011) Developing a 'lay workforce' for public health - what can health services offer? Liverpool 07/06/2011. Liverpool:
  • SOUTH J; WOODWARD J; WHITE J (2010) Can we develop an outcomes model for the 'big society'? Birmingham, UK 22/11/2010.
  • Davies R; SOUTH J (2010) Demonstrating the Impact: The Evidence Base Leeds 30/11/2010. http://www.yhpho.org.uk/resource/item.aspx?RID=95033
  • SOUTH J; BRANNEY P (2010) Expert hearings - a new approach for generating and testing evidence? Birmingham, UK 22/11/2010.
  • SOUTH J; FROST S (2010) Sharing and developing the evidence: The story so far 27/09/2010.
  • BRANNEY P; SOUTH J (2010) Health and lay people in the public health force: a cross case analysis of the People in Public Health project Cluj-Napoca, Romania 01/09/2010. Taylor & Francis.
  • BRANNEY P; SOUTH J (2010) Health dialogues and dialectics in context: the 'People in Public Health' expert hearings Romania 01/09/2010.
  • BRANNEY P; SOUTH J (2010) Healthy employment? Case studies of lay people in the public health workforce Nottingham University 23/08/2010.
  • SOUTH J (2010) People in Public Health - selected findings on community involvement Thornhill, Southampton 23/03/2010.
  • BRANNEY P; SOUTH J (2010) Healthy employment? Lay people joining the public health workforce Bournemouth 24/03/2010.
  • SOUTH J; KINSELLA K (2010) They make the tea and make you feel welcome". public perceptions of volunteer roles in public health Bournemouth 24/03/2010.
  • SOUTH J; GAMSU M; WHITE J; BRANNEY P (2010) To pay or not to pay? Options for supporting citizen engagement in public health programmes . Bournemouth:
  • SOUTH J; FROST S (2010) Developing the Evidence Base for Community and Work Place Health Champions Leeds . Leeds:
  • SOUTH J; WHITE A (2010) People in Public Health . Manchester:
  • ROBINSON M; SOUTH J; KINSELLA K (2010) Mental Health and Employment Thematic Evaluation Feedback Leeds, UK .
  • SOUTH J (2010) An Introduction to the Centre for Health Promotion Research Centre for Health Promotion Research, Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark .
  • SOUTH J; BRANNEY P; KINSELLA K (2010) "It's not that sort of authority figure coming over and telling me how to live my life": exploring the rationale for lay involvement in the delivery of public health programmes University of Lincoln 05/07/2010. University of Lincoln:
  • SOUTH J (2009) Making the case for Community Health Champions: The building blocks of business planning Leeds, UK 12/10/2009.
  • South J; Frost N (2009) Academic-community partnerships- where next? Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK 10/09/2009. Leeds Metropolitan University:
  • CROSS R; SOUTH J; NEWELL C (2009) Using photography in participatory research Brighton, UK 26/03/2009.
  • CROSS R; SOUTH J; NEWELL C (2009) This area could be so nice...Exploring the opinions of parents living in a deprived inner city area Brighton, UK 26/03/2009.
  • SOUTH J; GAMSU M; MEAH A; WHITE J; SMITHIES J (2009) What needs to change? Findings from expert hearings on involving lay people in public health Brighton, UK 25/03/2009.
  • SOUTH J; WARWICK-BOOTH L; Jackson K (2009) Investment and returns - An Evaluation of a Community Health Apprentices Project Brighton, UK 25/03/2009.
  • South J; Bagnall A; Cattan M (2008) Can the conflict between community engagement and the drive for evidence be resolved in local evaluations? 23/10/2008.
  • SOUTH J; GAMSU M; WHITE A; BAGNALL A; MEAH A (2008) People power - Involving lay people in public health roles Liverpool, UK 01/04/2008.
  • SOUTH J (2008) How do we build an evidence base for Community Health Champions Leeds, UK . Leeds:
  • SOUTH J; FARRAR M (2008) Hamara Healthy Living Centre - an evaluation . Leeds:

Conference proceedings (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. .http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pips/
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Exhibitions (1)

  • SOUTH J. People in Public Health; approaches to develop and support active citizens in public health roles, (In press)-(In press)

Internet publications (1)

Other (4)

  • South J; Bagnall A-M; Southby K; Freeman C; Pennington A; Corcoran R (2020) Community Wellbeing Case study synthesis: study protocol
  • South J; Woodward J (2011) Submission of written evidence to the ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP Primary Care and Public Health Special Inquiry: "Does the Public Health White Paper Truly Seize Opportunities for better health?" Evidence submitted by the People in Public Health research team, Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • South J; Woodward J (2010) A response to the inquiry: "The NHS White Paper & Public Engagement" From the People in Public Health research team, Centre for Health Promotion Research. Submission to All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care & Public Health inquiry into NHS White Paper
  • WHITE J (2009) Building the Evidence Base for Health Trainers

Reports (27)

  • 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).http://www.gcph.co.uk/publications/617_exploring_the_experiences_and_impacts_of_glasgow_2014_volunteer_applicants
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  • Bagnall A; Kinsella K; Trigwell J; South J; Sheridan K; Harden A (2016) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Primary Research Report 1: Community engagement - approaches to improve health: map of current practice based on a case study approach. Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Beckett University / Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London.
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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.https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/GID-PHG79/documents/community-engagement-update-review-4-community-engagement-map-of-literature2
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  • South J (2015) A guide to community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing. Public Health England / NHS England.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-wellbeing-a-guide-to-community-centred-approaches
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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.http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/11493/What+local+government+needs+to+know+about+public+health+-+version+2/aea4a4d7-49ed-4754-a81b-e8aac4b06195
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  • South J; Giuntoli G; Cross R; Kinsella K; Warwick-Booth L; Woodall J; White J (2013) An evaluation of the Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund. Institute for Health & Wellbeing, Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • South J; Giuntoli G; Kinsella K (2013) An evaluation of the Walking for Wellness project and the befriender role. Institute for Health & Wellbeing, Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/
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  • Giuntoli G; Kinsella K; South J (2012) Evaluation of the Altogether Better Asset Mapping in Sharrow and Firth Park, Sheffield. http://www.altogetherbetter.org.uk/
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  • Warwick-Booth L; South J (2012) Wakefield Area Working Evaluation Framework - Literature Review. Institute for Health & Wellbeing, Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • Cross R; Kinsella K; South J (2011) An evaluation of the C-Card Scheme in Bradford District. Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University: Bradford & Airedale NHS Trust.
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  • ROBERTSON S; WITTY K; LOWCOCK D; BRAYBROOK D; RAINE G; SOUTH J; WHITE A (2011) Evaluation of the Supporting Self Care in General Practice Programme: Final Report. Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • ROBERTSON S; WITTY K; LOWCOCK D; BRAYBROOK D; SOUTH J; RAINE G; WHITE A (2011) Evaluation of the Supporting Self Care in General Practice programme. Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • SOUTH J; FROST N (2011) Communities and Health: Reflections on community development and lay involvement in public health. Institute of Health and Human Development, University of East London.
  • SOUTH J; GIUNTOLI G (2011) Evaluation Framework - Preparation for Parenthood Community Health Champions. Leeds: Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • SOUTH J; GIUNTOLI G; KINSELLA K (2011) Altogether Better Preparation in Pregnancy Project - Findings from Rapid Evidence Review. Leeds: Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • SOUTH J; MEAH A; BAGNALL A; KINSELLA K; BRANNEY P; WHITE J; GAMSU M (2010) People in Public Health - a study of approaches to develop and support people in public health roles. Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme, Leeds Metropolitan University.http://www.netscc.ac.uk/hsdr/projdetails.php?ref=08-1716-206
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  • SOUTH J; Meah A; Bagnall A-M; Kinsella K; Branney P (2010) People in Public Health - Key findings on approaches to develop and support lay people in public health roles. National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme.http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/health/piph/documents/PIPH%20Executive%20Summary.pdf
  • SOUTH J; RAINE G; WHITE J (2010) Community Health Champions: Evidence Review. Leeds: Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • SOUTH J; WHITE A (2010) People in Public Health. Promoting the value of walking for health. Manchester:
  • ROBINSON M; RAINE G; SOUTH J (2010) Mental Health and Employment: Evidence Review. Leeds Metropolitan University:
  • Lowcock D; Kime NH; South J (2009) An evaluation of the Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) pilot project. Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT.
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  • South J; Meah A; Branney P (2009) People in public health. Expert hearings: a summary report. Leeds: Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • SOUTH J (2009) A Vision for Haamla. Summary report of feedback. Leeds: Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • South J; Kime NH (2008) Evaluation plan and recommendations - 'Can't Wait to be Healthy': A briefing paper on evaluation for Leeds Childhood Obesity Prevention and Weight Management Strategy.. Centre for Health Promotion Research Faculty of Health, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • Kime NH; South J; Lowcock D (2008) An Evaluation of the Bradford District Health Trainers Programme - Phase 2. Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • South J; Akhionbare K; Farrar M; Gomez L; Newell C; Tilford S (2007) Hamara Healthy Living Centre - an evaluation. Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • Darlow A; Bickerstaffe T; Burden T; Green J; Jassi S; Johnson S; Kelsey S; Purcell M; South J; Walton F (2005) Researching Bradford: A review of social research on Bradford District. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/researching-bradford-review-social-research-bradford-district
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