PHIRST South Bank

A multidisciplinary, cross school, collaborative centre that works with local authorities to deliver local, yet scalable, evaluations that will feed into the wider public health evidence base.

PHIRST South Bank (Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team) is one of six Centres within the PHIRST scheme set up by NIHR (National Institute of Health Research).

The Centre is a collaboration between the five LSBU Research Centres; the Centre for Applied Research in Improvement and Innovation, the Centre for Addictive Behaviours, the Sports and Exercise Science Research Centre, the Centre for Civil and Building Services Engineering Research and the Centre for Global Justice and Social Responsibility.

We work alongside Local Authorities and the communities they serve to co-produce evaluations of interventions seeking to improve health and tackle health inequalities. The Centre provides timely and rigorous answers to important public health questions to support decision making by Local Authorities and build  the public health evidence base.

Evaluations are designed and delivered by experts from a variety of academic disciplines. We are supported by an advisory group made up of statutory and voluntary sector organisations from across the UK. We also embed Public and Patient Involvement into the centre and in each evaluation we undertake. Our multi-disciplinary approach ensures local evaluations benefit from:

  • Robust methodology and relevant theory
  • Multi-disciplinary expertise
  • Timely delivery of practical, tangible findings
  • Engaging dissemination
  • Strong public and user involvement at all project stages

If you have any questions or you would like to find out more about our work, please get in touch.

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Good public health practice needs to be based on good evidence. We know how complex public health interventions are and we understand the challenges this creates for evaluation – especially when multiple stakeholders are involved. By acknowledging this complexity and bridging the gap with academia, public health, local government, and local communities, PHIRST South Bank delivers robust and compelling evaluations. We aim to provide, at pace evaluations and actionable recommendations based on robust theory and evidence.

Our work is underpinned by key principles which guide us to:

  • Design our work in collaboration with the Local Authorities to ensure engagement and meaningful dissemination of findings
  • Build capacity within the Local Authorities to strengthen research expertise and an evidence- based culture
  • Design evaluations that are insightful for decision makers and fill the evidence gap in a way that is useful for the wider Public Health professional community and policy makers
  • Embed Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in all our functions.

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PHIRST will utilise the breadth of experience across our university, with members from various departments.

  • Anna Chourdaki
  • Dr Megan Watkins
  • Dr Thomas Mills
  • Sarah Egbe

Professor Asa Hilton Barber

School/Division:
Job title: Dean of The School of Engineering

Professor Eiman Abdel Aleem

School/Division: / Human Sciences
Job title: Professor

Professor Ian Albery

School/Division:
Job title: Professor

Professor Deborah Andrews

School/Division: / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Professor

Professor Caitriona Beaumont

School/Division:
Job title: Professor

Dr Suzanne Bench

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Professor of Critical Care Nursing

Dr Neil Brimblecombe

School/Division: / Mental Health and Learning Disability
Job title: Professor

Professor Roy Cerqueti

School/Division: / Finance, Economics, Accounting and Analytics
Job title: Professor

Professor Edward Chaplin

School/Division: / Mental Health and Learning Disability
Job title: Professor

Dr Geoff Cox

School/Division: / Creative Technologies
Job title: Professor

Dr Zulfikar Adamu

School/Division: / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction

Mrs Musharrat Ahmed-Landeryou

School/Division: / Occupational Therapy
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Amer Ali

School/Division: / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Associate Professor

Miss Clare Allabyrne

School/Division: / Advanced Practice & Non Medical Prescribing
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Anita Atwal

School/Division: / Occupational Therapy
Job title: Associate Professor Interprofessional Learning

Dr Haydar Aygun

School/Division: / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Dag Bennett

School/Division: / Marketing, Tourism, Events and Hospitality
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Janice Brown

School/Division: / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor

Mr Gilberto Buzzi

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Associate Professor - Lead for Apprenticeships

Mr Danny Clegg

School/Division: / Physiotherapy, Sports Rehab & Chiropractic
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Barbara Czarnecka

School/Division: / Marketing, Tourism, Events and Hospitality
Job title: Associate Professor

Mr Victor Abu

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Muhammad Alam

School/Division: / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr James Alexander

School/Division: / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer In Criminology

Mr Jon Alldis

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mrs Rachel Allen-Ashcroft

School/Division:
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Ibraheim Almalkawi

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Christina Anderl

School/Division: / Finance, Economics, Accounting and Analytics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Amar Aouzelleg

School/Division: / National Bakery School
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Ms Helen Aston

School/Division: / Marketing, Tourism, Events and Hospitality
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Kazeem Awotunde

School/Division: / Architecture
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Architecture: Digital Skills

Dr Janet Aylott

School/Division: / Human Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Ya Bao

School/Division: / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Dan Barnard

School/Division: / Arts and Performance
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Paul Battersby

School/Division: / Chemical and Energy Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mrs Kerry Bean

School/Division: / Advanced Practice & Non Medical Prescribing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Ms Clare Beanlands

School/Division: / Occupational Therapy
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Michael Berthaume

School/Division: / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Haider Bilal

School/Division: / Finance, Economics, Accounting and Analytics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr James Binnie

School/Division: / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Alan Birbeck

School/Division: / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Ms Diane Blake

School/Division: / Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Dr Stephen Bleay

School/Division: / Human Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Harry Bliss

School/Division: / Radiography & Operating Department Practice
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Matthew Bond

School/Division: / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Mario Borges

School/Division: / Human Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Steve Bowkett

School/Division: / Architecture
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Adam Brown

School/Division: / Creative Technologies
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr John Buckeridge

School/Division: / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Ms Christine Caldwell

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr David Capper

School/Division: / Marketing, Tourism, Events and Hospitality
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Valentina Caputo Galarce

School/Division: / Human Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Elisa Carrus

School/Division: / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Maria Centeno

School/Division: / Chemical and Energy Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Tony Charalambous

School/Division: / Creative Technologies
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Daqing Chen

School/Division: / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mrs Cherry Cheung

School/Division: / Finance, Economics, Accounting and Analytics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Mike Child

School/Division: / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Miss Risham Chohan

School/Division: / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Austin Claffey

School/Division: / Occupational Therapy
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Ben Clarke

School/Division: / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Charlotte Clements

School/Division: / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mrs Jane Crussell

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Mr Sumesh Dadwal

School/Division: / Innovation, Leadership, Strategy and Management
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Strategy

Mr Yama Abdullahi

School/Division: / Innovation, Leadership, Strategy and Management
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Oluwatoyin Ajibade

School/Division: / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Dr Zunaib Ali

School/Division: / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Electrical Power Engineering

Dr Bugra Alkan

School/Division: / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence - Secure Systems

Miss Alison Alvarez Nee

School/Division: / Human Sciences
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Josephine Ampiah

School/Division: / Physiotherapy, Sports Rehab & Chiropractic
Job title: Lecturer Physiotherapy

Miss Zoe Andersen-Lawrence

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Chinedu Anene

School/Division: / Human Sciences
Job title: Lecturer

Mr Richard Ashiagbor

School/Division: / Social Work, Community and Public Health
Job title: Lecturer in Social Work

Ms Sultana Ashiq

School/Division: / Innovation, Leadership, Strategy and Management
Job title: Lecturer

Mrs Jayshree Astley

School/Division: / Social Sciences
Job title: Lecturer in Town Planning

Dr Georgina Bartlett

School/Division: / Psychology
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Richard Batty

School/Division: / Psychology
Job title: Lecturer

Dr David Birchall

School/Division: / Law
Job title: Lecturer in Law

Dr Meda Burghelea

School/Division: / Marketing, Tourism, Events and Hospitality
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Francisco Calafate-Faria

School/Division: / Social Sciences
Job title: Lecturer in Social Science

Ms Julieta Camino De La Llosa

School/Division: / Occupational Therapy
Job title: Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Miss Claire Carter

School/Division: / Radiography & Operating Department Practice
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Ridouan Chaouki

School/Division: / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Rail & Rail Systems Engineering

Miss Yuting Chen

School/Division: / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Lecturer In Construction Project Management

Mr Navpreet Chohan

School/Division: / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Lecturer

Miss Nicola Crouch

School/Division: / Adult Nursing
Job title: Lecturer

Professor George Agyekum-Mensah

School/Division: / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Head of Division of Construction, Property and Surveying

Dr Anna-Karin Axelsson

School/Division: / Chemical and Energy Engineering
Job title: Interim Head of Division

Dr Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi

School/Division: / Mental Health and Learning Disability
Job title: Associate Dean - Education and Student Experience

Ms Adri Bester

School/Division: / National Bakery School
Job title: Senior Food Technologist

Ms Lucy Brown

School/Division: / Film and Media
Job title: Head of Film

Dr Adrian Budd

School/Division: / Social Sciences
Job title: Head of Division

Dr Oswaldo Cadenas

School/Division: / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Head of Division - Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Professor Patrick Callaghan

School/Division:
Job title: Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Enterprise

Professor Issa Chaer

School/Division: / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise

Dr Sarah Church

School/Division:
Job title: Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise

Dr Claudia Civai

School/Division:
Job title: Visiting Fellow

Mr Alessio Corso

School/Division: / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Head of Division Mechanical & Design Engineering