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Research interests

My research interests are driven strongly by a social justice agenda, along with a desire for research to be collaborative and participatory with demonstrative social impact which ultimately tackles disadvantage and inequalities in health.

I am interested in all areas of research relating to public health and health promotion theory, policy, and practice, especially with an international/global focus. Areas of specific interest and expertise relate to three key areas:

  1. Sexual health, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  2. Mental and physical health inequalities
  3. Parenting (including fatherhood, breastfeeding, and young parents).

Current research projects:

  • Health Counts 2024: A city wide health survey of Brighton & Hove
  • WHO CV-19: Health systems analysis and evaluations of the barriers to availability, utilization and readiness of sexual and reproductive health services in COVID-19 affected areas.
  • Health4LGBTI; Italy and UK health professional training for psychiatry.
  • WHO ProSPeRero: Project on Sexually Transmitted Infection Point-of-care Testin - Clinic based evaluation of SD BIOLINE HIV/Syphilis Duo (Alere) and DPP® HIV-Syphilis Assay (Chembio) for the screening of HIV and syphilis in men who have sex with men in the STI screening facilities of Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom (UK).

Previous research projects:


  • ESTICOM: European Surveys & Trainings to Improve MSM Community Health project. European Commission. Lead for WP6 (ECHOES Survey).
  • Health4LGBTI: reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people. European Commission. Lead for WP1 & WP2
  • HEPCOM:Preventing obesity among children and young people.
  • Everywhere in Japan: HIV prevention for Men who have Sex with Men
  • SIALON II: Capacity building in combining targeted prevention with meaningful HIV surveillance among men who have sex with men
  • SODEMIFA: Addressing the social determinants of health: Multilevel governance of policies aimed at families with children
  • DAIWA: A feasibility study to explore the European Everywhere framework in Japan
  • ACTION-FOR-HEALTH: Reducing health inequalities - preparation for action plans and structural funds projects
  • GRADIENT: Tackling the Gradient - applying public health policies to effectively reduce health inequalities amongst families and children
  • H-CUBE: HBV-HCV-HIV- Three different and serious threats for European young people. A network to study and face these challenges in the EU
  • EVERYWHERE Project: A European multi-sectoral network for the prevention of HIV/AIDS for men having sex with men
  • TEP: Health Promotion International – Transatlantic Exchange Partnership: EU-Canada
  • ECHIM European Community Health Indicator Monitoring Project
  • CEIHPAL Canadian-European Initiative for Health Promotion Advanced Learning: EU-Canada
  • PHETICE: Public Health Education and Training in an Enlarging Europe
  • DETERMINE: EU Consortium for action on the socio-economic determinants of Health
  • ENGENDER: Inventory of good practices in Europe for promoting gender equity in health


  • Investigating the impact of Covid-19 on local communities within East Sussex.
  • A review of alcohol use amongst gender and sexual minorities
  • Best Practice in Corporate Occupational Health
  • Diabetes UK Community Champions Project Evaluation (DUKCC).
  • Exploring a whole-system intervention to improve mental health and wellbeing in schools.
  • Evaluation of Care Navigation as part of the Right Person First initiative (CANE - Care Navigation Evaluation).
  • FuelPre (Fuel Poverty Reduction Evaluation). Evaluation of the NHS Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group Healthy Homes Programme.
  • Peas Please Veg City project. Listening First: ‘Veg on a Budget’Evaluation of the Education, Training, Volunteering & Employment (ETVE) Project for People Living with HIV (PLWHIV).
  • Older people living with HIV in residential care homes. Extension to the Education, Training, Volunteering & Employment (ETVE) project.
  • A better understanding what makes for effective conversations about alcohol between parents & their 15-17 year olds. Drinkware.
  • Healthy Hastings & Rother Programme: Developing an evaluation methodology. Hastings & Rother CCG.
  • Engaging fathers to support breastfeeding
  • Engagement with young people to inform health improvement commissioning for children, families and schools in East Sussex
  • Analysis of the Better Beginnings consultation in East Sussex
  • Engaging and supporting fathers to promote breastfeeding: A concept analysis
  • An evaluation of services for young people in East Sussex: FE nurse provision at schools and colleges, pulse innov8, and the young men’s health worker service
  • The perspectives of fathers on the development of a breastfeeding support pack
  • Understanding the service needs of routine and manual smokers working on building sites in Tower Hamlets
  • Fathers’ views on breastfeeding in Brighton and Hove
  • The Sussex LGBTU Training and Development Research Partnership
  • The West Sussex LGBTU Youth Research Project and LGBTU Launch Event
  • Review of Brighton and Hove WHO Phase IV Healthy City Programme
  • The effectiveness of an innovative digital-Story intervention aimed at reducing binge drinking among young people
  • Evaluation of fpa’s ‘Speakeasy’ course for parents
  • Supporting young fathers: examples of promising practice
  • Promoting health and emotional wellbeing: accredited training for supported housing staff working with young people
  • Communication and supervision about alcohol in families
  • Determinants of sport and physical activity amongst young women: a secondary analysis
  • Evaluation of the community sport and enhanced PESSCL pilot programme,
  • Speakeasy parenting fund evaluation: supporting professionals working with young people around sex and relationships

Approach to teaching

I contribute to modules in the postgraduate MSc programme in Health Promotion including: Principles of Health Promotion, and Strategy and Project Planning as well as teaching contributions to infant feeding (fathers supporting breastfeeding), and various researcher development workshops (e.g. research mentoring, gaining research funding, & impact). I also supervise Masters and PhD and welcome students in these areas.

I like to engage with students in a range of ways that include 1:1 discussions, small group work, and reflective group supervision, in addition to lectures and the development of curricula and teaching resources for blended learning.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising PhD candidates in a number of public health and health promotion areas. My current research (see profile) includes a global project on health services during CV-19, European research on syphilis, substance (mis)use, and LGBTI inequalities taking an international perspective. PhD candidates are welcome to contact me to develop PhD projects around these areas, but also any of the below:

  • Sexual health (including HIV and other STIs) and sexual orientation
  • Access to health and social care services for ‘vulnerable’ populations
  • Healthy public policy and health inequalities
  • Mental health
  • Parenthood (including fathers supporting breastfeeding)
  • Young people
  • LGBT lives
  • Tackling stigma and discrimination
  • Gender identities (masculinities and femininities)
  • Peer group cultures
  • Sexual assault/gender based violence/intimate partner violence

I also supervise candidates for PhD by publication and welcome applications/enquiries

Scholarly biography

Prior to working at the University of Brighton, Nigel studied at the Universities of Worcester, York, and Huddersfield before going on to work as a sixth form and further education psychology lecturer and examiner in South Yorkshire. In 2001, he embarked on a part-time PhD at Lancaster University converting to full time in 2003 and completing in 2005. Following a move to the South East, Nigel then worked as a researcher at the Trust for the Study of Adolescence (TSA) which was a charity and applied research and training organisation committed to improving the lives of young people. He moved to the International Health Development Research Centre (IHDRC) at the University of Brighton in 2007 originally attached to the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Now located in the new School of Sport and Health Sciences, Nigel is Professor of Public Health and Health Promotion, and the joint Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Exchange. He is an accredited European Health Promotion Practitioner, a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Lancaster University

Bachelor, University of Worcester

Master, University of York

External positions

PhD examiner, Maynooth University

PhD examiner, University of Verona

PhD examiner, University of West London


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • health promotion
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Point of Care tests
  • MSM
  • vulnerable populations
  • sexual health
  • LGBTQI+ inequalities
  • health inequalities
  • Health promotion
  • access to health services


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