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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 (including HIV) and sexual orientation
  2. Health inequalities
  3. Parenting (including fatherhood, breastfeeding, and young parents).

Current research projects:

  • Investigating the impact of Covid-19 on local communities within East Sussex
  • Best Practice in Corporate Occupational Health
  • 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).
  • 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


  • FuelPre (Fuel Poverty Reduction Evaluation). Evaluation of the NHS Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group Healthy Homes Programme.
  • 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 students in most areas of public health and health promotion. However, particular areas of interest for supervision include the following:

  • Sexual health (including HIV) and sexual orientation
  • Healthy public policy and health inequalities
  • Parenthood (including fathers supporting breastfeeding)
  • Young people
  • LGBT stigma and suicide
  • Tackling homophobia
  • Gender identities (masculinities and femininities)
  • Peer group cultures

Scholarly biography

Prior to working at the University of Brighton, Nigel studied at the University of Worcester, University of York, and the University of 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 in Educational Research 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 School of Health Sciences where he formerly led the Health Promotion Policy and Practice (HPPP) research group, Nigel currently leads the Public Health & Wellbeing Research & Enterprise Group (PHWREG) as well as the School's Research Mentoring Scheme. Nigel is Chair of the University's Research Mentoring Group, and serves on the management board of the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender. He is an accredited European Health Promotion Practitioner, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and media contact and is a Chartered Psychologist.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Lancaster University

Bachelor, University of Worcester

Master, University of York


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • HIV prevention
  • health promotion
  • public health

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Research Output

  • Contribution of Community Health Workers in the improvement of sexual health in men who have sex with men in Europe: results from a cross-sectional study (ECHOES).

    Lorente, N., Sherriff, N., Panochenko, O., Ulrich, M., Dutarte, M., Kuske, M., Aussò, S., Huber, J., Krone, M., Barbara Schink, S., Cawley, C., Casabona, J. & Folch, C., 31 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Community Health.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Non-clinical sexual health support for HIV, viral hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted infections in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men: Protocol for a European Community Health Worker Online Survey (ECHOES)

    Sherriff, N., Huber, J., McGlynn, N., Llewellyn, C., Pollard, A., Lorente, N., Folch, C., Cawley, C., Panochenko, O., Krone, M., Dutarte, M. & Casabona, J., 18 Feb 2020, In : JMIR Research Protocols. 9, 2, e15012.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Occupational health and wellbeing initiatives: A brief overview of the evidence

    Sawyer, A., Ola, A., Reeve, S. & Sherriff, N., 1 Sep 2020, 40 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • Parental communication about alcohol consumption

    Sawyer, A., Sherriff, N. & Coleman, L., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Handbook of the Psychology of Alcohol Consumption. Cooke, R. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Activities

    • 1 Exhibition, performance

    Design Research for Change Showcase

    Sally Sutherland (Participant), Tom Ainsworth (Participant), Nigel Sherriff (Participant) & Mathilda Tham (Participant)

    19 Sep 201922 Sep 2019

    Activity: EventsExhibition, performance