Mark Dooris

Professor in Health and Sustainability and Director of Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB329

+44 (0) 1772 89 3760

Mark is Professor in Health and Sustainability and Director of the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit, which is the first and only unit of its kind in the UK, with a remit to support and facilitate the holistic and integrated development of the healthy settings approach.

Full Profile

Mark is particularly interested in collaborating across disciplines and institutions to carry out action-focused research and development exploring the connections and interfaces between health, sustainability and community wellbeing. This concerns the linkages between nature, green space and health; and a focus on resilience and transition – recognising that climate change, resource depletion and environmental degradation are not only economic and ecological threats, but also potentially the biggest public health challenges facing us in the early 21st century.

Areas of interest

Building on the unit’s experience of managing programmes in and across a range of settings – including cities, universities, prisons, sports stadia, health services and workplaces – Mark has worked with colleagues to generate new conceptual frameworks and build a theoretical base to inform policy and practice. His team is keen to strengthen action-focused and evaluative research with a particular focus on healthy and sustainable cities, communities and place-based settings; universities; and criminal justice settings. Mark also has an interest in arts, creativity and health.

  • PhD Healthy Settings, Deakin University, 2007
  • PG Diploma Health Education, 1987
  • PG Diploma Theology, 1984
  • MA Human Sciences, University of Oxford, 1983



Farrier, A., Baybutt, M. & Dooris, M. (2018) Mental Health and Wellbeing Benefits from a Prisons Horticultural Programme. International Journal of Prisoner Health. doi: 10.1108/IJPH-11-2017-0055.

Baybutt, M., Dooris, M. and Farrier, A. (2018) Growing Health in Prison Settings. Health Promotion International. doi: 10.1093/heapro/day037.

Farrier, A., Dooris, M. and Froggett, L. (2017). Five ways to wellbeing: holistic narratives of public health programme participants.  Global Health Promotion.

Dooris, M., Farrier, A., and Froggett, L. (2017) The Wellbeing: The Challenge of ‘Operationalising’ an Holistic Concept within a Reductionist Public Health Programme. Perspectives in Public Health 138(2):93-99.

More publications



Healthy Universities: Whole University Leadership for Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability [Leadership for Higher Education, £8,000]

Mobilising Communities and Building Resilience and Capacity for Better Health and Wellbeing in Lancashire [Lancashire County Council, £40,000]

Propagating Success? The Incredible Edible Model – Evaluation of Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts [Ashden Trust/NISA, £20,000 via Manchester Metropolitan University]

UCLan Social Spaces – Evaluative Research Study

Greener on the Outside for Prisons [Big Lottery via Groundwork, £160,831]

Beyond Prison [Big Lottery via Groundwork, £40,347]

Evaluation of Greener on the Outside for Prisons [Public Sector Prisons North West, £10,695]

Green Dreams Project - Evaluation [Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, £10,187]

Evaluation of Probation Health Trainer Implementation Project [NHS Bury £9,000]

Reoffending Data Analysis [Lancashire Probation Trust, £5,000]

Process Evaluation of Target: Wellbeing Regional Portfolio [Big Lottery via Liverpool John Moores University, £100,000]

Process Evaluation of Rochdale Probation Health Trainer Demonstration Project [NW Health Trainer Partnerships, £10,000]


Healthy Settings Strategic Framework & Training Programme [Blackburn & Darwen Council, £80,000]

UK Healthy Cities Network [Department of Health & Other Sources, £338,000]

Health, Inclusion & Citizenship: Pan-Regional Prisons Programme [Big Lottery via Groundwork, £545,050]

WHO Health in Prison Project [Department of Health/Public Health England, £316,514]

Developing Leadership & Governance for Healthy Universities [HEFCE, £199,949]


Please download a full list of Mark Dooris' conferences. (.pdf 50.2KB)

External Activities

International Positions 

Wellcome Trust (Our Planet, Our Health Programme): Expert Reviewer (2016)
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Promotion Research (Vienna, Austria) (2014): Expert Evaluator
Canada Research Chairs: Member of College of Reviewers (2014)
WHO Health in Prisons Collaborating Centre Bilateral Co-ordination Group: Member (2011-14)
International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE): Global Working Group on Healthy Settings: Chair (2007-2011)
International Comparative Evaluation Study ‘PRICES-Health Promoting Hospitals’: Scientific Advisory Board Member (2009-10)
Victoria University, Canada: Lansdowne Scholar (2007)
WHO European Healthy Cities Phases III and IV Evaluation: Team Member: (2003 and 2008)

National Positions

Food Research Collaboration Advisory Group (2018-)
UK Healthy Universities Network: Co-Chair and Co-ordinator (2006-) 
Sustainable Food Cities Expert Advisory Group: Member (2014-2017)
School for Public Health Research: Expert Reviewer (2013)
Welsh Assembly Task and Finish Group on Healthy Further and Higher Education (2012-14)
National Healthy Further Education Implementation and Development Group: Member (2008-2013) 
National Health Promoting Hospitals Steering Committee: Member (2009-2011)
UK Sustainable Development Panel: Member (2006-10) 
National Healthy Prisons Programme Board: Co-Chair (2006-10) 
Teaching Public Health Networks Expert Panel: Member (2007-08) 
Health for All Network (UK) Ltd. Executive Board: Member (1999-2004) 
UK Health for All Network: Co-Chair (1992-94)

Regional and Local Boards and Committees

Lancashire and South Cumbria Prevention and Population Health Board: Member (2016-)
Sustainable Food Research Collaboration North West: Joint Convenor (2015-)
Food Active: North West Healthy Weight Collaborative Leadership Group: Member (2013-15)
Preston Healthy Cities Phase VI Partnership Group: UCLan Representative (2009-2015)
Preston Strategic Partnership Health Thematic Sub-group: Member (2002-04)
Healthy Preston 21 (Local Agenda 21) Steering Group: Co-Chair (1998-2002)

Teaching and Assessment

University of Derby: Visiting Lecturer (2010-12)
Leeds University (MA Public Health): Visiting Lecturer (2010-)
Aalborg University, Denmark (Master of Health Promotion and Education): Visiting Lecturer (2007)
Birmingham University (Master of Public Health): Visiting Lecturer (2006-)
London South Bank University: Visiting Lecturer (2005)
Leeds University (MA Public Health Leadership): External Examiner (2003-06)