Mark Dooris

Professor in Health and Sustainability and Director of Healthy & 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 & 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, 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


Dooris, M., Wills, J. and Newton, J. (2014) Theorising Healthy Settings: a critical discussion with reference to Healthy Universities. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 42 (Suppl 15): 7–16.

Dooris, M., McCart, D., Hurley, M. & Baybutt, M. (2013) Probation as a Setting for Building Wellbeing through Integrated Service Provision – Evaluating an Offender Health Trainer Service. Perspectives in Public Health 133(4): 199-206.

Dooris, M (2013) Bridging the Silos: Towards Healthy and Sustainable Settings for the 21st Century. Health & Place 20: 39-50.

Poland, B., Dooris, M. & Haluza-Delay, R. (2011) Securing ‘supportive environments’ for health in the face of ecosystem collapse: meeting the triple threat with a sociology of creative transformation. Health Promotion International 26 (Supplement 2): ii202-ii215.

More publications



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]


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]


Honorary Positions and Membership

Visiting Professor in Wellbeing, London South Bank University

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health

Member of International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

Member of Faculty of Public Health

Editorial Board Membership, Reviewing and Refereeing

Critical Public Health: Editorial Board Member (2006-)

Conference Scientific and Organising Committees

Annual International Health Promoting Hospital Conference: Scientific Committee Member (2007-2011)

International Settings for Health and Learning Symposium: Organising Committee Member (2006-07)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Module Leader, PG4114 – Healthy Settings: Theory, Policy and Practice

Contributor to other public health modules

External Activities

International Positions 

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

UK Healthy Universities Network: Co-Chair (2006-) 
Sustainable Food Cities Expert Advisory Group: Member (2014-)
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

Food Active: North West Healthy Weight Collaborative Leadership Group: Member (2013-)
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
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)


Please download a full list of Mark Dooris' conferences. (.pdf 204KB)