Michelle Baybutt

Dr. Michelle Baybutt

Reader in Sustainable Health and Justice

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB328

+44 (0) 1772 89 3764


Michelle is a qualitative researcher with extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of prisoner health, prisons as settings for health and public health in prison and wider criminal justice fields.

Michelle’s doctoral research focused on female prisoners’ experiences of the Grow Your Way to Personal Success horticultural project at H.M.P. Styal in Cheshire. This research was concerned to explore the impacts of nature on physical, mental and social health and well-being; anti-social behaviour and social inclusion; and citizenship skills. It revealed how working with nature impacts positively on the health and social well-being of women in prison, thus enabling a transformational development of pro-social identity for effective resettlement, socialisation and increased citizenship through meaningful work, education and training.

She is a member of the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit.

Full Profile

Michelle is a Reader in Sustainable Health and Justice in the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit at the University of Central Lancashire – taking the lead for prisons and other justice related settings within the Unit – and is module leader for Healthy and Sustainable Settings: Theory, Policy and Practice delivered as part of the MSc in Applied Public Health and the MSc in Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing. She is the Prison Strand Lead for the UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership – a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to real world research in the field of criminal justice.

Michelle has coordinated the Pan Regional Prisons Programme: Health, Inclusion and Citizenship since 2007 which more recently has focused on facilitating the development of ‘Greener on the Outside for Prisons’ [GOOP] – a programme of horticulture in 15 prisons in the North of England. In addition, Michelle is leading work commissioned by Blackburn with Darwen’s Public Health department, to develop a whole-borough healthy place programme.

Michelle is a member of the North West Regional Programme Board for the Rehabilitative Culture of Prisons. As North West regional strategic and programme lead on healthy prisons development, Michelle has also coordinated the North West Regional Healthy Prisons Partnership Network for over ten years. In addition, she is a member of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education’s [IUHPE] Interest Group for Healthy Settings. Further to this Michelle continues to deliver generic work for the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit, working across settings and contributing to teaching, research, training and consultancy.

Michelle has a strong public health background working with prisoners, offenders in the wider community and vulnerable groups, and has worked on issues relating to young people, prisoners and wider justice-related partnerships. Michelle has worked as a substance misuse practitioner in both prisons and with the voluntary sector in the wider community; and has also held posts as a youth and community outreach worker and as a health improvement specialist working with both young people in prison and within the adult prison estate. Michelle is committed to improving the health of the socially excluded or marginalised, and to addressing the inequalities faced by such groups.


Farrier, A., Baybutt, M and Dooris, M., (In Press) Mental Health and Wellbeing Benefits from a Prisons Horticultural Programme. International Journal of Prisoner Health. Accepted for publication: 24 July 2018

Baybutt, M., Dooris, M., Farrier, A. (2018) Growing Health in UK Prison Settings. Health Promotion International.

Baybutt, M and Chemlal, K. (2016) Health Promoting Prisons: theory to practice. Global Health Promotion

Dixey, R., Baybutt, M. et al (2015) Health promoting prisons – an impossibility for women prisoners in Africa? Agenda.

John Britton (ed) (2013). A Report of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians, Baybutt, M and MacAskill, S., Section Contributors. Smoking and Mental Health.

Eadie, D., MacAaskill, S., McKell, J and Baybutt, M (2012) A Light Touch: The role of a tobacco coordinator working across prisons and wider Criminal Justice System. Addictions Journal

Baybutt, M., Stover, H and Ritter, C (2012) Tobacco in Prisons Chapter in Prison Health Guide WHO: Geneva

Baybutt, M., Hayton, P and Dooris, M (2007) Prisons in England and Wales: An Important Public Health Opportunity? Open University Press

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2007 Certificate in Learning and Skills, University of Central Lancashire

2007 Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire

2004 MA – Health Service Management, University of Central Lancashire

2001 BA (Hons) Health Studies (Community Health), University of Central Lancashire


Greener on the Outside for Prisons, Big Lottery Supporting Change and Impact

Greener on the Outside for Prisons, Big Lottery Supporting Change and Impact - Evaluation

Evaluation of the Green Dreams Project, East Lancashire NHS Trust

Exploratory Study to Explore Attitudes, Experiences, Confidence and Satisfaction of Victims of Crime within Minority Ethnic Groups in Lancashire, Lancashire Constabulary

Reducing Reoffending Data Analysis, Lancashire Probation Trust


2007- International Union of Health Promotion and Education

2004- UK Public Health Association

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Michelle currently contributes to the under and post graduate programmes for public health. Particular input has focused on the public health importance of working with prisons as settings for health in addition to more generic key skills for public health and health promotion practice.

Healthy Settings: Theory, Policy and Practice (PG4114) – Module Contributor

Health Promotion: Developing Effective Approaches (HS3002) – Module Contributor

Issues in Sustainability (NT1028) – Module Contributor

Contemporary Issues in Health and Heath Care Systems (HS2000) – Module Contributor

Current Research Issues in Health and Heath Care Systems (HS3000) – Module Contributor

Other Core Public Health, Health Studies and Nursing Modules (u/g and p/g) – Module Contributor


2012, York – UKSCC: Beyond the Wall: Complex needs in complex systems.

2012, Tallinn, Estonia - 9th IUHPE European Health Promotion:
1. Achievable Sustainable Improvements in Prisoners Health;
2. A Joined Up Delivery of Stop Smoking Services In Prisons and Beyond
3. Health, Inclusion and Citizenship: Female Prisoners Experiences of Environmental Work in the Prison Setting

2012 WCTOH (World Conference on Tobacco or Health) Breaking In: Stop Smoking Services in Prisons and Beyond.

2011 UKNSCC (UK National Smoking Cessation Conference): Licence to Engage – Probation as a setting for the delivery of stop smoking services

2011 WHO, Padua, Italy:
1. Tackling BBVs in Prisons in England
2. Environmental Work with Offenders
3. Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control in Prisons and the wider Criminal Justice System

2010 Geneva: IUHPE (International Union for Health Promotion and Education)

2010 Energy and Greening Conference, Ministry of Justice, HIC Green Gym

2009 UKPHA Brighton. HIC: Making the Case for Prisoner Environmental Outworking

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