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Biography

Paul Bissell is Professor of Public Health and Dean of the School of Human and Health Sciences. Paul has a background in the social sciences, having studied economics, politics and sociology (BA Econ) as an undergraduate, followed by an MA (Econ) in Applied Social Research Methods, and subsequently a PhD, all from the University of Manchester. Most of his academic career has been spent working in an inter-disciplinary capacity in the health sciences. Prior to working at the University of Huddersfield, he was Professor of Public Health at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), one of the largest schools of public health and health services research in the UK. Whilst remaining an active researcher, Paul is equally passionate about learning and teaching, strongly committed to ensuring that students get the best possible experience and outcome from their studies. He was Programme Director for the Master of Public Health suite of course at the University of Sheffield from 2006- 2010 and subsequently, Director of Learning & Teaching from 2015-2017. He was also lead for the Erasmus Mundus EuroPubHealth Master’s programme (a cross European 2 year public health Masters) from 2006-2017 and led on two major re-applications for funding from EU EACEA. 

Paul was Director of the Public Health Section in ScHARR (University of Sheffield) from 2010-2014 and a member of the senior management group for over ten years. Previously, he worked at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, and maintains strong academic links with colleagues in pharmacy practice both nationally and internationally.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Medicines usage and medication adherence practices
  • Novel approaches to delivering pharmacy services
  • Social inequalities and health inequalities
  • Understanding the wider determinants of social gradient in obesity and physical activity
  • Evaluating obesity policy
  • Using advanced qualitative methods in applied health research contexts
  • Understanding the complex aetiology of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures
  • Patient and public involvement (PPI) in health care
  • Global health research and policy

Keywords

  • Sociology
  • Obesity
  • Ethics
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociological

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Research Output 1994 2018

Open Access
cancer
expert
health
health science
research process

Introducing the idea of ‘assumed shared food narratives’ in the context of social networks: reflections from a qualitative study conducted in Nottingham, England

Bissell, P., Peacock, M., Holdsworth, M., Powell, K., Wilcox, J. & Clonan, A. 19 Jun 2018 In : Sociology of Health and Illness. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Support
England
social network
food
narrative

The Micropolitics of Obesity: Materialism, Markets and Food Sovereignty

Fox, N. J., Bissell, P., Peacock, M. & Blackburn, J. 2018 In : Sociology. 52, 1, p. 111-127 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

micro-politics
materialism
sovereignty
food
market

Non-epileptic attack disorder: the importance of diagnosis and treatment

Dickson, J. M., Peacock, M., Grünewald, R. A., Howlett, S., Bissell, P. & Reuber, M. 1 Mar 2017 In : BMJ Case Reports.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Seizures
Ambulances
Diazepam
Anticonvulsants
Electroencephalography
3 Citations

The contribution of female community health volunteers (FCHVs) to maternity care in Nepal: a qualitative study

Panday, S., Bissell, P., Van Teijlingen, E. & Simkhada, P. 4 Sep 2017 In : BMC Health Services Research. 17, 11 p., 623

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Nepal
Volunteers
Health
Delivery of Health Care
Mothers

Activities 2004 2004

  • 1 Membership of council

Medical Research Council (External organisation)

Bissell, P. (Member)
20042009

Activity: Membership of council