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 Dooris is Professor in Health and Sustainability and Co-Director of the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing’s School of Community Health & Midwifery, Mark comes to the role of Co-Director with a wealth of experience and expertise including almost 25 years’ service at UCLan. He was centrally involved in the development of the Institute’s initial ‘pitch’ and has been an engaged member since its establishment. He is strongly committed to trans-disciplinarity and his team’s work has engaged with all three of the Institute’s underpinning themes (social justice and sustainability; relationships, risks and safety; community and the public realm). 

Mark has a background in health promotion, public health, community development and environmental policy – and has worked within the health service, voluntary sector, local government and higher education. He is Chair of the International Health Promoting Universities & Colleges Steering Group, Co-Chair/Co-ordinator of the UK Healthy Universities Network and a member of Universities UK’s Mental Health in Higher Education Advisory Group. He is also a member of the Food Research Collaboration’s Advisory Board and UCLan’s Climate Change Strategy Group.

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)