Dr Nigel Sherriff is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Research at the University of Brighton. He leads the Health Promotion Policy and Practice research area, is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a BPS media contact, a Chartered Psychologist as well as a Chartered Scientist.
Nigel is interested in all areas of research relating to health promotion theory, policy, and practice, especially with an international focus. Areas of specific interest and expertise relate to four key areas: 1) sexual health promotion and HIV prevention; 2 healthy public policy and health inequalities; 3) physical activity and obesity prevention, and; 4) parenting (fatherhood). His research is underpinned broadly by the settings approach to health promotion which emphasises a key shift away from reductionist and pathogenic perspectives on individual health problems, risk factors, and linear causality. Instead, such an approach focuses more on salutogenic perspectives of health to the creation of positive health assets including supportive environments and social conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.
Nigel's research interests are driven strongly by a social justice agenda, along with a desire for research to be collaborative and participatory with demonstrative social impact which ultimately tackles disadvantage.