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Dr Liz Norton

  • Senior Lecturer
  • B212,
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I am a member of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Health Sciences and Public Health. I am also a member of the Bournemouth University Health, Wellbeing and Society Research theme. I have course co-ordination responsibilities for the MSc/ Post Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Public Health. My teaching/learning facilitating responsibilities mainly relate to Public Health, Health and Research units. Research activity is in the field of public health particularly in relation to the role of the Arts in health and wellbeing and the primary prevention of skin cancer. I have a particular interest in research with young people. In terms of research methodology my interests are in qualitative methods and specifically Glaserian grounded theory.


Current funded project: Arts and Health


Journal Articles


  • Norton, E., 2019. What goes on? More than I could see and more than words can say: Reflections on my lived experience of being a participant observer of dancing for people who experience Parkinson's. In: Humanising Care, Health and Wellbeing Conference 21-22 June 2018 Bournemouth University.
  • Norton, E., Hemingway, A. and Ellis-Hill, C., 2019. Reflections on humanising the research process. In: Humanising Care, Health and Wellbeing 13-14 June 2019 Bournemouth University.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Hemingway, A., Sudbury, S., Quinney, C., Esteves, L., Board, M., Heaslip, V., Norton, L. et al., 2018. ‘Welcome to the Machine!’ Resisting isomorphic, masculinised corporatisation of Higher Education through feminist scholarship. In: DAKAM Gender and Women's Studies Conference 10-12 November 2018 Istanbul. Yes TBA.
  • Norton, E. and Hemingway, A., 2017. Reducing health inequalities through public health practice- the role of the lifeworld. In: Humanising Care Conference 29-30 June 2017 Bournemouth University.
  • Crossen-White, H., Norton, E. and Hemingway, A., 2017. Using the Arts to consult a community about their health and wellbeing needs. In: Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference 19-21 June 2017 Bristol.
  • Norton, E., 2016. A grounded theory study explaining female adolescents' behaviour in the sun. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, 175, 54.
  • Norton, E., 2015. The Role of Occupational Science in Public health and Wellbeing Practice. In: 3rd International Occupational Science Europe Conference - Health and Wellbeing Through Occupation 3-4 September 2015 Bournemouth University.
  • Norton, E., Hemingway, A. and Aarts, C., 2015. A Lifeworld Led Model for Public Health Practice. In: Nordic College of Caring Science & the European Academy of Caring Science 19-20 March 2015 Diakonissestiftelsen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Hemingway, A., Norton, E., Hutchinson, J. and Fagerberg, I., 2014. What kinds of knowledge are relevant for caring practices? In: Sigma Theta Tau International 16-18 June 2014 Gothenberg, Sweden.
  • Norton, E., 2012. Engaging young women with skin cancer prevention; unexpected learning from a grounded theory study. In: Graffigna, G., Morse, J. and Claudio Bosio, A., eds. 2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research. Engaging People in Health Promotion and Well-being 28-30 June 2012 Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy. Proceedings of the 2nd Global Conference for Qualitative Health Research, 129 Milan: Vita e Pensiero.
  • Norton, E.A., 2010. Cultural issues and adolescent female behaviour in the sun; findings from a grounded theory study. In: The 8th biennial International Qualitative Research Conference 6-8 September 2010 Bournemouth University, England.
  • Norton, E.A., 2010. Insights into female adolescents’ behaviour in the sun gleaned from exploration of the sun-related experiences of young women in a qualitative, grounded theory study. In: 18th UK Public Health Association Annual Forum: Confronting the Public Health Crisis 24-25 March 2010 Bournemouth International Centre, UK.
  • Norton, E.A., 2009. A grounded theory of female adolescent behaviour in the sun: comfort matters. In: 15th Qualitative Health Research (QHR) Conference 4-6 October 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Norton, E.A., 2009. The use of reflexivity in a grounded theory study. In: 10th Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference 8-10 October 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Norton, E.A., 2006. Accessing the meanings and experiences of adolescents in research. In: 6th European Qualitative Research Conference in Health and Social Care 4-6 September 2006 Bournemouth University, England.
  • Payne, R. and Norton, E.A., 2002. The Achieve Project. In: International Public Health Nursing Conference: Diversities and Commonalilties: Second International Conference of the Post FIPSE-EU Consortium, 28-31 August 2002 Queens University, Belfast.



  • Norton, E., 2014. European Academy of Caring Science Symposium Public Health Theme- A perspective on the scope of caring science: How the answering the question “what should we be caring about?” contributes to understanding of caring science.. Not applicable. Unpublished.

PhD Students

  • Donna Wixted, 2018. 6. Just one drink! Exploration of conflict between harm reduction & abstinence in maternity care
  • Philippa Hillen
  • Nikki Glendenning
  • Corinne Ward
  • Alex Effah

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Context and Scope of Public Health, Public Health Management Strategies Unit, Advanced Nursing Practice, Developing a Study proposal, Epidemiology and Infection Unit, Dissertation Unit
  • Programme Leader MSc Public Health

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Public Health Unit level 6


  • INNOVATEDIGNITY (European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, 01 Feb 2019). Awarded
  • An exploration of the sun-related behaviour of young women (British Skin Foundation (BSF)/ British Dermatological Nursing Group, 01 Oct 2004). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Birmingham City University, External Examiner (2017-)
  • Birmingham City University, External in reapproval of PG Dip/MPH (2015-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Coordinator and chair of monthly Doctoral student contributions, Faculty Research Seminar Series
  • Convenor of monthly doctoral student support sessions, Doctoral Support Gatherings
  • Joint Lead for Post Graduate Taught Liaison with Doctoral College, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
  • Sustainability Champion, Faculty Sustainability Champion, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
  • Course Leader MSc Public Health, Bournemouth University.

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Journal of Gender Studies, Anonymous peer review, 07 Oct 2016
  • SAGE books, 03 Oct 2016
  • British Journal of Dermatology, 01 Nov 2015

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Co-host/presenter of a public debate about the use of alcohol during pregnancy
  • Session: Faith-based health promotion: opportunities and barriers
  • Lead presenter of research dissemination session: Engaging young women with sunsafety; the learning from a research study


  • PG Certificate Research Degree Supervision in Doctoral Degree Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • PhD in Research (Bournemouth University, 2009)


  • Faculty of Public Health, Associate Member (2012-),
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Registered Nurse (1984-),
  • Royal College of Nursing, Member (1981-),