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Dr Liz Norton

  • Principal Academic
  • Executive Business Centre EB611, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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I am a Principal Academic in the BU Centre for Public Health and a member of the Bournemouth University iWell Research theme. I am a PhD supervisor and a member of the MSc Public Health programme teaching team, having unit lead responsibilites for two units. My teaching/learning facilitating responsibilities mainly relate to Public Health and research. I am particularly interested in the role of The Arts and nature in health and wellbeing. In terms of research methodology my expertise is in qualitative methods, participatory research and grounded theory.

I have supervised 4 PhD students to completion and I have examined PhD students external to Bournemouth University.


Current Research Activities:

The Voices of Male Carers Project

Recent Research Activity. A Co-investigator for EC Horizon 20:20 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) project.

Recent Research Activity: Project evaluating Art activities including dance for people experiencing Parkinson's, art for people who are parents and art for those who experience memory loss.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Sustainable cities and communities

"Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable"

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Partnership for the Goals

"Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development"

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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. 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.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Context and Scope of Public Health, Public Health Management Strategies Unit, Research, Dissertation Unit
  • Programme Leader MSc Public Health 2002-2021


  • 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 (2017-2020)
  • Birmingham City University, External in reapproval of PG Dip/MPH (2015)

Internal Responsibilities


  • PG Certificate Research Degree Supervision in Doctoral Degree Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • PhD in Research (Bournemouth University, 2009)
  • MPhil in Research Methodology (University of Southampton, 1997)


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Registered Nurse (1984-),
  • Royal College of Nursing, Member (1981-),