We are honoured that Mark Dooris is joining us as a speaker at our 60th Anniversary event at the House of Commons where he will be speaking about a settings based approach to health promotion – achieving sustainable impact.

Mark is Emeritus Professor in Health & Sustainability at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where he was until recently Co-Director of both the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit and the Institute of Citizenship, Society & Change. He has an MA in Human Sciences from Oxford University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Education from Southbank Polytechnic and a PhD in Healthy Settings from Deakin University (Australia), and has also completed the National Public Health Leadership Programme.

When discussing Mark’s attendance as a speaker at this event, Tim Theaker, IHPE Trustee said “It’s excellent to see that Mark Dooris is continuing to promote “The Settings Approach to Health Promotion” as part of a wider health promotion strategy. This approach has a longstanding record of success and we look forward to giving it a greater emphasis through IHPE”.

Mark has published and presented widely and undertaken advisory/consultancy work for the World Health Organization and Public Health England relating to Health in All Policies, Healthy Cities and Healthy Settings. Mark is Co-Chair of the International Health Promoting Universities Steering Group and until recently was Chair/Convenor of the UK Healthy Universities Network and an expert witness to the Climate Commission for UK Further & Higher Education. From 2011-2014, he was responsible for co-ordination of the UK Healthy Cities Network and operational delivery of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons.

His non-executive experience includes chairing the International Union for Health Promotion & Education (IUHPE)’s Global Working Group on Healthy Settings and the UK Health for All Network; and being an advisory group member for Universities UK’s Mental Health in Higher Education Programme, the National Food Research Collaboration, the Sustainable Food Cities Network and DIY Learning Disability Theatre.

Mark is a keen cyclist, hill walker, runner and photographer – and with a background in health promotion, public health, community development, strategic planning and sustainable development, he has over 38 years’ experience of working within and across the higher education, health, local government and voluntary sectors.


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