Dr. Margaret Coffey

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

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Current positions

Reader in Public Health


Margaret came to Salford in 2010 as a Senior Lecturer after a period at Liverpool Hope University and was promoted to Reader in June 2013. 

Margaret’s PhD focused on stress in the workplace; an action research case study of social services.  Margaret’s research interests focus on health, particularly at work, with a focus on the organisational, rather than the individual, factors that determine health and wellbeing in the workplace.  Margaret has been involved with a number of workplace health research projects, including: HEIC – Improving Workplace Health in the Public and Private Sector of Greater Manchester: Working Well; and Improving Mental Health & Wellbeing in Mental Health Trusts; Best Practice in Promoting Employee Health and Wellbeing in the City of London – see https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/economic-research-and-information/research-publications/Pages/Best-practice-in-promoting-employee-health-and-well-being-in-the-City-of-London.aspx.  Recent Phd studies that Margaret has supervised in this field include: ‘the impact of working in a social enterprise on health and wellbeing’ (Dr. James Chandler) and the ‘ageing, health and retirement choices in a diverse workforce: a case study of a large private sector retail organisation’ (Dr. Clare Edge).

Margaret is the Editor-in Chief of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management - http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/editorial_team.htm?id=ijwhm which publishes double blind peer-reviewed research and practitioner articles and case studies that identify risks and challenges, best practice and real life implications for the individual, the employer and public health.

Margaret is also interested in evaluating behaviour change interventions in respect of lifestyle, and the social determinants of health and health inequalities.  She has carried out a number of large evaluation projects, including ‘Vascular health checks in Salford: an exploration using FARSITE data’ (2014) an evaluation of the Blackburn with Darwen NHS Health Check Programme’ (2010), and an evaluation of the Salford Community Food Workers Project (2009).  Currently Margaret is supervising, with Prof. Penny Cook and Dr. Anna Robins, the evaluation of the ‘Live Active, exercise referral scheme’ in Tameside, which is being carried out as part of a PhD.

Other projects that Margaret is working on include: an NIHR-funded ‘community alcohol health champions’ project led by Professor Penny Cook (Communities in Charge of Alcohol, CICA), which is looking at how the communities can support each other with alcohol advice and whether communities can influence local alcohol licensing decisions; an evaluation of the Supported Services provision in Tameside, with Dr. Anna Cooper-Ryan, and an evaluation of the ‘Swap to Stop – e-cigs pilot’ in Salford with Professor Penny Cook and Dr, Anna Cooper-Ryan.

Margaret has 9 PhD completions, and is currently supervising a further 5 students in the UK and co-supervising a Finnish PhD student.

Areas of research

Workplace health, Health inequalities, Evaluation


Margaret is module leader for ‘Evidence-Based Public Health’ and contributes to the modules ‘Environment Health & Wellbeing’, ‘21st Century Global Public Health Challenges’ and ‘Research Methods Applied to Public Health’.

Research Interests

Margaret’s research interest include workplace health, the social determinants of health, health inequalities and evaluation health promotion interventions.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD – Liverpool John Moores University
  • BA (Hons) Health – Liverpool John Moores University


  • Member of the UK Public Health Association
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education