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Dr Conan Leavey

Dr Conan Leavey

Telephone: 0151 231 4544


Conan Leavey is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Deputy Chair of the Faculty Research Degrees Committee. The focus of his work is on developing resources for postgraduate students and teaching on BSc Environmental Health and MSc Public Health programmes. Specialist teaching areas include qualitative research methods, cross-cultural approaches to health and the sociology of the body. His current research projects involve performers in the UK adult film industry and practitioners of mixed martial arts.

Conan supervises a number of PhD students whose topics include traditional medicine in Saudi Arabia, UK Muslim’s women’s experience of maternity services, home brewing in rural Kenya, and Sexual Entertainment Venues in the UK. Many of his students use qualitative and participatory methods. He is a former Associate of the University of Zambia and has worked as a European Union Technical Advisor to the Syrian Ministry of Health.


Journal article

Dalton M, Harrison J, Malin A, Leavey C. 2018. Factors that influence nurses' assessment of patient acuity and response to acute deterioration. British Journal of Nursing, 27 :212-218 >DOI >Link

Bates G, Begley E, Tod D, Jones L, Leavey C, McVeigh J. 2017. A systematic review investigating the behaviour change strategies in interventions to prevent misuse of anabolic steroids. J Health Psychol, :1359105317737607-1359105317737607 >DOI >Link

Gardner K, Salah S, Leavey C, Porcellato LA. 2010. The Perfect Size: perceptions of and influences on body image and body size in young Somali women living in Liverpool: a qualitative study Diversity in Health and Social Care, 1 :23-34

Beynon CM, McVeigh C, McVeigh J, Leavey C, Bellis MA. 2008. The involvement of drugs and alcohol in drug-facilitated sexual assault: a systematic review of the evidence. Trauma Violence Abuse, 9 :178-188 >DOI >Link

Thomas P, Oni L, Alli M, St Hilaire J, Smith A, Leavey C, Banarsee R. 2005. Antenatal screening for haemoglobinopathies in primary care: a whole system participatory action research project. Br J Gen Pract, 55 :424-428 >Link

Leavey C. 2003. The idea of 'participation' in health research and evaluation :29-42 >DOI

Bates G, Tod D, Leavey C, McVeigh J. An evidence-based socioecological framework to understand men’s use of anabolic androgenic steroids and inform interventions in this area Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy,

Conference publication

Springett J, Leavey C. 1995. Participatory action research: The development of a paradigm, dilemmas and prospects Bruce N, Springett J, Hotchkiss J, ScottSamuel A. RESEARCH AND CHANGE IN URBAN COMMUNITY HEALTH, Conference on Health in Cities - Research and Change in Urban Community Health :57-66 >Link