Dr Simon Bishop

Associate Professor / Director of Medical

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Medicine

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Global healthcare

Research Supervision:Yes

A Public Health academic with interests in global health and qualitative research, particularly in situations where social inequalities and associated risk-taking are determinants of negative health outcomes.


Simon’s background is in global public health. He holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the School of Medicine at Manchester University and a PhD in Public Health from Lancaster University. Simon has a particular interest in the relationship between communicable disease and health inequalities, and supervises PhD students from around the world using qualitative approaches to better understand disease risk and prevention.

In addition to his research interests, Simon has a strong pedagogic background. He has developed and led a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across several UK universities and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA/AdvanceHE.

Research interests

  • Global public health
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Social epidemiology
  • Ethnography

Areas of research supervision

  • HIV prevention amongst hill tribe populations in northern Thailand
  • Attitudes and practices of Type II diabetes self-care
  • Treatment seeking behaviour of carers of febrile children in northern Nigeria
  • Sex education approaches for gender non-conforming adolescents in the UK
  • Breast self-examination practices and treatment seeking behaviours of BME women


  • PhD Public Health
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • PG Diploma in Higher Education learning and teaching

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow of the HEA/AdvanceHE

Selected recent publications

Cliffe, M., Di Battista, C. and Bishop, S. (2020). Can you see me? Participant experience of accessing a weight management programme via group videoconference to overcome barriers to engagement. Health Expectations. 24(1): 66-76.

Bishop. S. (2019). Unravelling the Irrational – Addressing the Subjective Nature of Sexual Risk-Taking through Qualitative Research. In C. Hayre & D. Muller, eds. Enhancing Healthcare and Rehabilitation.  Oxford: Taylor & Francis. Ch. 4.

Bishop, S. 2018. Chemsex and PrEP reliance are fuelling a rise in syphilis among men who have sex with men. The Conversation.

Bishop, S and Limmer, M. (2018). Negotiating the edge: The rationalisation of sexual risk-taking amongst British male sex tourists to Pattaya, Thailand. The Journal of Sex Research. 55(7): 871-879. Doi 10.1080/00224499.2017.1365329.

Bishop, S. 2017. Why PrEP takers should still use condoms with HIV+ partners. The Conversation.

Bishop, S and Limmer, M. (2017). Performance, Power and Condom Use: Reconceptualized Masculinities amongst Western Male Sex Tourists to Thailand. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 20(3): 276-288. Doi 10.1080/13691058.2017.1340671.