Dr Stewart Piper

Director of Studies, Cambridgeshire

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

Location: Peterborough (Guild House)

Areas of Expertise: Health and wellbeing , Nursing and midwifery

Dr Stewart Piper is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University where he lectures primarily on health promotion and public health and the principles of research.



His academic and research interests are the relationship between health promotion theory and both nursing practice and empowerment. He is the author of Health Promotion for Nurses: Theory and practice (published by Routledge) and has published a number of articles in peer review journals and book chapters and presented at various national and international conferences on these themes. Health promotion in nursing also formed the focus of his PhD studies. Prior to becoming an academic Stewart was a Health Promotion Specialist and before this he was an Emergency Care Charge Nurse.

Research interests

  • Health promotion in nursing
  • Empowerment in nursing
  • Philosophy of science

Areas of research supervision

Stewart would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Health promotion in nursing
  • Empowerment and nursing/the service user experience
  • Patient and public involvement in health care


Health promotion, empowerment, public health and the principles of research.


Academic qualifications
  • Doctor of Philosphy (PhD), Anglia Ruskin University (2004)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Institute of Advanced Nursing, Royal College of Nursing & University of Manchester (1996)
  • Master of Science (MSc), South Bank University (1992)
Professional qualifications
  • HIV/AIDS Nursing (ENB 934) (1992)
  • Accident and Emergency Nursing (ENB 199)(1987)
  • Registered General Nurse (1984)

Memberships, editorial boards

2005 – present: Journal Referee Panel Member – Nurse Researcher

Selected recent publications

  • Piper, S.M., 2009. Health Promotion for Nurses: Theory and practice. Abingdon: Routledge.
Book chapter
  • Piper, S.M., 2013. Health Promotion. In: Dolan, B. Holt, L. (eds) Accident & Emergency: Theory into practice. 3rd ed. London:  Bailliére Tindall Elsevier.
Peer reviewed journal articles
  • Durham, W., Sykes, C., Piper, S. and Stokes, P., 2015. The language of doctoral research for nursing: conceptual frameworks and related terminology. Nurse Researcher. 23 (2), pp. 8-12.
  • Piper, S., 2014. How to empower patients and involve the public. Nursing Standard. 29, 4, 37-41.
  • Ballard, G. Piper, S.M. Stokes, P., 2012. The impact of additional simulated learning on the blood pressure measurement skills of first year student nurses. Nursing Standard.27 (8): 43-48.
  • Piper, S.M., 2011. Community empowerment for health visiting and other public health nursing. Community Practitioner. 84: (8): 28-31.
  • Piper, S.M., 2010. Patient empowerment: Emancipatory or technological practice? Patient Education and Counselling. 79: 173-177.

Recent presentations and conferences

2014 RCN Education Forum conference, Harrogate, Yorkshire. 26 – 27 February. Empowerment and Patient and Public Involvement: power to the people or professional power disguised? 

2016 RCN international nursing research conference, Edinburgh. 6-8 April. Conceptual frameworks in nursing doctoral research.