Professor Lynne Kennedy

Professor of Public Health and Nutrition, Head of Department.

Lynne joined the University of Chester in September 2013, as Head of Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition and Professor of Public Health and Nutrition.


  • Fellowship Higher Education Academy (FHEA)-  Higher Education Academy, 2008
  • Faculty Public Health Medicine (Hon MFPHM) - Royal College of Physicians 2001
  • Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) (RNutr (Public Health)) - The Nutrition Society 2000


She previously worked at Glyndwr University (2009-2013) where she was promoted from Senior Lecturer in Public Health to Reader (2011) and Head of Department for Health & Medical Sciences (2011), with responsibility for the University’s partnership in the Cardiff University North Wales (Medical) Clinical School and subsequently (2012) Director of the University Research Centre for Health, Wellbeing & Society. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Research Fellow by Public Health Wales (2013-15) to progress research and policy developments in the area of health assets and health improvement. Also this year she was selected onto the nationally acclaimed Welsh Crucible programme for advancing leading researchers in Wales. Lynne started her career in public health as a Lecturer within the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Liverpool (1994-2008), where she contributed to the development and delivery of modules on the Masters in Public Health Programme with a special focus on health promotion and wellbeing.

Since 1994 she has been a long term member of the European Training Consortia (ETC) for Public Health and Health Promotion in Europe, resulting in considerable experience of public health and health improvement approaches in the European and international context. She has engaged in several successful international collaborative research projects in Europe including an international study into innovative health related behaviour (lifestyle) health promoting approaches including health asset approaches. She is currently engaged in establishing international research collaboration with Nordic countries, Netherlands and Spain around exploring the use of salutogenic (origins of health) – as opposed to deficit or pathogenic (origins of disease) approaches to improving health and wellbeing through increased resilience, strengthening communities and enhancing social networks.

She is particularly interested in utilising participatory action research methodologies to enhance Veterans health, wellbeing and quality of life through increased opportunities for employment, meaningful occupation, empowerment, resilience and social identity.  


As professor in Public Health and Nutrition she now has the opportunity to return once more to focus on building research in this particular area.

Research interests

  1. Diet, Nutrition and Health
  2. Nutrition Inequalities and Food Poverty
  3. Novel approaches to promoting nutrition and health
  4. Participatory Action Research Methodology
  5. Qualitative Inquiry
  6. Evaluation of interventions (behaviour change, health promotion approaches)
  7. Evaluation of Complex Interventions
  8. Salutogenic/Health Assets approaches

Prof Kennedy has considerable experience in public health nutrition and in supporting the development of research capacity and culture within academic departments and organisations. She is keen therefore to enhance the research profile of individual colleagues and also the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition moving into the future. She is keen to optimise her public health skills and links to expand the research profile within the department and to make collaborative links across faculties and with relevant external organisations and universities.

Lynne is keen to develop research around obesity, body image and public health using critical discourses. She is currently pursuing collaborative links with colleagues in Coventry University and the Netherlands on developing research Young People’s decision making with regard to public health messages on obesity, body image and health. Building on recent involvement in the evaluation of the Salford NHS ‘Making Every Contact Count’ complex Behaviour Change intervention, she is keen to develop methodologies for evaluation of complex interventions and also to evaluate further population-wide behaviour change interventions.


Indicators of Esteem

2013 Welsh Crucible (Competition): Leading Researchers in Wales

2013 NISCHR Health & Social Care Committee

2013 International Health Committee for Wales (Invited representative)

2012 Best Research Poster: National Public Health Wales Conference, Cardiff

2012 Trustee for Age Concern North East Wales

2013 Non-executive Director Co-Production Wales

2013 Non-executive Director UK Active.

2013-18 NISCHR National Institute health Social Care Research (Wales)

2011 Hong Kong Government Department of Health

2011 ESRC Grants Peer Reviewer

2009 - Netherlands, National Centre for Health & Prevention



PhD Bursary: 

2012 Richard O Neal (Bangor University) Emma Litt and Lynne Kennedy PhD Studentship: Early Diagnosis Myeloma Tenovus Wales, £55,000

2012 Kennedy LA and Carey H. PhD Bursary £55000 Purposeful Occupation and MND; RCBC Wales

2012 Kennedy LA & Lloyd M. PhD Studentship £55000 Mental Health Nursing RCBC Wales

2010 Parry O, Kennedy L ’Protection and Safeguarding of older vulnerable adults' NISCHR Studentship £56,000

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Published work


Tocque, K., & Kennedy, L. (2015) Inequalities in dental health: An ecological analysis of the interaction between the effects of water fluoridation and social deprivation on tooth decay in children living in England. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology. 7 (7), 206-216.

Beedie C, Mann S, Jimenez A, Kennedy L, Lane A, Domone S, Whyte G (2015) Death by Effectiveness: exercise as medicine caught in the efficacy trap! British J Sports Medicine (bmj) Feb 12 10.1136/bjsports- 2014-094389

Tocque K and Kennedy L (in press) Fluoridation and Inequalities in dental health in children living in the UK: an ecological analysis J. Epidemiology and Public Health (accepted April 2015)

Basu A, Kennedy L, Tocque K and Jones S (2014) Eating for 1, Healthy and Active for 2: feasibility of delivering novel compact training for midwives to build knowledge and confidence in giving nutrition advice during pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth:

Vaandrager L, Hassink J, Schreuder E, Rijinders M, Enders MJ, Kennedy LA (2014) Exploring salutogenic mechanisms of an outdoor experiential learning programme on youth care farms in the Netherlands: untapped potential? International Journal of Adolescence and Youth (Accepted Feb 2014)

M. Goodall, G.R. Barton, P. Bower, P. Byrne, J.E. Cade, S. Capewell, C.L. Cleghorn, L.A. Kennedy, A.M.Martindale1, C. Roberts, S.Woolf, M.B. Gabbay. (2013) Food for thought: pilot randomised controlled trial of Lay Health Trainers supporting dietary change to reduce cardiovascular disease in deprived communities Journal of Public Health Journal of Public Health | pp. 1–9 | doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdt112

Dunleavey A, Kennedy L Vaandrager L (2012) Lay beliefs of wellbeing in adversity: their relevance to Salutogenic perspectives of General Resistance Resources and Sense of Coherence. Health Promotion International 56, 286-293. ISSN online 1460-2245 ISSN print 0957-4824 doi:10.1093/heapro/das045

Kennedy L A (2010) Benefits arising from Lay involvement in community based public health initiatives: experiences from community nutrition. Perspectives in Public Health, Vol 130:4, 165-72; Sage, London

Pluemer K., Kennedy LA and Trojan A (2010) An Evaluation of the implementation of the Healthy Cities Network across Germany (1999-2002) Healthy Cities Health Promotion International

Kennedy L (2009) Public Health Nutrition from principles to practice, M Lawrence & Worsley T, McGraw Hill, 2007. Critical Public Health Vol 19 (2) 259-60

Kennedy LA, Milton B & Bundred P (2008) Lay Food & Health Worker (LFHW) Involvement in Community Nutrition and Dietetics in England: definitions from the field. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 21: 196–209

Kennedy LA, Milton B & (2008) Lay Food & Health Worker (LFHW) Involvement in Community Nutrition and Dietetics in England: Roles, responsibilities and relationship with professionals Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 21: 210–224

Clare Bambra, Katherine Smith and Lynne Kennedy (2008) Politics and Health (Chapter 8) In: Health Studies Jane Wills & Naidoo J (Eds.) 2nd edition Palgrave Macmillan London. pp. 257-287

Kennedy LA, (2001) Community Involvement at what cost? – local appraisal of a pan-European nutrition promotion Programme in low income neighbourhoods Health Promotion International 2001, Vol. 16,1, pp 35-45.

Kennedy LA, El Hassan S, Sephton J, Price A, Ubido J. (1999). The development of non-professionals as nutrition advisers in communities in the UK.  Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 1999, 12, 501-512.

Kennedy LA, Hunt C, Hodgson P (1998). Evaluation of a nutrition education programme for low income women based on the American EFNEP model. The American Journal of Nutrition Education. March, 1998, 89-99.

Thomas A; Kennedy LA; Colomer C. (1998). The role of Volunteers in reorienting health services. Atencion Primaria, 22 (7) October 1998. Pp.94-108. (Journal of public health & primary care – English Abstract)

Kennedy-Haynes L (1996) Food Nutrition Customs & Culture (2nd edition) P Fieldhouse. Chapman & Hall, London 1995. Social Science & Medicine,

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