Dr Joyce Halliday

Dr Joyce Halliday

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Social Policy and Sociology

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)


Joyce Halliday is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Social Policy & Sociology. She is currently seconded to a Department of Health funded project exploring the diversity of healthcare providers now offering services to NHS patients.


Joyce read geography at Oxford University (gaining a first-class degree) and was awarded a PhD in Coastal Zone Management from the University of Wales in 1986. She spent 15 years as Devon Research Fellow at the University of Exeter before moving to the University of Plymouth in 2000 to manage the team evaluating the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health Action Zone. The award of a two-year ESRC Research Fellowship in 2003 allowed her to consolidate her publication record after many years as a contract researcher and in October 2005 she was awarded a five-year RCUK Academic Fellowship in Rural Health. The majority of her time is currently allocated to a Department of Health funded project exploring the diversity of providers offering services to NHS patients where she is Project Manager and main fieldworker.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Teaching interests

Rural sociology, the sociology of health and illness, evaluation, social policy.

Research interests

Rurality: rural service provision and delivery, resource allocation, the understanding and representation of rural deprivation. Health: the delivery of health-related interventions in the UK, partnership working, community involvement, health inequalities. Social policy: early years and older people. Evaluation.

Grants & contracts

J. Halliday, J. Parsons and T. Wilkinson, Evaluation of the Dartington LandWorks Project, Dartington Hall Trust (2015-2018), £14,995.

J. Halliday, J. Parsons, C. Pettinger, G. D'Aprano, Edible Futures: The role of food-based projects in developing community resilience and social sustainability. Plymouth University, ISSR Small Collaborative Award 2015, £5,003.

R. Sheaff, M. Exworthy, J. Halliday et al. Diverse Healthcare Providers: Behaviour in response to commissioners, patients and innovations. Department of Health Policy Research Programme (2015-17) £482,758.

J.Halliday & T. Wilkinson, Accreditation of Family Nurse Partnership Programme for clients & partners, Plymouth Teaching PCT – Family Nurse Partnership Programme (2010) £20,295

S. Asthana & J. Halliday Evaluation of the Peninsula Cancer Network project for raising skin cancer awareness and prevention, South West Peninsula Cancer Network (2009-10) £30,000.

S. Asthana, A Gibson, J. Halliday, P. Hewson (2008) Resource allocation in statutory service provision: an assessment of the police and fire formulae, Rural Services Partnership: £20,224

J. Halliday The role of health in children’s centres: evaluating outcomes for the early years, Plymouth City Council (2007-2008): £12,000.

J. Halliday Supporting Families: An evaluation of the Malezi project, Plymouth City Council (2007-2008): £5,000.

J. Halliday Devon Senior Council – Developing the Work Programme (in association with Peter Fletcher Associates) (2006-2008): £10,284.

J. Halliday, Partnership Working in Practice: Learning from Health Action Zones ESRC Research Fellowship RES-000-27-0042 (2003-2005): £94,429.

S. Asthana, A. Gibson, J. Halliday, J. Dixon & G. Moon, Evaluation of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HAZ Initiative (2000-2003): £438,751.

S. Asthana, J. Halliday, J. Dixon & J. Chandler, Partnership Effectiveness in Plymouth HAZ (2000-2002): £65,000.

S. Asthana, P. Brigham, J. Halliday, A. Gibson, I Mackenzie, G. Floyd, J. Dicker, A Review of the Effectiveness of Different Methods of Measuring Rural Deprivation, South West Public Health Observatory (2001): £24,934

S. Asthana, A. Gibson, G. Moon, P. Brigham and J. Halliday. Health Resource Allocation: What Case can be made for Rurality? Rural Health Allocations Forum, 2001-2002: £59,214.

Key publications are highlighted

Sheaff R, Halliday J, Exworthy M, Allen P, Mannion R, Asthana S, Gibson A, Clark J & Sheaff WR 2016 'A qualitative study of diverse providers' behaviour in response to commissioners, patients and innovators in England: research protocol' BMJ Open , DOI PEARL
Sheaff WR, Halliday J, Øvretveit J, Byng R, Exworthy M, Peckham S & Asthana S 2015 'Integration and Continuity of Primary Care: Polyclinics and Alternatives, a Patient-Centred Analysis of How Organisation Constrains Care Coordination' Health Services and Delivery Research 3, (35) 1-150 , DOI PEARL
Halliday J, Asthana S, Hewson P & Gibson A 2013 'Playing with fire: Limitations of the Big Society for an emergency service' Public Policy and Administration 28, (3) 290-305 Publisher Site
Hewson P, Halliday JE, Gibson A & Asthana S 2013 'Policy Analytics need more than a spreadsheet: A case study in funding formulae' Annals of Operations Research
Asthana S, Gibson A & Halliday J 2012 'The medicalisation of health inequalities and the English NHS: the role of resource allocation' Health Economics, Policy and Law 8, (02) 167-183 , DOI
Asthana S, Halliday J & Gibson AJS 2009 'Social exclusion and social justice: a rural perspective on resource allocation' Policy and Politics 37, (2) 201-214 , DOI
Halliday J & Wilkinson T 2009 'Young, vulnerable and pregnant: family support in practice' Community Practitioner 82, (10) 28-31
Halliday J & Asthana S 2004 'The emergent role of the link worker: a study in collaboration' Journal of Interprofessional Care 18, (1) 17-28 , DOI
Hewson PJ & Halliday J 2011 'Discussion on the meeting on ‘Resource allocation models’' Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) 174, (3) 558-561 , DOI
Halliday J & Wilkinson T 2010 Evaluation of accreditation of the Family Nurse Partnership Programme for Clients and Partners. Plymouth & Derby FNPPs and the Department of Health Plymouth University of Plymouth
Asthana S & Halliday J 2010 Peninsula Cancer Network: Embedding the strategic commissioning of skin cancer awareness and prevention. Peninsula Cancer Network & the National Cancer Action Team Plymouth University of Plymouth
Hewson P, Halliday J, Gibson AJS & Asthana S 2009 Resource Allocation in Statutory Service provision: an assessment of the police and fire formulae. Rural Services Partnership