Dr Kerryn Husk

Dr Kerryn Husk

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow

Clinical Trials & Health Research - Institute of Translational & Stratified Medicine (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)


BSc Sociology/Politics - 2006
MSc Social Research - 2007
PhD Social Research - 2012

Professional membership


University of Exeter Medical School - Honorary Senior Research Fellow 

Public Health England - Honorary Senior Public Health Research Fellow


Associate Editorial Board, BMC Public Health, 2017-Present

Associate Editorial Board, Sociology, 2015 - 2021

Editorial Board, Sociological Research Online, 2017 - 2020

Roles on external bodies

NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR), Researcher-led panel member 2018-2021

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) - Affiliate Member

Research interests

I work for theNIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC). My interests are based around evidence synthesis, complex publichealth interventions and health services research. Currently I am interested inissues around non-NHS delivered interventions, including social prescribing andmy previous research includes a systematic review examining the evidence forthe health impacts of environmental enhancement activities, estimating the LGBpopulation of England, assessments of the health implications of various environmentalindicators through secondary data linkage and analyses of small ethnic groupsin the Census. Methodologically, I am interested in systematic review methodsand the epistemology and application of qualitative and quantitative methods inthe social sciences.

Key publications are highlighted

Husk K, Berry V, Tozer R, Skipwith G, Radmore R, Ball S, Ukoumunne OC & Logan S 2018 'Interventions for reducing unplanned paediatric admissions: an observational study in one hospital' BMJ Paediatrics Open 2, (1) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Thompson TP, Taylor AH, Wanner A, Husk K, Wei Y, Creanor S, Kandiyali R, Neale J, Sinclair J & Nasser M 2018 'Physical activity and the prevention, reduction, and treatment of alcohol and/or substance use across the lifespan (The PHASE review): protocol for a systematic review' Systematic Reviews 7, (1) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Cooper C, Lovell R, Husk K, Booth A & Garside R 2017 'Supplementary search methods were more effective and offered better value than bibliographic database searching: a case study from public health and environmental enhancement' Research Synthesis Methods 2018, (9) 195-223 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Husk K, Lovell R & Garside R 2017 'Prescribing gardening and conservation activities for health and wellbeing in older people' Maturitas 110, A1-A2 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Lovell R, Husk K, Blockley K, Bethel A, Bloomfield D, Warber S, Pearson M, Lang I, Byng R & Garside R 2017 'A realist review and collaborative development of what works in the social prescribing process' The Lancet 390, (S62) Author Site , DOI
van Kampen SC, Lee W, Fornasiero M & Husk K 2017 'The proportion of the population of England that self-identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual: producing modelled estimates based on national social surveys' BMC Research Notes 10, (1) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Husk KM 2017 'Social prescribing offers huge potential but requires a nuanced evidence base' BMJ Opinion Publisher Site
van Kampen S, Fornasiero M, Lee W & Husk K 2017 'Producing modelled estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) population of England: : PHE gateway number: 2016534' Public Health England. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/producing-estimates-of-the-size-of-the-lgb-population-of-england (Accessed: 1/2/2017).
Tabner A, Johnson G, Jones M, Patel R, Husk K, Parish R, Rees J, Henstridge V, Clark I & Thomas V 2016 'Paediatricians: are they just little adults?' Emergency Medicine Journal 33, (12) 918-918 Author Site , DOI
Husk K 2016 'Green Exercise. Linking Nature, Health and Well-being, Jo Barton, Rachel Bragg, Carly Wood, Jules Pretty (Eds.). Routledge, London, UK (2016)' Mental Health and Physical Activity 11, 74-74 Author Site , DOI
Wood SL, Demougin PR, Higgins S, Husk K, Wheeler BW & White M 2016 'Exploring the relationship between childhood obesity and proximity to the coast: A rural/urban perspective' Health & Place 40, 129-136 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Husk K, Blockley K, Lovell R, Bethel A, Bloomfield D, Warber S, Pearson M, Lang I, Byng R & Garside R 2016 'What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? A protocol for a realist review' Systematic Reviews 5, (1) 1-7 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Husk K, Lovell R, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W & Garside R 2016 'Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults: a review of quantitative and qualitative evidence' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (5) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Alcock I, White MP, Lovell R, Higgins SL, Osborne NJ, Husk K & Wheeler BW 2015 'What accounts for ‘England's green and pleasant land’? A panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England' Landscape and Urban Planning 142, (0) 38-46 Author Site , DOI
Wheeler B, Lovell R, Higgins S, White M, Alcock I, Osborne N, Husk KM, Sabel C & Depledge M 2015 'Beyond Greenspace: An ecological study of population general health and indicators of natural environment type and quality' International Journal of Health Geographics 17, (14) , DOI
Sharpe NJ, Bearman, N, Thornton, C, Husk, K, Osborne & N 2015 'Indoor fungal diversity and asthma: a metaanalysis and systematic review of risk factors' Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 135, (1) 110-122
Lovell R, Husk KM, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W & Garside R 2015 'Understanding how environmental enhancement and conservation activities may benefit health and wellbeing: a systematic review' BMC Public Health 15, (864) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Barton A & Husk K 2014 '“I don’t really like the pub […]”: reflections on young people and pre-loading alcohol' Drugs and Alcohol Today 14, (2) 58-66 , DOI
Husk K, Godfrey C, Abraham J, Robertson A & Fleming L 2014 'Barriers to and enablers of a workplace support website among SMEs' International Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Research 2, 64-75
Lovell R, Husk K, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W & Garside R 2014 'Environmental conservation activities for health: building on systematic review methods to consider a disparate, dispersed, and limited evidence base' The Lancet 384, S46-S46
Husk K 2014 'Review of Whiteness Fractured' Sociological Research Online: an electronic journal 19, (2)
Lovell R, Husk K, Bethel A & Garside R 2014 'What are the health and well-being impacts of community gardening for adults and children: a mixed method systematic review protocol' Environmental Evidence 3, 20-20
Husk K, Lovell R, Cooper C & Garside R 2013 'Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, (2) , DOI
Williams M & Husk K 2013 'Can we, should we, measure ethnicity?' International Journal of Social Research Methodology 16, 285-300
Husk K, Lovell R, Cooper C & Garside R 2013 'Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults (Protocol)' The Cochrane Library Art. No.: CD010351., (2) , DOI
Barton A, Coomber R, Tidy R & Husk K 2013 'Students and Alcohol: An Exploration of the Student Experience and the University as a Risk Environment' Plymouth University Student Experience Group and Plymouth City Violence Delivery Group
Husk K 2012 'Book Review: Malcolm Williams and W Paul Vogt The Sage Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods' Sociology 46, 1230-1231
Barton AJ & Husk K 2012 'Controlling pre-loaders: alcohol related violence in an English night time economy' Drugs and Alcohol Today 12, (2) 89-97 , DOI
Husk K & Green A 2012 'Cornish ethnicity and undercounting: utilising the 2001 England and Wales Census to develop an accurate measurement methodology' Methodological Innovations 7, 1-12
Husk K 2012 'Elucidating a Cornish Ethnie: The Argument for Mixed Method' Sociological Research Online 17, 9-9
Husk K & Williams M 2012 'The Legitimation of Ethnicity: The Case of the Cornish' Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 12, 249-267
Husk K 2011 'Ethnicity and social exclusion: research and policy implications in a Cornish case study' Social and Public Policy Review 5, 7-25
Husk K 2010 'Estimating the Cornish from the 2001 England and Wales census: adjustment and re-analyses' Local population studies 78-83
Husk K 2010 'Review of Ethnicity (Key Concepts)' Sociological Research Online: an electronic journal 15, (3)
Husk K 2009 'Accessing education in Cornwall: exploring the structure/agency debate amongst potential students' Cornish Studies Seventeen
Other Publications
Husk KM 0 Ethnic group affiliation and social exclusion in Cornwall; analysis, adjustment and extension of the 2001 England and Wales Census data. 0 0