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Neil Small

Professor of Health Research

Faculty/Dept/School Faculty of Health Studies
Telephone +441274 236456


Neil Small BSc (Econ); MSW; PhD; FAcSS has been a Professor at Bradford since 1999. He previously held posts in the University of Sheffield and the University of York. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Neil is a social scientist who has had an ongoing interest in health policy and health inequalities. For some years his research focused on chronic and life-threatening illnesses with a particular interest in end of life care. More recent concerns have been in health inequalities in babies and young children with a special emphasis on the impact of ethnicity. This interest is reflected in his position as Academic Lead for the birth cohort study Born in Bradford.


Current Projects. The focus of ongoing work is on the Born in Bradford birth cohort study. 

Better Start Bradford – Big Lottery funding to a consortium in Bradford let by Bradford Trident. This is a ten year program to improve maternal and infant health in three inner city wards. Funding £49 million from 2015. A five year initiative nested in this is the Innovation Hub, 2015 to 2020 - £3.9 million funding to implement and evaluate evidence based interventions. I am a co-applicant and on its Executive Committee and lead one of the work programs on Community Development.  PIs K Pickett, R McEachan, CoIs J Wright, N Small, M Bryant, P Sahota, C Bowyer-Crane, T Bywater, S Barber.  

Born in Bradford New Wave. A four year project to revisit all families recruited to the Born in Bradford study, Sept 2017 to August  2021. Deborah Lawlor and Kate Pickett (joint PIs) Co-Investigators: John Wright, Neil Small, Mark Mon-Williams, Jane West, Mohammed Mohammed. Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council. (Populations and Systems Medicine / General Population Science Boards) Ref no MR/N024397/1.  £2.9 million. 

Act Early: a City Collaboratory approach to early promotion of  good health and wellbeing. UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) (made up of Research Councils, NIHR, leading charities). £6.6 million – 5 year programme beginning September 2019. PI – John Wright from Bradford Institute for Health Research and a team from Universities of  Leeds, York, Bradford and University College London. I am a co-applicant. 


TitleA bit of heaven for the few (2005)
AuthorsDavid Clark, Neil Small, Michael Wright, Michelle Winslow, Nic Hughes
PublisherObservatory Press
TitleAIDS: The Challenge (1993)
AuthorsNeil Small
TitlePolitics and Planning in the National Health Service (1989)
AuthorsNeil Small
PublisherOpen University Press
Edited Book
TitleGrief, Mourning and Death Ritual (2001)
AuthorsJenny Hockey, Jeanne Katz, Neil Small
PublisherOpen University Press
TitleLiving Together (1997)
AuthorsDavid Kennard, Neil Small
PublisherQuartet Books
TitleDeath, Gender and Ethnicity (1997)
AuthorsDavid Field, Jenny Hockey, Neil Small