Dr Manbinder Sidhu

Dr Manbinder Sidhu

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow in Institute of Applied Health Research

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Manbinder Sidhu, PhD, is a research fellow working in applied health services research with a background in sociology. Dr Sidhu has a specific interest in understanding the health needs of minority-ethnic groups living in developed and underdeveloped countries as well as people living with chronic diseases.

Manbinder specialises in:

-       Interpreting health beliefs and practices

-       Self-management

-       Weight management in men and minority-ethnic groups

-       Mixed methods and methodologies


  • BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Birmingham, 2009
  • PhD, Public Health,  University of Birmingham, 2012


Manbinder was born and raised in the West Midlands, and has a continuing relationship with the University of Birmingham. Having finished his bachelor’s degree, Manbinder went on to complete his PhD, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), contributing to the field of health services research. On completion, Manbinder moved to the Institute of Applied Health Research to further his interests. 

Currently, his main research projects are:

  • Patient self-management in primary care patients with COPD- a randomised controlled trial
  • Healthy Dads Healthy Kids UK: a cultural adaptation and feasibility randomised controlled trial of a weight management programme for fathers of younger children


Manbinder is co-lead for the Sociology and Social Policy module, Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme, withDr Antje Lindenmeyer. He continues to deliver lectures on the following MPH modules:

  • Health Promotion
  • Qualitative Research Methods 

Manbinder also contributes to small group teaching sessions (SGTs), Medicine and Surgery MBChB, University of Birmingham.  

Postgraduate supervision

Manbinder continues to supervise postgraduate students and is interested in supervising doctoral researchers who plan to use qualitative methods/methodology in whole or parts of their research projects. He is particularly interested in the following areas: 

  • Cultural adaptation of behavioural change and lifestyle programmes for whole populations or minority-ethnic groups
  • Weight management in men 
  • The role of social networks and systems of support in migrant populations   


  • Member of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)
  • Member of the British Sociological Association

Other activities

Manbinder is a reviewer for the International Journal of Qualitative Research and continues to review grants for government, state funded, and private commercial health-related organisations. 


Sidhu MS, Daley A, Jolly K. (in press) Evaluation of a text supported weight maintenance programme 'Lighten Up Plus' following a weight reduction programme: randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Sidhu, MS, Kokab, F, Jolly, K, Gale, N, Marshall, T and Gill, P (in press) Methodological challenges of cross-language qualitative research with South Asian communities living in the UK. Family Medicine and Community Health.

Sidhu, MS, Griffith, L, Jolly, K, Marshall, T, Gill, P, Gale, NK (2016) Chronic disease, self-management and systems of support: An exploration of health beliefs and practices within the Sikh community, Birmingham, UK. Ethnicity and Health, 13: 1-17.

Sidhu MS, Aiyegbusi OL, Daley A, Jolly K (2016) Older Men’s Experience of Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance Interventions: Qualitative Findings from the Lighten Up Plus Trial. J Obes Weight Loss, 1: 003.

Sidhu MS, Daley A, Jordan R et al. (2015) Patient self-management in primary care patients with mild COPD - protocol of a randomised controlled trial of telephone health coaching. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2015; 15:16. 

Sidhu MS, Gale, NK, Gill P et al. (2015) A critique of the design, implementation, and delivery of a culturally-tailored self-management education intervention: a qualitative evaluation. BMC Health Services Research, 15; 54.

Sidhu MS, Gale, NK, Gill P et al. (2014) A systematic review of lay-led group-based self-management interventions for minority ethnic populations diagnosed with long term conditions in high income countries. Diversity and Equality in Health Care, 11 (3-4), 225-236.