Dr Marie Murphy PhD MSc BSc

Dr Marie Murphy

Research Fellow

Contact details

Room 248 Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Marie is Research Fellow and Project Coordinator for the FUEL Study (Food Provision, Culture and Environment in Secondary Schools). This is a mixed methods study to evaluate the implementation of national school food standards in secondary schools and their impact on the school food environment and pupil intake of free sugars. The project is funded through the NIHR Research Public Health Research Programme.


  • PhD Medical Sciences 2018
  • PGA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2016
  • MSc Public Health Nutrition 2007
  • BSc Biology 2003

Other activities

  • Newsletter editor for the Society for Social Medicine
  • Journal editor for Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal


Recent publications


Kipping, R, Pallan, M, Hannam, K, Willis, K, Dobell, A, Metcalfe, C, Jago, R, Johnson, L, Langford, R, Martin, CK, Hollingworth, W, Cochrane, M, White, J, Blair, P, Toumpakari, Z, Taylor, J, Ward, D, Moore, L, Reid, T, Pardoe, M, Wen, L, Murphy, M, Martin, A, Chambers, S & Simpson, SA 2023, 'Protocol to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an environmental nutrition and physical activity intervention in nurseries (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care - NAP SACC UK): a multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial', BMC Public Health, vol. 23, no. 1, 1475. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-023-16229-y

Pallan, M, Murphy, M, Morrison, B, Pokhilenko, I, Sitch, A, Frew, E, Rawdin, C, Adams, R, Adamson, A, Bartington, S, Dobell, A, Duff, R, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, McLeman, L, Passmore, S, Ravaghi, V, Spence, S & Adab, P 2023, 'School food policy in secondary schools in England and its impact on adolescents’ diets and dental health: the FUEL multiple-methods study', NIHR Journals Library.

Murphy, M, Mensah, D, Mylona, E & Oyebode, O 2021, 'Acceptability and feasibility of strategies to promote healthy dietary choices in UK secondary school canteens: a qualitative study', BMC Research Notes, vol. 14, no. 1, 365 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-021-05778-3

Murphy, M, Boardman, F, Robertson, W & Johnson, R 2021, 'Children's perspectives and experiences of health, diet, physical activity and weight in an urban, multi-ethnic UK population: A qualitative study', Child: Care, Health & Development, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 597-607. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12867

Murphy, M, Pallan, M, Lancashire, E, Duff, R, Adamson, A, Bartington, S, Frew, E, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Parry, J, Passmore, S, Ravaghi, V, Sitch, A, Spence, S, Rowland, MK, Wheeldon, S & Adab, P 2020, 'The Food provision, cUlture and Environment in secondary schooLs (FUEL) study: protocol of a mixed methods evaluation of national School Food Standards implementation in secondary schools and their impact on pupils’ dietary intake and dental health', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 10, e042931. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042931

Johnson, R, Murphy, M & Griffiths, F 2019, 'Conveying troublesome concepts:: Using an open-space learning activity to teach mixed-methods research in the health sciences', Methodological Innovations, vol. 12, no. 2. https://doi.org/10.1177/2059799119863279

Murphy, M, Johnson, R, Parsons, NR & Robertson, W 2019, 'Understanding local ethnic inequalities in childhood BMI through cross-sectional analysis of routinely collected local data', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, 1585 , pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7870-2

Al‐Khudairy, L, Loveman, E, Colquitt, JL, Mead, E, Johnson, R, Fraser, H, Olajide, J, Murphy, M, Velho, RM, O'Malley , C, Azevedo, LB, Ells, LJ, Metzendorf, M-I & Rees, K 2017, 'Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obesity in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol. 6. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012691

Murphy, M, Robertson, W & Oyebode, O 2017, 'Obesity in international migrant populations', Current Obesity Reports, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 314-323. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-017-0274-7

Robertson, W, Murphy, M & Johnson, R 2016, 'Evidence base for the prevention and management of child obesity', Paediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom), vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 212-218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paed.2015.12.009

Yusuf, H, Kolliakou, A, Ntouva, A, Murphy, M, Newton, T, Tsakos, G & Watt, RG 2016, 'Predictors of dentists' behaviours in delivering prevention in primary dental care in England: using the theory of planned behaviour', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1293-x


Murphy, M & Pallan, M 2023, The role of schools in supporting healthy eating in children and young people. in GS Lalli, A Turner & M Rutland (eds), Food Futures in Education and Society. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 87-101. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003294962-8

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