Julia Morgan

Dr Julia Morgan PhD, MA, MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert, LTHE, BSc, DCR

Associate Professor - Public Health and Wellbeing

Key details

Dr Julia Morgan

Associate Professor - Public Health and Wellbeing

Teaching areas and professional interests

Julia's primary teaching and research interests are around social justice and inequality; children's health and well-being; maternal and women's health; international development; global health; community development; conflict, war and humanitarian disasters; participatory methods and children's rights/participation as well as online teaching. 


  • Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion. London School of Economics - PhD. ESRC Competitive Funding and also funded by Richard Titmuss Award. Focus on children's health and well-being using quantitative data-set and qualitative interviews.
  • Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion. London School of Economics - MSc Social Research Methods. ESRC funded.
  • Open University - Masters in International Development Management
  • Manchester University - PG Diploma in Public Health (Global Health)
  • Open University - PGCert in Conflict, War and Development
  • Plymouth University - PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (LTHE)
  • Anthropology Department. London School of Economics: BSc Social Anthropology.

Posts previously held

  • 2016-2019. Masters in Public Health Online, University of Essex 
  • 2007 – 2017. Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies. University of Plymouth 
  • 2008-2017. Masters in Public Health Online, University of Liverpool 
  • 2004 -2007. Manager, Home Start Torridge, UK. Family Support Charity 
  • 1997 – 2007. Researcher. E-Risk Study, Kings College London. 
  • 2002-2004. Community Development Worker. The Children's Society, UK. 
  • 1991-2002. Radiographer. Variety of NHS Hospitals.

Responsibilities within the university

Teaching on the BA (Hons) Public Health; MSc Global Public Health;  BA (Hons) Health and Social Care undergraduate degrees.

Supervising Phd's and Masters dissertations.

Programme Lead BA (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-Up)​.


  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy.
  • Reviewer - ESRC Grants.
  • Reviewer - MRC Grants.
  • Member of Editorial Board – Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Care.
  • Reviewer – Journal of Further and Higher Education and Children and Young Services Review.
  • Member of Advisory Committee for Department of Education funded project run by Barnardos and POPS:  i-HOP Information Hub on Offenders' families with children for Professionals
  • External Examiner – Huddersfield University – MA Professional Practice 2010-2014.
  • External Examiner – Liverpool John Moores – MA International Approaches in Early Childhood Education and Care.   2016 – onwards.


Morgan J (2016). No Lost Generation Impact Study: Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon. World Vision Lebanon. Focus on educational and child protection services offered in child friendly spaces.

Morgan J (2015). An Evaluation of Action-Work Theatre and Arts Company.   Plymouth: Plymouth University http://www.actionwork.com/ (Education and Theatre and Children's Rights/Empowerment)

Morgan, J., (2013). An Evaluation of the Barefeet Theatre Company. Lusaka, Zambia: Barefeet. http://barefeettheatre.org/ (Education through the Theatre and Arts to Empower Children)

Morgan, J & Gill, O., (2013). Children affected by the Imprisonment of a Family Member: A Handbook for Schools Developing Good Practice. London: Barnardo's.  Available from: 

Research / Scholarly interests

Morgan, J. (2017). Staying in contact with their children: the experiences of imprisoned mothers in England. Children of Prisoners Conference, New Zealand.

Morgan, J. et al (2016). 'Beyond Rubricated Reflection – Perspectives of instructors and students on reflection in an online Master of Public Health Programme'. The Higher Education Conference 2016 Amsterdam.

Morgan, J. & Leeson, C., (2016). Improving prison visiting experiences for imprisoned parents and their children. International Conference of Law Enforcement and Public Health. Amsterdam.

Leeson, C & Morgan, J. (2016). Children of Prisoners: A Hidden Group of Young Carers. International Conference of Law Enforcement and Public Health. Amsterdam.

Welbourne, P., Morgan, J. & Leeson, C., (2015). 'Missing children: a contested territory'. Young People and the Law: International Approaches to Care, Corrections and Intervention. Conference held at Monash University, Prato Centre, Italy.

Morgan, J (2015). Her Majesty's Inspectors of Prisons Annual National Training Event, London; Keeping in contact - children with a parent in prison, how might prisons support family connections?

Liverpool University/Laureate Education (2014). Design of Online Masters Module on Health Inequalities for Masters in Public Health (Consultancy).

Morgan J., (2013). Using the On-Line Environment to Support Female Students in Progressing From Foundation Degree to Honours Degree. Paper presented at Learning Spaces and Communities, 6th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning. April 9-11, 2013. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Plymouth University, Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company, TR2 and Barnardo's. (2013) Children of Prisoners Theatre Production accessed at: http://www.i-hop.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/361.

Morgan, J., (2013). Reflections on a Participatory Research Project undertaken with Children in Mongolia and Zambia. Paper presented at the Institute of Health, Education and Community Conference Plymouth University March 20th 2013. ​

PhD Supervisions completed

McGrath, C., (2018). Oral Story: A pedagogical tool encouraging children's mathematical thinking (PhD). Director of Studies.

Kingdom, Z., (2017). A qualitative study exploring children's role play experiences in two early year's pack-away settings (PhD).

Lavelle, M., (2011). A sociological investigation of Sure Start Children's Centres: Understanding parental participation (Funded by Devon County Council and HEFCE) (PhD).

PhD External examiner

University of Huddersfield. (2017). The Effects of Family Relationships on Children of Prisoners - A Study of Romania

Selected MPH/MA Dissertations Supervised

Health professionals' perceptions on the barriers for female street-based sex workers in accessing sexual and reproductive health services in Bradford and Leeds, UK.

A qualitative look at the transgender person's perspective of interactions with family, the healthcare community, and society in Oregon.

A systematic review of the impact of disclosure of HIV status among peri-natally infected adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A systematic review of the effectiveness of metformin-clomiphene citrate vs clomiphene citrate alone in infertile women with PCOS.

A cross sectional study exploring attitudes and knowledge around HIV/AIDS in university students in the Philippines.

A qualitative study to explore the impact of displacement, caused by the armed conflict in Iraq (2014-2018), on the knowledge, attitudes and practice of healthcare providers in Kirkuk, Iraq.

A qualitative study to explore the humanitarian workers' perspective on barriers and facilitators when identifying, planning and providing health and sanitation services for the most vulnerable populations within an emergency humanitarian response.

A qualitative exploration of the effect of Nutrition North Canada on the Inuit community in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada.

A qualitative study exploring the perspectives of refugee-assisting NGO's in Bangkok on the primary health needs of urban refugees.

Application of aid effectiveness principles in vulnerable children (VC) and caregiver programming in Nigeria. A qualitative study of key informant perspectives on the Systems Transformed for Empowered Action and Enabling Responses for Vulnerable Children and Families (STEER) project.

A qualitative investigation of health workers perceptions of health provision provided to adult Internally Displaced Persons by humanitarian agencies in Malakal, South Sudan

A qualitative study to identify barriers and enablers experienced by event management and health technical staff in low to middle and high income countries to implementing coordination mechanisms at the national level during public health emergencies.

An exploration of mothers' perceptions and experiences related to exclusive breastfeeding in Chipata District in Eastern Province, Zambia

What factors impact on mother's decisions to immunize their children in Enugu State, Nigeria?

Perceptions and Experiences of Mothers regarding Exclusive Breastfeeding in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Knowledge of and attitudes to childhood autism amongst teachers in Nigerian Pre and Primary Schools.

Measuring associations between maternal characteristics and nutritional outcomes of children aged 6 -59 months in Kakuma Refugee Camp; Kenya.

A qualitative study exploring the perspectives of parents/guardians about health services for children with autistic spectrum disorder in Abuja, Nigeria.

'The same but different: A comparative study of preschool provision in England and China'.

European Work Placements and Personal, Professional and Academic Development: The views of Widening Participation Early Childhood Studies Undergraduates.

A qualitative study exploring the experiences and perceptions of parents whose preterm baby has been cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Los Angeles County, California.

A qualitative study exploring women's perspectives on childhood immunization in rural and urban communities of Zaire Province, Angola.

A qualitative study exploring the perspectives of mothers in Qatar on dietary habits and healthy lifestyle choices for their children aged between 8-13years old.

An exploratory study into the health-seeking behaviour and healthcare access of slum-dwellers in Makoko-Iwaya area of Lagos, Nigeria

Predictive Factors for Single versus Multiple Emergency Department Visits Related to Asthma Exacerbations in Children Ages 5-14 Years in Washington Heights and Inwood, New York City, New York for the year of 2014

Women's perspectives of institutional birth deliveries: A qualitative study in Kavrepalanchok, Nepal

Antenatal Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia: A qualitative study of midwives perceptions regarding the challenges in offering SCT screening to pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy in the UK.​

Recent publications


Tadzong-Awasum, Grace and , Morgan, Julia (2021), Women’s perspectives on cervical cancer screening in Biyemassi, Yaoundé, Cameroon. Nova Science Publishers. In: , , , . Nova Science Publishers, International Public Health Journal, 13 (2) . pp. 147-155 ISSN: 1947-4989 (Print), (doi: http://www.novapublishers.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=66336) NB Item availability restricted.

Nwaokenye, Jude , Sulaiman, Lakoh, Morgan, Julia (2020), Perceptions of Nigerian healthcare workers towards hand hygiene: a qualitative study. Pan African Medical Journal. In: , , , . Pan African Medical Journal, Pan African Medical Journal, 36: 204 ISSN: 1937-8688 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.11604/pamj.2020.36.204.19869).

Orjingene, O. and , Morgan, J. (2020), Effectiveness of community based interventions in reducing maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review. SCIENCEDOMAIN International. In: , , , . SCIENCEDOMAIN International, International Journal of TROPICAL DISEASE & Health (IJTDH), 41 (9) . pp. 9-21 2278-1005 (Online) (doi: https://www.journalijtdh.com/index.php/IJTDH/article/view/30314).

Leeson, Caroline and , Morgan, Julia (2019), Children with a parent in prison England and Wales: A hidden population of young carers. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Child Care in Practice ISSN: 1357-5279 (Print), 1476-489X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2019.1680531).

Peters, Jane , Skirton, Heather, Morgan, Julia, Clark, Maria (2018), How do parents perceive and utilize knowledge of their infant’s mental health? A systematic review. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Child Health Care ISSN: 1367-4935 (Print), 1741-2889 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493518787311).

Alotaibi, Fatmah , Cutting, Roger, Morgan, Julia (2017), A critical analysis of the literature in women's leadership in Saudi Arabia. In: , , , . , International Journal of Business Administration and Management Research, 3 (1) 2412-4346 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.24178/ijbamr.2017.3.1.29).

Morgan, Julia and , (2016), Participation, empowerment and capacity building: Exploring young people's perspectives on the services provided to them by a grassroots NGO in sub-Saharan Africa. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Children and Youth Services Review, 65 . pp. 175-182 ISSN: 0190-7409 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.04.012) NB Item availability restricted.

Morgan, Julia and , Leeson, C. (2015), How can schools support children who experience the imprisonment of a parent or close relative?. In: , , , . , Every Child Journal, 5 (1) . pp. 20-26 (doi: ).

Leeson, Caroline and , Morgan, Julia (2014), Strategic planning for support services for children with a parent or close relative in prison. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Social Policy and Administration, 48 (7) . pp. 848-863 ISSN: 0144-5596 (Print), 1467-9515 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12050).

Morgan, Julia and , Sengedorj, Tumendelger (2014), 'If you were the researcher what would you research?': understanding children's perspectives on educational research in Mongolia and Zambia. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 38 (2) . pp. 200-218 ISSN: 1743-727X (Print), 1743-7288 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2014.946498) NB Item availability restricted.

Morgan, Julia , Leeson, Caroline, Dillon, Rebecca Carter, Wirgman, Anne Louise , Needham, Mary (2014), 'A hidden group of children': Support in schools for children who experience parental imprisonment. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Children and Society, 28 (4) . pp. 269-279 ISSN: 0951-0605 (Print), 1099-0860 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12012).

Morgan, Julia and , (2014), Book reviews: Children’s rights in practice. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Education for Teaching, 40 (2) . pp. 191-193 ISSN: 0260-7476 (Print), 1360-0540 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2013.865924).

Morgan, Julia and , (2013), Foundation degree to honours degree: the transition experiences of students on an early years programme. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 39 . pp. 108-126 ISSN: 0309-877X (Print), 1469-9486 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2013.817005).

Morgan, Julia , Leeson, Caroline, Carter Dillon, Rebecca (2013), How can schools support children with a parent in prison?. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Pastoral Care in Education, 31 (3) . pp. 199-210 ISSN: 0264-3944 (Print), 1468-0122 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02643944.2013.788063).

Book section

Morgan, Julia and , (2019), The impact of parental imprisonment on children’s school experiences in the UK: an overview of the research literature, policy and practice. Palgrave. In: , , In: Marie Hutton, Dominique Moran (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Famil. Palgrave, (1st) . ISBN: 9783030127435 (doi: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030127435).

Leeson, Caroline and , Morgan, Julia (2015), Children, inequality and risk. Sage. In: , , In: Rod Parker-Rees, Caroline Leeson (eds.), Early Childhood Studies: An Introduction to the study of children's lives and children's world. Sage, (4th) . pp. 99-111 . ISBN: 9781473915923 (doi: ).

Morgan, Julia and , (2013), International recognition of children’s rights and its influence on early childhood education and care: The case of Zambia. Maidenhead: Open University. In: , , In: Jan Georgeson, Jane Payler (eds.), International Perspectives On Early Childhood Education And Car. Maidenhead: Open University, . pp. 18-29 . ISBN: 9780335245918 (doi: ).