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Mr Shahid Islam

PositionResearch Fellow
LocationB1.20 Chesham Room
Feedback Hours9-5pm
Telephone01274 236056
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Research Interests (key words only)

Community engagement,
Community readiness,
Qualitative research,
Born in Bradford,
Better Start Bradford,
Early intervention


Shahid is employed as a Research Fellow based in the Faculty of Health Studies whose work is primarily connected to the Born in Bradford programme.

His recent research has focussed on the work of the Better Start Bradford programme to investigate how families with young children could be engaged to improve rates of participation in early intervention programmes.

Prior to joining the University of Bradford, Shahid held several posts in a variety of sectors to support efforts to maximise public engagement and involvement.

In 2015 Shahid won The Bradford Community Star Award for outstanding services to the voluntary sector.

Study History


  • BA (Hons) Organisation Studies, Bradford College 2000
  • MA (Dist) Social Work & Social Welfare, University of Bradford 2005


Professional History


  • Civil Servant - Department for Work & Pensions
  • Social Liaison Officer - Lynfield Mount Hospital
  • Project Lead - Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Patient Involvement & Experience Manager - Bradford District Care Trust
  • Community Engagement - Better Start Bradford


Research Areas


  • Community Engagement
  • Patient and Public Involvement
  • Community Readiness
  • Health Inequalities
  • Engaging fathers in parenting


Current Projects


  • Community Readiness to improve air pollution in Bowling and Barkerend ward (Bradford East).
  • Assessing community readiness for social and emotional health issues amongst residents on a council estate.
  • Devising a rapid community readiness toolkit.
  • Joining the dots: community engagement methods and their impact on rates of participation.
  • Social capital research findings and their relevance to neighbourhood willingness to participate in projects.
  • Engaging fathers in early intervention programmes


Research Collaborations

Born in Bradford Innovation Hub is a collaboration between several universities and delivery partners. This is hosted by Bradford Institute for Health Research and includes collaboration with the University of York, University of Leeds and the Better Start Bradford programme.



  • Member of the Reaching Out Advisory Group
  • Director of Ash Community Interest Company
  • Trustee of Friends of Bowling Park



Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

  • Islam, S (2011). Square pegs in round holes: the mental health needs of young adults and how well these are met by services–an explorative study. Journal of Public Mental Health 10 (4) pp211-224
  • Heyman B, Lavender E , Islam S, Adey A, Ramsay T & Taffs N (2015). The journey effect: how travel affects the experiences of mental health in-patient service-users and their families. Disability & Society 30 (6), pp880-89
  • Islam S, Small N, Bryant M, Yang T, Cronin de Chavez A, Saville F & Dickerson J (2018). Addressing obesity in Roma communities: a community readiness approach. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (in press)
  • Cronin-de-Chavez A, Islam S & McEachan RRC (2019). Not a level playing field: A qualitative study exploring structural, community and individual determinants of greenspace use amongst low-income multi-ethnic families. Health & Place Vol 56, pp118-126

Conference Abstracts

  • Yang T, Rahman A, Islam S & Dogra S (2018). The Born in Bradford cohorts: conducting research in a multi-ethnic setting. European Journal of Public Health 28 (1) p16
  • Rahman A & Islam S (2018). Involve everyone! Developing a community engagement policy for research in an ethnically diverse city. European Journal of Public Health 28 (1) pp38-39

Magazine Articles

  • Islam S (2011). The Wizards of Aus: Orygen Youth Health Service in Melbourne. YoungMinds Magazine Issue 114 Winter 2011/2012
  • Islam S (2011). Our survey said: using electronic feedback on in-patient wards. Mental Health Today. November 2011.





Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement


  • I regularly attend community engagement events across the Better Start Bradford area
  • I have organised several community consultation exercises
  • Chair of the Community Research Advisory Group (CRAG)


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