Mr Lee Knifton

Co-Director - Centre For Health Policy

Management Science


Personal statement

I Joined Strathclyde in 2011 and my expertise is in public mental health. My main roles and contributions include:

  • Jointly lead "Mental Health Futures Collaborative" which brings together academics across Strathclyde who work on mental health research, with public and international partners. 
  • From 2014 to 2023 I co-founded and directed Strathclyde Centre for Health Policy, with Prof Neil Quinn. The Centre connects academics across the university to develop research and knowledge exchange initiatives.
  • In 2016 I jointly established our International Centre for Doctoral Training, with Yale Medical School and New York University, funded with the NHS we have successfully supported a cohort of 7 PhD students
  • Secured research grants from the NHS, Scottish Government, Police Scotland, European Union & several charities.
  • Lead health research collaborations with our International Strategic Partner New York University.
  • I maintain collaborations with a range of national and international organisations to enable important knowledge exchange and policy impact.
  • Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Mental Health, - previously Associate Editor where I led special editions with partners including the WHO.
  • Co-Edited 'Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives' (2014).         “It should be read by businessmen, teachers and politicians as much as by clinicians" (Prof Lord Layard)

My academic role is part-time (one day per week) and my primary role is as Director of The Mental Health Foundation for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Foundation are the UK's leading charity for research, policy and social interventions and we collaborate extensively with governments and national and international universities.

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Anticipated and experienced stigma and discrimination in the workplace among individuals with major depressive disorder in 35 countries : qualitative framework analysis of a mixed-method cross-sectional study
Van Bortel Tine, Wickramasinghe Nuwan Darshana, Treacy Samantha, Khan Nashi, Ouali Uta, Sumathipala Athula, Svab Vesna, Nader Doaa, Kadri Nadia, Monteiro Maria Fatima, Knifton Lee, Quinn Neil, Van Audenhove Chantal, Lasalvia Antonio, Bonetto Chiara, Thornicroft Graham, van Weeghel Jaap, Brouwers Evelien
BMJ Open Vol 14 (2024)
Experiences of Poverty Stigma and Mental Health in the UK
Inglis Greig, Sosu Edward, McHardy Fiona, Witteveen Isabel, Jenkins Pamela, Finlay Jo, Knifton Lee, McDaid Shari
Are images of seized knives an effective crime deterrent? A comparative thematic analysis of young people's views within the Scottish context
Cogan N, Chin-Van Chau Y, Russell K, Linden W, Swinson N, Eckler P, Knifton L, Jordan V, Williams D, Coleman C, Hunter S C
Journal of Youth Studies Vol 26, pp. 1293-1311 (2023)
'Lifts your spirits, lifts your mind' : a co-produced mixed-methods exploration of the benefits of green and blue spaces for mental wellbeing
McCartan Claire, Davidson Gavin, Bradley Liam, Greer Katherine, Knifton Lee, Mulholland Aodán, Webb Paul, White Chris
Health Expectations Vol 26, pp. 1679-1691 (2023)
Recent policy developments in promotion and prevention : a scoping review of national plans in Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales
McDaid Shari, Adell Tomas, Cameron Julie, Davidson Gavin, Knifton Lee, McCartan Claire, Mulholland Ciaran
Advances in Mental Health : Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Vol 21, pp. 67-80 (2023)
Associations between dimensions of Mental Health Literacy and adolescent help-seeking intentions
Goodfellow Claire, Macintyre Anna, Knifton Lee, Sosu Edward
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Vol 28, pp. 385-392 (2022)

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Professional Activities

Health and Care Futures: thematic areas workshop
Invited speaker
Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Network Workshop
Scottish Government Mental Health Research Group (External organisation)
Scotland's Mental Health Partnership (External organisation)
Mental Health and Prevention (Journal)
Editorial board member
Journal of Public Mental Health (Journal)
Guest editor

More professional activities


Mental Health Futures Collaborative
Cogan, Nicola (Principal Investigator) Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Principal Investigator) Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Tse, Dwight (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Principal Investigator) McCann, Lisa (Principal Investigator) Maguire, Roma (Principal Investigator) Smith, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Graham, Christopher Darryl (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator) Stephen, Susan (Principal Investigator) Weir, Natalie Mcfadyen (Principal Investigator) Donnachie, Craig (Principal Investigator) Cameron, Julie (Principal Investigator) Kane, Tony (Co-investigator) Lakey, Trevor (Academic) Donovan, Kevin (Fellow)
This Engage with Strathclyde event is aimed at all those with an interest in mental health including people with lived experience, NHS and social care personnel and staff, occupational health and human resource management staff, student support services, university student and staff, academics, private and public sector and other personnel interested in mental health research and knowledge exchange.

12-Jan-2023 - 12-Jan-2023
International Strategic Partnership (ISP) Joint PhD cluster - NYU & CUNY
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership (CRISP) (H2020 MSCA RISE)
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Miller, Emma (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019
Citizenship Measure Project
Stewart, Ailsa (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2017
Health and Human Rights: Participatory Action Research
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016

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Mr Lee Knifton
Co-Director - Centre For Health Policy
Management Science

Tel: 548 3615