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Dr Beki Langford

Dr Beki Langford

Dr Beki Langford
BA, MA, PhD, PhD(Dunelm)

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

Children and young people's public health

Office Room 4.02
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7353


Beki’s research focuses on children and young people’s public health, with a particular emphasis on educational settings. She recently completed a Cochrane systematic review into the effectiveness of the World Health Organization’s Health Promoting Schools framework. She is currently leading the process evaluation of the Filter FE challenge – an NIHR-funded feasibility trial to reduce uptake of smoking in students in Further Education settings. She has also conducted qualitative research with secondary school teachers, examining the links between student health and education. Beki is a co-author on an on-going Cochrane review into multiple risk behaviours in young people. She has also recently been involved in a meta-ethnography, led by Dr Pandora Pound, exploring young people’s experiences of sex and relationships education. 


Beki Langford is a Senior Research Associate with the DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement), a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence in the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol.

Beki is a medical anthropologist with expertise in combining qualitative and quantitative methods. Her research interests include children and young people’s public health, health inequities and intervention development and evaluation.

She has experience in a wide range of qualitative methods including semi-structured interviews, focus groups, observations and ethnography.

Her research focuses primarily on health promotion in educational settings (schools and further education colleges).

Her doctoral work focused on the development and evaluation of a hygiene intervention aimed at improving the health young children living in the slums of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Prior to returning to academia, Beki worked for the National Health Service in the North East of England as a Health Development Worker for Northumberland Care Trust.


Departmental short course programme:

Beki contributes to two short courses run by the School of Social and Community Medicine.  She leads the session on observational methods (with Dr Isabel de Salis) on the ‘Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods’ short course. She has also tutored on the ‘Systematic Reviews in Health Care: Meta-analysis in Context’ course.

Undergraduate teaching (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry; Department of Archaeology and Anthropology):

Beki has taught on the undergraduate medical course ‘Society, Health and Medicine’ since joining the department in 2010. In addition to her role as course tutor, she delivers the lecture on ‘Health Inequities’ and has also acted as an exam moderator.

Beki teaches on the Global Health intercalated BSc, delivering a lecture and seminar on ‘Mixed Methods Research in Global Heath’.

She has also lectured third-year Anthropology/Archaeology students on her doctoral work in Nepal.

Beki has supervised a ‘Student Selected Component’ on mental health and inequities and mentored a junior doctor on academic placement in the DECIPHer centre.


  • Children and Young People's Public Health
  • School-based interventions
  • Complex Interventions
  • Global Health
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Health Inequities
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Medical Anthropology

Recent publications

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