Dr Larry Doi

Lecturer (Applied Public Health); Postgraduate Research Director (Nursing Studies)


October 2020 - currently: Postgraduate Research Director (Nursing Studies), University of Edinburgh

2018 - currently: Lecturer in Applied Public Health, University of Edinburgh

2018 - 2020: Deputy Director, Scotiish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, University of Edinburgh

2012 - 2018: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

2008 - 2012: Research Fellow, University of Stirling



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Stirling

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Edinburgh

Master of Public Health, University of Edinburgh

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, University of Cape Coast


Responsibilities & affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate teaching

Understanding and Investigation: Research Methods, MA Health in Social Science

Evidence and Enquiry

Postgraduate teaching

PhD and MScR Programme Director (Nursing Studies)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Developing and evaluating an App-based intervention to reduce smoking in young people in China (Mengying Zhang)

A realist evaluation of the enhanced Health Visiting Programme in Scotland  (Kathleen Morrison)

Exploring the right to food (Ana Sofia Avarado)

A mixed-methods realist evaluation of the implementation of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programme in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgery (Lyrics Noba)

Developing and testing a theory-based intervention to increase physical activity for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (Audrey Buelo)

Research summary

Larry's research interest is in maternal and child health. His methodological expertise is in systematic reviews, developing and evaluating complex public health interventions, evaluability assessment and realist evaluation. 

Current project grants

Scottish Government funded project. Evaluation of the Enhanced Health Visiting Pathway (Principal Investigator).

Scottish Government funded project. Evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on Family Nurse Partnership (Principal Investigator).

UNICEF funded project. Analyses of the Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) child cohort to inform the design of obesity and overweight surveillance systems internationally (Co-Investigator).

Cyrenians funded project. Evaluation of the pathway programme to reduce readmission among homeless people (Principal Investigator).

Past project grants

Chief Scientist Office (CSO). Supporting Community Recovery and Reducing Readmission Risk Following Critical Illness (SCARF): development of programme theory, intervention development, trial design, and a realist evaluation for a subsequent multi-centre trial. (Co-Investigator).

Scottish Funding Council/Global Challenges Research Fund. Scotland – West Africa partnership to fight Antimicrobial resistance (Phase 1) (Co-Investigator).

School of Education. Evaluability Assessment of the School Deals project (Principal Investigator).

Scottish Government. Evaluability assessment of Scotland’s Baby Box (Co-Principal Investigator).

Scottish Government. A realist evaluation of the pilot of the School Nursing Programme (Principal Investigator).

University of Edinburgh Alumni. Evaluation of the daily mile physical activity programme (Principal Investigator).

Scottish Government. A realist evaluation of a programme to ’modernise’ the Health Visiting Service in NHS Ayrshire and Arran (Principal Investigator).

The Robertson Trust. Development of an intervention for parents with teenage children in Scotland (Co-Investigator).

NHS Health Scotland. An evaluation to assess the implementation of NHS delivered Alcohol Brief Interventions in Primary Care (Co-Investigator).

NHS Health Scotland. Audit of exercise referral scheme activity in Scotland (2) (Co-Investigator).

Scottish Government. An International Literature Review to Support the Development of a Health and Environmental Sustainability Framework for Scotland (Co-Investigator).

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. Evaluation of better blood transfusion programme (Co-Investigator).

NHS Health Scotland. Audit of exercise referral scheme activity in Scotland (1) (Co-Investigator).

NHS Health Scotland. Prison health needs assessment for alcohol problems (Co-Investigator).

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