Mary Lynch

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I am a registered adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and hold a Master of Science in sustainable rural development and a PhD in Health Economics and Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). I am a trained Social Return on Investment (SROI) practitioner with a specific interest in Social Prescribing (SP), Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and SROI research into public health policy and evidence-based practice. A founding member of the Social Value Hub, Bangor University and a steering group member for the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) and Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN).  Member of the Public Health Economic Research Group (PHERG), Health Economist’s Study Group (HESG) and Welsh Health Economist’s Study Group (WHESG) and visiting Professor in University of South Wales leading for social value. I am Practitioner in Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and co-chair of the FPH Health Economics Special Interest Group (SIG).

Area of academic expertise - outline

Economist applying Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and non-market valuation techniques in main interest areas of public health, environment, behaviour change and valuing public goods and services.

Actively involved in Social Prescribing (SP) research and the estimation of Social Value and applying Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation.

Current research activities

Emotional Mind Dynamic (EMD) an accelerate project- Face-to-face and blended-learning life coaching for social prescribing to improve mental health and wellbeing for individuals who are living with anxiety and depression. Leading the SROI evaluation.

MY Life project- Collaborative project with Conway primary care GP cluster of 11 GP surgeries. Project is a lifestyle project social prescribing project for pre diabetic patients with raised HbA1c and BMI greater than 30. Lead the SROI.  Adopted as a portfolio study (IRAS ID: 300887) on the Health and Care Research Wales Directory.

Social Return on Investment of Make Well: Heath & Healing Through Green Crafts.  The Fathom Trust. Leading the SROI evaluation.

European Regional Development Fund, Interreg VA 2Seas Mers Zeeën (2021).

Leading the Social Return on Investment (SROI) of the EMPOWERCARE project with Canterbury Christchurch University.

The 13 partners from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium are working together to develop a holistic approach to respond to current gaps in the care of people aged 65+ and those aged 50+ and living with a chronic condition.

The project will deliver:

An empowerment strategy to deliver what matters to individuals and communities in order to manage their own care

A package of resources to enable transformation of the workforce

A Technology Blueprint on initiatives and technology that support enablement at individual and community level

Target collaborative companies

Organisations- NHS- primary care/ GP clusters 3rd sector organisations: volunteering organisation, housing associations, Local Authorities.

Target collaborative organisations

Organisations with direct interest in social prescribing, measuring social value, improving health and wellbeing outcomes

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Health and Wellbeing effects of green and blue spaces

Behavioural Economics 

Social Prescribing

Social Value

Social Return on Investment evaluation

Systematic Reviews

Current research activities

Peer reviewer for manuscripts submitted for publication in The Lancet Digital Health,the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Journal for Pilot and Feasibility Studies.                          Expert reviewer for Health and Care Research Wales, Health Research Grants scheme.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

External examiner, Queen's University Belfast

1 Oct 202130 Sep 2025

External examiner, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sep 201831 Aug 2022

External examiner, Swansea University

1 Sep 201830 Aug 2021


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