La recherche au service de la performance en Santé
HESPER Health Services and Performance Research EA7425
Health Services and Performance Research
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
Health Services and Performance Research

Research Team



Axe 2 HESPER : Associate-professor (tenure)
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ESPE de l’Académie de Lyon – Laboratoire HESPER EA 7425

Research axis

Implementation research:

  • Implementation of health promotion projects (prevention, health education, protection): conceptual frameworks, evaluation of the process, outcomes and influencing factors
  • Evaluation of complex health promotion projects and programmes: defining outcomes, effects and impact, evaluation frameworks
  • Co-creation in the field of health promotion: definition, implementation and evaluation of outcomes, effects and impact


Dr. Emily Darlington (PhD) is associate-professor (tenure) at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Her PhD is in the field of implementation research in Health Promotion. Her research focuses on the implementation process of health promotion programmes, and the evaluation of complex health promotion projects, particularly multi-layered evaluation of outcomes, impact, and assessment of efficiency.

She focuses on defining the effects, outcomes and impact observed, and the contextual factors and operating mechanisms involved in the outcomes observed using the realistic evaluation framework. Other research interests include participatory approaches, particularly co-creation and design thinking.

She has participated in international research projects related to health, e.g.  A research project on NCD prevention using participatory and community approaches, with the Steno Diabetes Centre, Copenhagen Denmark - a project on quality of work life and disability with the EHESP (School of Public health), the Centre for political research in Europe and the Board of health promotion in Brittany.

She has taken part in several European projects:

She was Work package leader and lead partner team coordinator for the HEPCOM project (childhood obesity prevention and promotion of physical activity) which involved 15 countries in Europe (European Commission grant).

She is lead coordinator as well as task leader in the European project “Co-Creation: a method to develop sustainable welfare solutions” (Co-Creation Welfare; Erasmus+ KA202-2016-12; 2016-2019). 

She is also workpackage leader (evaluation workpackage) in the SPISEY project (K3 ERASMUS Plus – using a strategic planning tool to design inclusive policies in favour of health and well-being).

Emily is part of the SHE Network (Schools for Health Network) research group. She is a member of the scientific committee for the “Education, Santé, Sociétés” Journal; She is a member of the advisory board for the journal “Health Education”.  Finally, she is a member of the ethical and scientific committee for the UNESCO chair “Global Health and Education”.