Dr Will Nutland BSc DrPH

Research Fellow

About Will Nutland

Will Nutland is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy.


I have a degree in International Development from the University of East Anglia, with a particular focus on land and water resource development; gender and development; and Southern African development.

Over the past 20 years I have managed a range of community-based health programmes, developing an expertise in health promotion and community based research, and have a history of grass-roots health, environmental and social activism. I also worked as a Public Health Specialist for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Before joining the School in 2008 as a research degree student on the Dr PH programme, I worked as Head of Health Promotion at Terrence Higgins Trust in London. 

I have a particular interest in sexual health and marginalised communities including men who have sex with men; sex workers; trans* people; asylum seekers and refugees; and migrants.

I sit within Sigma Research  - a research group specialising in the social, behavioural and policy aspects of HIV and sexual health. 





I teach on the Foundations of Health Promotion MSc module; the Sexual Health MSc module; and Applied Communicable Disease Control MSc module. I am the co-module organiser for the Health Promotion Integrating module in the summer term.


My current key research interest is in HIV pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and my doctoral thesis explored the acceptability of PrEP as an HIV prevention technology among men who have sex with men (MSM) in London. This research explored the acceptability of different PrEP methods, including 'pipeline' methods still in concept or development stages; and the impact of partner and peer attitudes, and stigma, on potential PrEP use.

I am currently working on a qualitative research project examining the barriers and motiviations for PrEP use in Black MSM in London; and an England-wide project that seeks to develop an online tool to assist individuals in determing if PrEP is appropriate for them.

Additionally I work on TRANSFORM - a research project in conjunction with colleagues at the Wits Reproductive Health Institute in Johannesburg, KEMRI Wellcome Trust in Malinida, and University of Nairobi. TRANSFORM is a large scale, mixed-methods study of sexual health and well-being among MSM in Kenya and South Africa that aims to describe the unmet need for prevention, diagnosis and treatment for HIV among MSM in these two countries and to determine acceptable programmatic responses to these needs.  

In recent years I have worked on: the SHARP project, that mapped and appraised HIV prevention and care interventions for MSM in east and southern Africa; evaluation of HIV Prevention England's social media interventions and outreach interventions; and on a study understanding the views of MSM on blood donation policy in the UK.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Equity
  • Global Health
  • Health inequalities
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Health sector development
  • Health workers
  • Implementation research
  • Inequalities
  • Migration
  • Mobile technologies
  • Organisational research
  • Public health
  • Public health history
  • Public understanding
  • Reproductive health
  • Research : policy relationship
  • Risk
  • Sexual health
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Substance use


  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Syphilis


  • Arab World
  • European Union
  • North America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Other interests

  • Behavioural And Cultural Change
  • Citizenship
  • Ethnicity And Health
  • Gender And Health
  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Self Testing
  • HIV Testing
  • HIV Treatment
  • Health Workforce Development
  • Males Who Have Sex With Males
  • Mens Health
  • Multisectoral Responses To HIV
  • Networks
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