Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Dean of Research Impact at the University of Stirling.
She is also Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a UKCRC Centre for Public Health Excellence covering 13 Universities. In August 2014 she also took on the role of Cancer Research UK’s cancer prevention champion (the CRUK/BUPA Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention). This involves a part-time secondment to CRUK to lead their new cancer prevention initiative.
Linda is a social scientist with a PhD in social policy. Her research focuses on two main areas: the evaluation of complex public health interventions; and the use of evidence to inform health policy. She has conducted studies on drug and alcohol use, inequalities in health and, most notably, on smoking cessation and tobacco control. She undertook the first study of the UK’s national (NHS) stop smoking services when they were established in 1999. She has also played a significant role in the monitoring and evaluation of a range of tobacco control policies, and served as the UK government's scientific adviser on tobacco control from 2006 to 2010.
Examples of recent work include:
This latter role has led to a particular current interest in research and policy on harm reduction and electronic cigarettes in the UK, Europe and further afield.
As Dean of Research Impact, Linda works with academics to help plan and prioritise research activity that will make a practical difference to individuals, communities and societies. She also supports staff to integrate research with impact into learning and teaching activities so that students are, as far as possible, actively involved in this work and gain an understanding of the positive contribution the University makes to society.
Liaising on the national and international stage with policy makers, practitioners, and other potential end-users of Stirling-led research, is an important function of the role. She also helps to develop new initiatives and mechanisms which will encourage and support staff to maximise their potential to carry out publically-engaged research. Linda works closely with the Deputy Principal for Research and the University’s Research and Enterprise Office.