Centre for Population Health and Public Health Research

Centre Aims

The key aim of CPHPHR is to produce policy and practice-relevant research that will improve the health of populations (in Scotland, the UK and beyond) and reduce health inequalities. Within this broad aim, we have three key programmes of research. The work of these programmes is further supported by a number of research fellows, research assistants and post-graduate research students. These programmes are:

  1. Designing and Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions and Policies, which includes research on tobacco control and alcohol and drug policy. This programme is led by Professor Sally HawDr Tessa Parkes (Senior Lecturer) has a particular interest in drug users and mental health.
  2. Population Health and Epidemiology of Common Conditions, which includes research on diabetes and physical activity and health. This programme is led by Dr Josie Evans (Reader) and Ms Claire Eades (Lecturer) and Dr Gemma Ryde, Dawn Cameron and Dr Jenni Connelly have their own projects and interests in this programme.
  3. Social and Economic Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities, which includes research on occupational and environmental health, the social-to-biological transition and the health of vulnerable groups. This programme is led by Professor Andrew Watterson and Dr Tony Robertson (Lecturer).

Across these three programmes, staff also collaborate widely within CPHPHR, the Faculty and the University and we are especially keen on using and developing novel methodological approaches that are applicable across global and national settings, including data linkage, quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory and consultative processes with the public and policy/practice partners. We produce high quality peer-reviewed publications and reports that contribute both to the academic discipline and to policy and practice again at a range of levels form local to global. The Centre has a successful seminar programme running each year. CPHPHR staff regularly attend workshops and training sessions to develop or acquire expertise in fields key to Public and Population Health.

Our staff also collaborate with institutions across Scotland and the UK and globally including leading international universities and research institutes and are engaged in some highly innovative work. For example, we now have collaborations on research projects with partners from Canada, USA and Australia. With our national and international partners, we have collaborations underway with regard to our key research interests in complex interventions, especially relating to tobacco control; type 2 diabetes and related health interventions; biological pathways between socio-economic circumstances and health; drug research scoping for the Scottish Government and mental health; and occupation and environmental health using participatory action research and health impact assessments. These activities and our contribution to the discipline can be evidenced by work for WHO, keynote speaker invitations, invites to examine PhDs in the UK and abroad, highly cited papers along with major policy impacts and invitations to either advise or join governmental/NGO policy committees and review funding applications from other countries.

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