Professor Sally Haw has joined the University of Stirling's world-leading public health research team as Professor of Public and Population Health in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health.
Prior to her appointment, Professor Haw was Senior Scientific Adviser with the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, a unit co-funded by the Chief Scientist Office and the Medical Research Council. This brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to develop and evaluate interventions that address major public health problems and reduce health inequalities.
Professor Haw’s specialist interests include tobacco control and alcohol and drug misuse. Over the past decade, she has worked closely with government to help shape policy in these areas and her recent research has focused on the evaluation of Scotland’s smoke-free legislation. She led the Clean-air Legislation Evaluation (CLEAN) collaboration of over 50 researchers and their work is regarded as one of the most comprehensive evaluations of public policy yet conducted.
Professor Haw also has an interest in public health programmes and policies more generally: “I am particularly interested in the development of new approaches to the evaluation of complex public health interventions and policies. Interest is growing in this area of research and we now have a great opportunity to develop a programme of research which is directly relevant to academics, policy makers and practitioners.”
Professor Haw will be working in the Centre for Public Health and Population Health Research, whose research programmes explore aspects of health in local, national and international contexts. These programmes contribute to clinical practice and public health policy, much of which focuses on user and community engagement and research linked to social and environmental justice.
Head of School, Professor William Lauder, says: “We are delighted to appoint Sally Haw to strengthen our world-leading, smoking legislation research and policy development. The University of Stirling continues to be at the forefront of public and population health research.”