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20062024
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Personal Statement

I am a Professor of Public Health Policy at the Strathclyde School of Social Work and Social Policy (having recently moved, via Strathclyde's Global Talent scheme, from the University of Edinburgh's School of Social & Political Science, where I was Director of Research and Co-Director of SKAPE - the Centre for Science, Knowledge & Policy at Edinburgh). 

My principle research interests are the dynamics of policy change and the relationships between evidence, expertise, policy and practice, particularly for issues relating to public health and inequalities. I am currently involved in the following five areas of research: (i) research exploring public, policy and academic understandings of health inequalities in the UK (supported by grants from the ESRC and by my 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize award), which uses a combination of surveys, deliberative mini-publics, interviews and documentary analysis; (ii) research examining innovative health taxes, which is exploring the potential for different types of taxes in a range of different income settings (this includes work focusing on Scotland, which is funded by an ESRC impact accelerator award); (iii) research exploring the impacts of the UK's research impact agenda; (iv) I am leading a policy-focused workstream of SIPHER, a UKPRP funded consortium that is working to support policymakers to achieve an upstream shift in policy responses to public health and health inequalities via a complex systems modelling support tool; and (v) I am also involved in a separate UKPRP funded consortium called SPECTRUM, for which I will be helping to develop deliberative approaches to examining public preferences for tackling the costs of unhealthy commodity products (alcohol, cigarettes, ultra-processed food, etc). My earlier research (undertaken at the universities of Edinburgh, Bath and Durham) involved analysing corporate (particularly tobacco industry) efforts to influence EU and European Member State policies, comparatively assessing UK policies to tackle health inequalities, and evaluating national and local strategies to improve public health in the devolved UK. These various projects have been written up in various journal articles, a monograph entitled ‘Beyond Evidence-Based Public Health Policy: The Interplay of Ideas (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2013), a co-authored book on The Impact Agenda (forthcoming in Spring 2020 with Policy Press) and a British Medical Association award-winning edited collection, ‘Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives’ (Oxford University Press 2016). I am currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of Evidence & Policy and Co-Editor of the book series Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge & Policy.

I welcome PhD applications concerned with public policy analysis, public health or inequalities and have a strong track record of supporting graduate students in their research and policy careers.

Research Interests

My principle research interests are the dynamics of policy change and the relationships between evidence, expertise, policy and practice, particularly for issues relating to public health and inequalities. I am currently involved in the following five areas of research: (i) research exploring public, policy and academic understandings of health inequalities in the UK (supported by grants from the ESRC and by my 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize award), which uses a combination of surveys, deliberative mini-publics, interviews and documentary analysis; (ii) research examining innovative health taxes, which is exploring the potential for different types of taxes in a range of different income settings (this includes work focusing on Scotland, which is funded by an ESRC impact accelerator award); (iii) research exploring the impacts of the UK's research impact agenda; (iv) I am leading a policy-focused workstream of SIPHER, a UKPRP funded consortium that is working to support policymakers to achieve an upstream shift in policy responses to public health and health inequalities via a complex systems modelling support tool; and (v) I am also involved in a separate UKPRP funded consortium called SPECTRUM, for which I will be helping to develop deliberative approaches to examining public preferences for tackling the costs of unhealthy commodity products (alcohol, cigarettes, ultra-processed food, etc). My earlier research (undertaken at the universities of Edinburgh, Bath and Durham) involved analysing corporate (particularly tobacco industry) efforts to influence EU and European Member State policies, comparatively assessing UK policies to tackle health inequalities, and evaluating national and local strategies to improve public health in the devolved UK. These various projects have been written up in various journal articles, a monograph entitled ‘Beyond Evidence-Based Public Health Policy: The Interplay of Ideas (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2013), a co-authored book on The Impact Agenda (forthcoming in Spring 2020 with Policy Press) and a British Medical Association award-winning edited collection, ‘Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives’ (Oxford University Press 2016). I am currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of Evidence & Policy and Co-Editor of the book series Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge & Policy.

 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Master of Science, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Master of Arts, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

External positions

Honorary Professor , University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science

3 Jun 201931 May 2022

Co-Editor of Evidence & Policy

1 Jan 2018 → …

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public health Social Sciences
health Social Sciences
Public Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
nicotine Social Sciences
Tobacco Medicine & Life Sciences
Tobacco Industry Medicine & Life Sciences
health policy Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2024

Research Output 2006 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

E-cigarettes: a disruptive technology? An analysis of health actors' positions on E-cigarette regulation in Scotland

Weishaar, H. B., Ikegwuonu, T., Smith, K. E., Buckton, C. H. & Hilton, S., 26 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 17, 19 p., 3103.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Scotland
Tobacco Products
Technology
Public Health
Policy Making
1 Citation (Scopus)

'Half-cut' science: a qualitative examination of alcohol industry actors' use of peer-reviewed evidence in policy submissions on Minimum Unit Pricing

Cullen, D., Smith, K. & Collin, J., 31 Jan 2019, In : Evidence and Policy. 15, 1, p. 49-66 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
pricing
Industry
alcohol
Alcohols
Costs and Cost Analysis