SPHR@L Team

Management Team

Mark Petticrew is co-Programme Lead and is a Professor of Public Health Evaluation whose interests are in evidence-based policy-making, systematic reviews, and the evaluation of the health effects of social policies.

Karen Lock is co-Programme Lead, Reader in Public Health and a qualified Public Health Consultant, having previously worked at a local level in Primary Care Trusts. Her main research interest is in evaluating upstream policies and approaches to tackling the social determinants of health.

Matt Egan is an Associate Professor and Management Team member. Attaining an MPhil and PhD in the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow Matt then joined the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in 2001, before joining SPHR@L in November 2013. His research interests include evidence for policy and practice; natural experiments; systematic reviews and primary studies of complex public health interventions.

Steve Cummins is a Professor of Population Health and NIHR Senior Fellow. Steve’s background is as a geographer (BSc) with training in epidemiology (MSc) and public health (PhD), joined LSHTM after holding posts at Queen Mary, University of London and the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. He recently joined the SPHR@L Management Team in March 2014.

Laura Cornelsen has a MSC degree in Health Economics from University of York and a PhD degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Laura worked at the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and was awarded a fellowship in Economics of Health, funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) in 2014. Laura joined SPHR@L in July 2018 as a Management Team member in its second five-year phase of funding by NIHR SPHR.

Mirela Andreeva is the Programme Coordinator managing SPHR@L’s programme administration, communications and project development and also sits on the Management Team. She has extensive programme and project management experience in the education and healthcare sectors and has worked for healthcare professional membership organisations.


Research Team

Elizabeth McGill is a Research Fellow with expertise is qualitative research and systematic reviews. Her early SPHR@L work sought to understand the attitudes to, and views and understandings of, research and evidence among practitioners and policy-makers in the urban built environment. More recently, Elizabeth’s research has a strong focus on alcohol and systems in public health. Elizabeth is currently working on a PhD linked to her alcohol research and she also coordinates the SPHR@L seminar series.

Joanna Reynolds is a Assistant Professor, working on an evaluation of an ‘Alcohol Toolkit’ employed by an English local authority, having also recently submitted her PhD thesis which explored how ‘community’ is enacted around a community-based intervention to help inform approaches for evaluating the impact of complex community interventions on health inequalities. She has a background in public health and social anthropology.

Katja Gravenhorst is a Research Fellow with a background in social anthropology. She has an interest in participatory approaches and community involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions to address health inequalities. She is currently conducting a policy review on housing and health in the context of austerity and involved in an independent evaluation of a national community empowerment initiative.

Vanessa Er is a mixed method researcher with expertise in nutrition. She is examining complex systems approach to evaluation of public health interventions and exploring the impact of housing policies on health in times of austerity. Besides having an interest in ethnic minority health and obesity, she is also an advocate of participatory research with experience in conducting public engagement activities.

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