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.

Richard Smith is a Professor of Health System Economics with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics from the University of York. Upon leaving York in 1991, Richard worked in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, before joining the LSHTM in May 2007.  Since 2011 has served as Dean of Faculty of Public Health & Policy. Richard now joins SPHR@L in April 2017 as a Management Team member in its second five-year phase of funding.

Mirela Andreeva is the Programme Coordinator managing SPHR@L’s programme administration, communications and development and also sits on the Management Team.

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.

Michael McGrath has an academic background in anthropology and public health and is currently undertaking research exploring alcohol licensing in London.  He has experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods, having previously worked in alcohol and tobacco policy research and evaluation, and burden of disease studies in both the UK and Australia.

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