BLOG: Just how useful are licensing laws for improving public health?

Despite legal changes in Scotland, councils are struggling to use public health as an argument against new pubs and off-licences.  We need to reconsider the role of licensing in the context of other ways to achieve the same ends, suggests Niamh Fitzgerald.

The public health armoury available to reduce…

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BLOG: Liberalising drinking hasn’t left much chance for thinking

Alcohol policy has, for too long, spurned evidence or evaluation. Scotland is showing England and Wales the way forward, prioritising monitoring and evaluation of new policies to help generate better evidence, argues David Humphreys

Government policies to control alcohol have, over the years, set public health researchers a series of…

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BLOG: Why we want to develop public health research to help strengthen local government

SPHR@L is committed to support professionals in local government and understanding their need for the right kinds of evidence to support their public health responsibilities, explains Matt Egan

A healthy population both reflects and contributes to a healthy society. Securing better health adds legitimacy and value to public services…

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SEMINAR: Preventing harm with alcohol licensing: can we generate evidence from policy?

SPHR@L Seminar Series
NIHR School for Public Health Research @ LSHTM

‘Preventing harm with alcohol licensing: can we generate evidence from policy?’

Speaker: David Humphreys (University of Oxford)

Seminar abstract – D Humphreys

Seminar blog coming soon…

Date: Wednesday, 11th March 2015

Time: 17.15-18.30 – reception to follow

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U.o.Exter & SPHR@L announce 3rd ‘Why Evaluate?’ workshop

Why evaluate? A one-day workshop on research, evidence and evaluation in local government

We live in a society in which it is increasingly important for decisions to be “evidence-based”. Among other things, this implies a need to evaluate new programmes and policies to find out “what works”. Yet…

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SPHR@L launches new brochure!

SPHR@L is very excited to announce the publication of its new brochure, outlining who we are the important research we are undertaking.

Download a copy!

Like what you see? Let us know at:  or tweet us @SPHRatLSHTM (#newbrochure)


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ESRC seminar series: Reuniting the Evidence Base for Planning and Health

Reuniting the Evidence Base for Planning and Health – ESRC seminar
Monday 23 February 2015 – 1.00-4.30pm – London

Are you interested in attending an ESRC funded seminar, hosted by Public Health England, on ‘Reuniting the Evidence Base for Planning and Health’?

Public Health…

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PUBLICATION: Effectiveness Matters Nov issue – Housing improvement and home safety

SPHR@L contributes to the November issue of Effectiveness Matters!
Download the full November issue here

This edition has been co-produced by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) in collaboration with the National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR), the London School of…

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: RF post (primary quants analysis & systematic reviews)

SPHR@L Research Fellow
Primary Quantitative Analysis & Systematic Reviews

Click here for further info and to apply
Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Salary:   £37,106 to £42,139 per annum
Closing Date:   Sunday 14 December 2014
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  RFME

We are seeking…

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ANNOUNCEMENT: 2nd evaluation workshop for local government practitioners!

SPHR@L is excited to announce a second ‘Evaluation Workshop’ aimed at local government practitioners!
We are particularly interested in engaging with those working in housing, transport, and planning etc to be better equipped to design evaluations.
Date & time: Monday 1st December 2014, 9:00 am -5.00 pm…

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