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About Us

The Centre is directed by Lee Knifton and Neil Quinn and chaired by Professor Sir Harry Burns. Our team have experience of academia, policy and practice. It includes a talented core team and Fellows from across the University who lead inter-disciplinary research programmes alongside visiting scholars.

Our work to address health inequalities is shaped by fundamental public policy challenges of demographic changes, environmental sustainability, economic constraints and the transformative potential of technology. Our research is supported by an exciting set of educational and knowledge exchange initiatives, including:


Our cross-disciplinary research studies are grouped under four broad thematic areas

  • Improving health outcomes of looked after children with Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland
  • Systematic review on  health, happiness and wellbeing in the transition from adolescence to adulthood, for Royal Society Edinburgh
  • Getting by: young people’s experiences of poverty and stigma
  • Investing in the early years, the functional population pyramid.
  • Supporting asylum-seeking women with maternity care, with The British Red Cross
  • Social media and youth wellbeing, Global Engagement Fund, with University of Western Australia
  • Social media and body image, with Mental Health Foundation (grant and PhD)
  • Human rights participatory research project with Glasgow Homelessness Network, Mental Health Foundation and Health Scotland
  • Public health and bereavement with young offenders, with Scottish Prison Service
  • Addressing health information poverty via public libraries
  • ‘Citizenship, Recovery & Inclusive Society Partnership’ 4 year European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with New York University, Yale University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Mental Health Foundation, Ulm University and Finnish Association for Mental Health.
  • Health citizenship project with Yale University
  • Mental Health Disclosure Project with Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Advancing a Fracture Pathway Audit with Scottish Government
  • Personalisation in Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Digital Health- Alan Turing Foundation grant
  • Modelling resistance to health shocks, EPSRC study in Bangladesh
  • Addressing antibiotic resistance in low-income countries, a 12 country study
  • Health economic elicitation, MRC/NIHR methodology research programme in health decision-making 

Strengths and Opportunities

Our programmes are nested within a set of world-class initiatives at Strathclyde that offer unparalleled opportunities for Centre for Health Policy staff, partners and students and for external collaborators:

  • Technology: As Scotland’s leading international technology university Strathclyde leads the national Digital Health & Care Institute, and our Technology and Innovation Centre hosts Health Technologies at Strathclyde
  • Engineering and Science colleagues lead programmes addressing food, renewable energy and water availability  in Asia and Africa, including a long-term community health programme with Malawi.
  • Young people: Strathclyde hosts several nationally-funded centres of excellence including: The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children; Autism Network Scotland and Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice
  • Public Mental Health: We are Scotland’s leaders in public mental health including: Editing ‘Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives’ and ‘The Journal of Public Mental Health’; joint programmes with Yale University, New York University, Illinois Institute of Technology, The Scottish Recovery Network, Health and Social Care Alliance, Turning Point, Mental Health Foundation, NHS Health Scotland, NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; and collaboration with the WHO mental health team.