Professor Chris Robertson

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

Since 2002 I have been Professor of Public Health Epidemiology in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and also Head of Statistics at Health Protection Scotland (HPS).  I have a joint appointment in the two institutes where I lead a team of researchers in statistics and public health epidemiology and manage the statistical research and consultancy service at HPS.  In 2010 I was appointed as a senior research fellow with the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France ( 


I am an applied statistician with interests in the application of Statistics over a wide variety of disciplines. Presently my main research interest is in statistical modelling of infectious diseases and in epidemiological studies.  This involves work on statistical methods for the analyses of linked data, mapping diseases, pharmaco-epidemiology studies, which are linked to the FARR Institute Scotland, population simulation models for infectious diseases, meta analysis and the design of disease surveillance systems. 


Cohort Profile : The COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) dynamic cohort of pregnant women to assess effects of viral and vaccine exposures on pregnancy
Stock Sarah J, Carruthers Jade, Denny Cheryl, Donaghy Jack, Goulding Anna, Hopcroft Lisa E M, Hopkins Leanne, Mulholland Rachel, Agrawal Utkarsh, Auyeung Bonnie, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, McCowan Colin, Murray Josie, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz, Shi Ting, Simpson Colin R, Vasileiou Eleftheria, Wood Rachael
International Journal of Epidemiology (2022)
Two-dose ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine protection against COVID-19 hospital admissions and deaths over time : a retrospective, population-based cohort study in Scotland and Brazil
Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, Cerqueira-Silva Thiago, Vasileiou Eleftheria, Robertson Chris, Amele Sarah, Pan Jiafeng, Taylor Bob, Boaventura Viviane, Werneck Guilherme Loureiro, Flores-Ortiz Renzo, Agrawal Utkarsh, Docherty Annemarie B, McCowan Colin, McMenamin Jim, Moore Emily, Ritchie Lewis D, Rudan Igor, Shah Syed Ahmar, Shi Ting, Simpson Colin R, Barreto Mauricio L, Oliveira Vinicius de Araujo, Barral-Netto Manoel, Sheikh Aziz
Lancet Vol 399, pp. 25-35 (2022)
COVID-19 hospital admissions and deaths after BNT162b2 and ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccinations in 2·57 million people in Scotland (EAVE II) : a prospective cohort study
Agrawal Utkarsh, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, McCowan Colin, Mulholland Rachel H, Azcoaga-Lorenzo Amaya, Amele Sarah, Fagbamigbe Adeniyi Francis, Vasileiou Eleftheria, Grange Zoe, Shi Ting, Kerr Steven, Moore Emily, Murray Josephine L K, Shah Syed Ahmar, Ritchie Lewis, O'Reilly Dermot, Stock Sarah J, Beggs Jillian, Chuter Antony, Torabi Fatemah, Akbari Ashley, Bedston Stuart, McMenamin Jim, Wood Rachael, Tang Ruby S M, de Lusignan Simon, Hobbs F D Richard, Woolhouse Mark, Simpson Colin R, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz
The Lancet Respiratory Medicine Vol 9, pp. 1439-1449 (2021)
Uptake, effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines in children and young people in Scotland : protocol for early pandemic evaluation and enhanced surveillance of COVID-19 (EAVE II)
Adeloye Davies, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, Woolford Lana, Simpson Colin R, Shah Syed Ahmar, Agrawal Utkarsh, Richie Lewis D, Swann Olivia V, Stock Sarah J, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz, Rudan Igor
Journal of Global Health Vol 11 (2021)
Probabilistic microsimulation to examine the cost-effectiveness of hospital admission screening strategies for carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in the United Kingdom
Manoukian Sarkis, Stewart Sally, Dancer Stephanie J, Mason Helen, Graves Nicholas, Robertson Chris, Leonard Alistair, Kennedy Sharon, Kavanagh Kim, Parcell Benjamin, Reilly Jacqui
European Journal of Health Economics (2021)
BNT162b2 and ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine effectiveness against death from the delta variant
Sheikh Aziz, Robertson Chris, Taylor Bob
New England Journal of Medicine Vol 385, pp. 2195-2197 (2021)

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Professional activities

Advanced Statistical Analyses Using R
Bayesian Statistical Methods for PhD Students
Glasgow Caledonian University (External organisation)
International Prevention Research Institute (IPRI) (External organisation)
Statistical Analyses Using R
Temporal Modelling of Disease Outbreaks using State Space and Delay Differential Equations
External Examiner

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Statistical Modelling of Covid-19 data in Public Health Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Kleczkowski, Adam (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Can We Enable Harmonised, Near Real-time, Data on Pharmacovigilance Of COVID-19 Vaccines Using Routinely Collected Linked National Datasets Across The UK?
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
Covid19 HDRUK
08-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
COVID-19: Early Assessment of COVID-19 epidemiology and Vaccine/anti-viral Effectiveness (EAVE II)
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Vascutek training on non normal data
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Dwyer, Ian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2019
Estimation of the spatial and temporal associations of air pollution on health in Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection Protocol (ECONI) - Socioeconomic Impact of HAI and modelling for future investment in Infection Prevention and Control measures in NHS Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection Protocol (ECONI) - Socioeconomic Impact of HAI and modelling for future investment in Infection Prevention and Control measures in NHS Scotland
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020

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