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. 


Quantifying the impact of air pollution on Covid-19 hospitalisation and death rates in Scotland
Lee Duncan, Robertson Chris, McRae Carole, Baker Jessica
Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology Vol 42 (2022)
COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19 outcomes from Delta AY.4.2 : cohort and test-negative study of 5.4 million individuals in Scotland
Kerr Steven, Vasileiou Eleftheria, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz
Journal of Global Health Vol 12 (2022)
Deriving and validating a risk prediction model for long COVID-19 : protocol for an observational cohort study using linked Scottish data
Daines Luke, Mulholland Rachel H, Vasileiou Eleftheria, Hammersley Vicky, Weatherill David, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, Kerr Steven, Moore Emily, Pesenti Elisa, Quint Jennifer K, Shah Syed Ahmar, Shi Ting, Simpson Colin R, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz
BMJ Open Vol 12 (2022)
Severity of omicron variant of concern and effectiveness of vaccine boosters against symptomatic disease in Scotland (EAVE II) : a national cohort study with nested test-negative design
, Sheikh Aziz, Kerr Steven, Woolhouse Mark, McMenamin Jim, Robertson Chris
Lancet Infectious Diseases Vol 22, pp. 959-966 (2022)
Variations in COVID-19 vaccination uptake among people in receipt of psychotropic drugs : cross-sectional analysis of a national population-based prospective cohort
Murphy Siobhán, O'Reilly Dermot, Owen Rhiannon K, Akbari Ashley, Lowthian Emily, Bedston Stuart, Torabi Fatemeh, Beggs Jillian, Chuter Antony, de Lusignan Simon, Hobbs Richard, Robertson Chris, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, Sheikh Aziz, Bradley Declan T
British Journal of Psychiatry Vol 221, pp. 417-424 (2022)
Common protocol for validation of the QCOVID algorithm across the four UK nations
Kerr Steven, Robertson Chris, Nafilyan Vahe, Lyons Ronan A, Kee Frank, Cardwell Christopher R, Coupland Carol, Lyons Jane, Humberstone Ben, Hippisley-Cox Julia, Sheikh Aziz
BMJ Open Vol 12 (2022)

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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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