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. 


Early pandemic evaluation and enhanced surveillance of COVID-19 (EAVE II) : protocol for an observational study using linked Scottish national data
Simpson Colin R, Robertson Chris, Vasileiou Eleftheria, McMenamin Jim, Gunson Rory, Ritchie Lewis D, Woolhouse Mark, Morrice Lynn, Kelly Dave, Stagg Helen R, Marques Diogo, Murray Josie, Sheikh Aziz
BMJ Open Vol 10 (2020)
Use of the online poisons information database TOXBASE and admissions rates for poisoned patients from emergency departments in England and Wales during 2008 to 2015
Pyper Kate, Robertson Charles, Eddleston Michael, Sandilands Euan, Bateman D Nicholas
Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians (2020)
A Bayesian hierarchical approach for multiple outcomes in routinely collected healthcare data
Carragher Raymond Bernard, Mueller Tanja, Bennie Marion, Robertson Chris
Statistics in Medicine Vol 39, pp. 2639-2654 (2020)
Impact of EMA regulatory label changes on systemic diclofenac initiation, discontinuation, and switching to other pain medicines in Scotland, England, Denmark, and The Netherlands
Morales Daniel R, Morant Steve V, MacDonald Thomas M, Mackenzie Isla S, Doney Alexander SF, Mitchell Lyn, Bennie Marion, Robertson Chris, Hallas Jesper, Pottegard Anton, Ernst Martin Thomsen, Wei Li, Nicholson Lizzie, Morris Carole, Herings Ron M C, Overbeek Jetty A, Smits Elisabeth, Robert W V
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Vol 29, pp. 296-305 (2020)
Bayesian hierarchical approaches for multiple outcomes in routinely collected healthcare data
Carragher Raymond Bernard, Mueller Tanja, Bennie Marion, Robertson Chris
EuroDURG 2020 (2020)
Residual effect of community antimicrobial exposure on risk of hospital onset healthcare associated Clostridioides difficile infection : a case-control study using national linked data
Pan J, Kavanagh K, Marwick C, Davey P, Wuiff C, Bryson S, Robertson C, Bennie M
Journal of Hospital Infection Vol 103, pp. 259-267 (2019)

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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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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)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Rutherford Fund Fellowship at HDR UK: Risk Prediction in Pharmacoepidemiology
Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Robertson, Chris (Co-investigator) Carragher, Raymond Bernard (Fellow)
14-Jan-2018 - 13-Jan-2021
A pilot project of real world outcomes in patients with metastatic breast cancer treated with taxanes
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2018
Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI) (SIRN Consortium Mark 2) | Tydeman, Florence
Kavanagh, Kimberley (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Chris (Co-investigator) Tydeman, Florence (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
Linking air pollution and health in Scotland to inform on locations for a Low Emission Zone
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017

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