Mark Petticrew BA PhD

Professor of Public Health Evaluation



I am Director of the Public Health Research Consortium (funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme: I have co-authored a book which provides guidance on how to do systematic reviews in public health:

Petticrew M, Roberts H (2006) Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences: A practical guide. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

I am also a member of PIRU  - the Policy Innovation Research Unit at LSHTM (, and Karen Lock and I co-direct the NIHR School for Public Health Research at LSHTM:

I am an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool.

New research papers:

Petticrew M. Time to rethink the systematic review catechism? Moving from 'what works' to 'what happens': See:

We have also recently published papers on the Responsibility Deal evaluation, relating to the alcohol network, and the food network: see:




I currently teach on the MSc Public Health (Health Promotion Stream), among others, and co-organise the Health Promotion Approaches and Methods module.


A main interest is in the evaluation of complex interventions.

One of the papers has been made freely available by J Clin Epi:

"Complex interventions and their implications for systematic reviews:
a pragmatic approach":

The Responsibility Deal Evaluation is described here (with details of publications):

Other research has investigated tobacco industry funding of psychological research - e.g. the research of Hans Selye (see:, and research on Type A Behaviour and CHD (

We have published a new paper in the American J of Public Health on Islam and the tobacco industry:

The Guardian did a nice piece on this:

Research areas

  • Alcohol
  • Complex interventions
  • Food
  • Health inequalities
  • Public health
  • Research : policy relationship
  • Systematic reviews


  • Epidemiology
  • Policy analysis
  • Psychology

Other interests

  • Advertising
  • Alcohol Policy
  • Alcohol policy in developing countries
  • alcohol use
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