Mark Petticrew BA PhD

Professor of Public Health Evaluation

Mark Petticrew's Background

My main research interests are in evidence-based policymaking, systematic reviews, and the evaluation of the health effects of social policies. I am Director of the Public Health Research Consortium (funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme:, and one of the co-ordinators of the Cochrane/Campbell Health Equity Field. I have co-authored a book which among other things aims to provide 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 NIRH School for Public Health Research at LSHTM:

I am an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool.

Mark Petticrew's Affiliation

Mark Petticrew's Teaching

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

Mark Petticrew's Research

Current research involves systematic reviews in the areas of tobacco control, housing and regeneration, and employment policy, and primary research on the health impacts of investment in social housing in the UK. I am involved in systematic reviews carried out as part of the Campbell Collaboration and the Cochrane Collaboration.

A main interest is in the evaluation of complex interventions. Laurie Anderson and I recently guest-edited a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology on systematic reviews of complex interventions (J Clin Epi Vol 66 | No. 11 | November 2013 | Pages 1195-1316).

One of the papers has been made freely available by the journal:

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

I am a co-investigator on the Well London RCT:

And the Responsibility Deal Evaluation:

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

Research areas

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


  • Epidemiology
  • Policy analysis
  • Psychology

Other interests

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