Triantafyllos Pliakas MSc RNutr

Research Fellow in Local Policy Evaluation


Triantafyllos has a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece. After running his own private practice for a few years as a nutritionist and dietitian he moved back to academia to complete an MSc in Human Nutrition (Public Health) at London Metropolitan University. He joined the School in 2007 as a research degree student funded by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. Triantafyllos is currently a Research Fellow in the School for Public Health Research and a visiting Lecturer at London Metropolitan University.




Triantafyllos is involved in teaching on the distance learning programmes at the School. He is the Module Organizer on the distance learning module Environmental Change and Global Health Policy in the MSc in Global Health Policy. He has previously acted as a distance learning tutor on Environment, Health and Sustainable Development, Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Health Policy and Basic Epidemiology in the MSc in Public Health.

Triantafyllos has also previously contributed to the in-house teaching. He taught on the Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease module in the MSc in Nutrition for Global Health and has been a Lead tutor in the Basic Maths Support Sessions and the PASS scheme in Basic Statistics for PHP.


Triantafyllos’ PhD looks at the impact of objectively measured environmental factors on different types of physical activity in English adults using data from the Whitehall II study and the Health Survey for England. His main area of research is environmental epidemiology and public health with a focus on quantifying the impact of the physical/built and food environments and evaluating the impact of local policies on health outcomes and health behaviours. He has led and coordinated the collection of environmental data through the use of neighbourhood audit tools and Geographical Information Systems for the Well London RCT study (PI: Mark Petticrew)

He has been co-ordinating the MRC funded Older Peoples’ Environments and Cardiovascular Risk (OPECR) study. The project brings together data from the British Women’s Heart and Health Study and the British Regional Heart Study and is looking at optimizing methods for measuring the effects of neighbourhood environments on diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol intake and cardiovascular risk in older people in the UK.

Triantafyllos is currently a member of the SPHR@L team working within the Alcohol stream. He is contributing to the development and delivery of evaluation and other research across a range of themes relating to social and public health policy in local government and local community settings in England. He is currently leading the quantitative analysis of alcohol retail sales data as part of the 'Reducing the Strength' evaluation and licensing, on-license alcohol retail sales and crime and anti-social behaviour data as part of the Cumulative Impact Policy evaluation.

Research areas

  • Alcohol
  • Climate change
  • Complex interventions
  • Environment
  • Environmental Health
  • Evaluation
  • Food
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global Health
  • Health inequalities
  • Health outcomes
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Impact evaluation
  • Inequalities
  • Methodology
  • Older people's health
  • Physical activity
  • Public health
  • Spatial analysis
  • Transport


  • Epidemiology
  • GIS/Spatial analysis
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Addiction
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity


  • Euro area
  • European Union


  • Greece
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Alcohol Policy
  • Body Composition
  • Built and Physical Environment
  • Centre for Evaluation
  • Climate
  • Cycling
  • Distance Learning
  • Environmental Change
  • Environmental Justice
  • Geography
  • Global Health Initiatives
  • Global environmental change
  • Neighborhood Effect
  • Place
  • Space
  • Urban development
  • Women's health
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