Steven Cummins


of Population Health

Room 223

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

020 7927 2741

Steven, a geographer (BSc) with training in epidemiology (MSc) and public health (PhD), joined LSHTM in 2012 after holding posts at Queen Mary, University of London and the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow.

His research interests include the social and environmental determinants of population health and health inequalities; evaluation of complex population health interventions, complex systems thinking, use of natural experiments in evidence-based policy, and the research-policy interface. Much of this work focuses on improving diet and increasing physical activity; reducing obesity and diabetes; and improving psychological wellbeing.

Externally he serves as Panel Chair for the NIHR Doctoral Fellowships Programme, serves as a NIHR Mentor and is a member of the Cancer Research UK Expert Review Panel on Prevention. 

AT LSHTM, he is Head of the Department of Public Health, Environments & Society, Co-Director of the Population Health Innovation Lab (PHI-Lab) and PI of the NIHR School of Public Health Research@LSHTM (SPHR@L). 

Steven’s research has been supported by a wide range of funders including ESRC, Department of Health, MRC, NIHR, NIH, The Leverhulme Trust and The Wellcome Trust. His work has been recognised by the award of Phillip Leverhulme Prize and the Association for the Study of Obesity Young Achiever Award.


Department of Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


I am a Seminar Leader for Principles of Social Research (MSc Publc Health) and contribute lectures to the Evidence-based Policy & Practice (DrPH Programme) and Social Epidemiology (MSc Epidemiology) modules.


I also supervise MSc tutees and a number of PhD and DrPH students.


Steven is Co-Director of the Population Health Innovation Lab. PHI|Lab aims to use insights from epidemiology, economics, sociology and geography to understand and change the social, economic and environmental system drivers of population health.

The group has particular expertise in diet and physical activity and are using findings from our research to test and evaluate policies and interventions that have the potential to improve health at the population level.

To achieve this we work collaboratively with leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners locally, nationally and internationally.

Major funded projects have included ORiEL, a 5-year prospective study of the health and social legacy of London 2012 Olympics (NIHR, 2011-16); the National Evaluation of the Healthy Towns Programme (DH PRP, 2009-13); evaluation of the Forestry Commission Scotland's Social Forestry programmes (NIHR, 2012-16); active design and physical activity (NIHR, 2015-2018), the evaluation of the effect of the sugary drinks industry level (NIHR, 2017-22) and an impact evlauation of the restrictions on advertising of HFSS foods on the Transport for London network (NIHR 2019-2021).

In addition, PHI-Lab is lucky to host the recepients of a number of personal research and training fellowships from MRC (Dr Laura Cornelsen) and Wellcome Trust (Dr Claire Thompson) which focus on a range of topics including, food security, food environment and diet and the economics of food pricing.

PHI-Lab is affiliated to the NIHR School of Public Health Research as LSHTM (SPHR@L), the LSHTM Centre for Evaluation, and the LSHTM Centre for Global Non-communicable Disease.

Please visit the PHI-Lab website for updates

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Evidence use
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Impact evaluation
Physical activity
Spatial analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Cardiovascular disease
Chronic disease
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
United States of America
European Union
North America

Selected Publications

Patterns of beverage purchases amongst British households: A latent class analysis.
Berger N; Cummins S; Allen A; Smith RD; Cornelsen L
PLoS medicine
COVID-19: impact on the urban food retail system and dietary inequalities in the UK
Cummins S; Berger N; Cornelsen L; Eling J; Er V; Greener R; Kalbus A; Karapici A; Law C; Ndlovu D
Cities & Health
The effect of moving to East Village, the former London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Athletes' Village, on physical activity and adiposity (ENABLE London): a cohort study.
Nightingale CM; Limb ES; Ram B; Shankar A; Clary C; Lewis D; Cummins S; Procter D; Cooper AR; Page AS
The Lancet. Public health
An Olympic Legacy? Did the Urban Regeneration Associated With the London 2012 Olympic Games Influence Adolescent Mental Health?
Clark C; Smuk M; Cummins S; Eldridge S; Fahy A; Lewis D; Moore DG; Smith N; Taylor SJC; Stansfeld SA
American journal of epidemiology
Interrupted time series regression for the evaluation of public health interventions: a tutorial.
Bernal JL; Cummins S; Gasparrini A
International journal of epidemiology
The Local Food Environment and Fruit and Vegetable Intake: A Geographically Weighted Regression Approach in the ORiEL Study.
Clary C; Lewis DJ; Flint E; Smith NR; Kestens Y; Cummins S
American journal of epidemiology
'Dark logic': theorising the harmful consequences of public health interventions.
Bonell C; Jamal F; Melendez-Torres GJ; Cummins S
Journal of epidemiology and community health
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