Dr Matt Egan


Associate Professor


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


Much of Matt’s work is connected to the School of Public Health Research at LSHTM (SPHR@L). Established in April 2012, SPHR@L forms part of the wider NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR), comprising eight UK universities and research centres of excellence. Its research aims are to strengthen evidence and understanding for better decision-making on the social and environmental factors that determine public health. Areas of interest include health inequalities, alcohol, area based initiatives, local public health policy and practice, knowledge translation, public and practitioner involvement. SPHR@L is based within the Health Services and Research Policy department within LSHTM.

Previously, Matt has worked as a senior investigator scientist at MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow; and as a senior public health advisor at NHS Health Scotland. His research focuses on generating evidence to inform policy and practice. Methodological interests include evaluations of natural experiments; research synthesis and developing approaches for understanding public health systems. Topic interests include housing, urban regeneration, community empowerment, food and alcohol availability, and local government. Matt's educational background includes a PhD on the history of special needs education in Scotland.



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


Centre for Evaluation
History in Public Health


Matt teaches Issues in Public Health. He teaches and joint co-ordinates Reviewing the Literature at LSHTM. 


Matt is now working on a series of studies and programmes associated with the NIHR School of Public Health Research (SPHR). Previous research includes evaluating the health effects of urban regeneration in Glasgow (the GoWell Programme).

Matt is also LSHTM lead and co-PI on two major evaluations funded by NIHR.

ExILEnS: Exploring the impact of alcohol licensing in England and Scotland.

Communities in Control: What are the health and health inequalities impacts of the Big Local community empowerment initiative in England?


Matt is also a panel member on the NIHR Public Health Research Board.


Previous Publications

Bond L, Egan M, Kearns A, Tannahill C. GoWell: The challenges of evaluating regeneration as a population health intervention. Preventive Medicine 2013;57:941-947

Egan M, Katikireddi SV, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Kalacs M, Bond L. Health effects of neighborhood demolition and housing improvement: a prospective controlled study of 2 natural experiments in urban renewal. American Journal of Public Health 2013;103:e47-53

Kearns A, Whitley E, Bond L, Egan M, Tannahill C. The psychosocial pathway to mental well-being at the local level: investigating the effects of perceived relative position in a deprived area context. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:87-94

Maclean A, Sweeting H, Egan M, Der G, Adamson J, Hunt K. How robust is the evidence of an emerging or increasing female excess in physical morbidity between childhood and adolescence? Results of a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. Social Science & Medicine 2013;78:96-112

Neary J, Egan M, Bond L, Keenan PJ, Lawson L. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t: negotiating the tricky context of anti-social behaviour and keeping safe in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. Journal of Youth Studies 2013;16:118-134


Research Area
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Evidence use
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
United Kingdom
Euro area

Selected Publications

NIHR SPHR Guidance on Systems Approaches to Local Public Health Evaluation. Part 1: Introducing systems thinking.
Egan M; McGill E; Penney T; Anderson de Cuevas R; Er V; Orton L; Lock K; Popay J; Savona N; Cummins S
NIHR SPHR Guidance on Systems Approaches to Local Public Health Evaluation. Part 1: Introducing systems thinking.
NIHR SPHR Guidance on Systems Approaches to Local Public Health Evaluation. Part 2: What to consider when planning a systems evaluation.
Egan M; McGill E; Penney T; Anderson de Cuevas R; Er V; Orton L; White M; Lock K; Cummins S; Savona N
Exploring the impact of public health teams on alcohol premises licensing in England and Scotland (ExILEnS): procotol for a mixed methods natural experiment evaluation.
Fitzgerald N; Egan M; de Vocht F; Angus C; Nicholls J; Shortt N; Nichols T; Maani Hessari N; McQuire C; Purves R
BMC medical research methodology
'A true partner around the table?' Perceptions of how to strengthen public health's contributions to the alcohol licensing process.
Reynolds J; McGrath M; Engen J; Pashmi G; Andrews M; Sharpe C; Egan M; Lim J; Lock K
Journal of public health (Oxford, England)
Reframing "participation" and "inclusion" in public health policy and practice to address health inequalities: Evidence from a major resident-led neighbourhood improvement initiative.
Lewis S; Bambra C; Barnes A; Collins M; Egan M; Halliday E; Orton L; Ponsford R; Powell K; Salway S
Health & social care in the community
Local policies to tackle a national problem: Comparative qualitative case studies of an English local authority alcohol availability intervention.
Egan M; Brennan A; Buykx P; De Vocht F; Gavens L; Grace D; Halliday E; Hickman M; Holt V; Mooney JD
Health & place
Proportionate universalism in practice? A quasi-experimental study (GoWell) of a UK neighbourhood renewal programme's impact on health inequalities.
Egan M; Kearns A; Katikireddi SV; Curl A; Lawson K; Tannahill C
Social science & medicine (1982)
Trading quality for relevance: non-health decision-makers' use of evidence on the social determinants of health.
McGill E; Egan M; Petticrew M; Mountford L; Milton S; Whitehead M; Lock K
BMJ open
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