Dr Ben Hawkins


Associate Professor

Room 322

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)207 927 2411

My background is in international politics, policy analysis and qualitative social science research methodologies. In particular, my past work focused on the relationship between Britian and the EU. My PhD examined the issue of British euroscepticism through an analysis of the debates surrounding the European Constitution and the Treaty of Lisbon.

Prior to my PhD I worked in sales and marketing for Diageo, a leading alcoholic drinks retailer.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


I am Module Organiser for GHM 102 (The politics of Global Health Policy) on the distance learning MSc in Global Health Policy. I am also a contributor to three sessions on the programme's core modules. My sessions focus on the role of corporate actors, the state and international financial institutions (World Bank, IMF and WTO) as actors in global health policy.

In addition, I lecture on corporate actors and tobacco regulation on the in-house module Globalisation and Health and the DrPH core module on Evidence Based Public Health Policy. I also teach discourse theory and discursive approaches to policy analysis on the module Sociological Approaches to Health.

I welcome applications from current MSc students to supervise summer projects on alcohol and tobacco policy or other policy issues related to my research interests, including the use of evidence in policy making. Similarly, I offer PhD supervision in these areas and am happy to discuss potential research projects and supervision arrangements with potential applicants to the school.


My research focuses on the influence of corporate actors (mainly in the  alcohol and tobacco industries) over health policy at the national, regional and global levels. Between 2010-2012 I completed an Alcohol Research UK funded project on the role of corporate actors in the development and implementation of policies to tackle alcohol related harm.

Subsequently, I work on two collaborative research projects based at the School. The first, funded by the NIH, focused on international trade agreements and their impact on global tobacco control policies. The second wass an ERC funded project on the use of scientific evidence to inform health policy.

My current work focuses on the consequences of the changing trade and investment environment for corporate political power and health policy making. In addition, I am undertakign a study of UK alcohol policy and corporate lobbying under the 2010-2015 coalition goverrnment.

Research Area
Health policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Tobacco control
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Policy analysis
Political science
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
United Kingdom
European Union

Selected Publications

Reassessing policy paradigms: A comparison of the global tobacco and alcohol industries.
Hawkins, B. ; Holden, C. ; Eckhardt, J. ; Lee, K. ;
Glob Public Health
Health policy, corporate influence and multi-level governance: the case of alcohol policy in the European Union
Holden, C.; Hawkins, B.
Case Studies on Corporations and Global Health Governance: Impacts, Influence and Accountability
Cleavages and co-operation in the UK alcohol industry: A qualitative study.
Holden, C. ; Hawkins, B. ; McCambridge, J. ;
BMC Public Health
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