Dr Nason Maani Hessari


Research Fellow
Mixed Methods Evaluation


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


Research Fellow within the Department of Health Services Research and Policy. I am currently working on the ExILEnS project (twitter: @ExILEnS_project), a 3 year NIHR-funded research project exploring the impact of public health team involvement in local alcohol licensing in England and Scotland. Also leading on mixed methods research regarding the corporate determinants of health, including corporate social responsibility, media discourse and policy influence. 

I am also interested in transparency and accountability in healthcare spending, and am currently serving as a Patient and Public Voice Member of NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG)

I am a member of the Society for Social Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Recent papers: 

‘Exploring the impact of public health teams on alcohol premises licensing in England and Scotland (ExILEnS): protocol for a mixed methods natural experiment evaluation' BMC Medical Research Methodology 2018. Available (£0) at:…

‘Stakeholder framing of advertising legislation: An analysis of media and parliamentary representations of the Loi Evin in the United Kingdom' Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 2018. Available at:

‘The strategies of alcohol industry SAPROs: Inaccurate information, misleading language and the use of confounders to downplay and misrepresent the risk of cancer' Drug Alcohol Rev 2018. Available (£0) at:

‘Nothing can be done until everything is done’: the use of complexity arguments by food, beverage, alcohol and gambling industries Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2017. Available (£0) at:

How alcohol industry organisations mislead the public about alcohol and cancer.  Drug and Alcohol Review 2017. Available (£0) at:

What does the alcohol industry mean by 'responsible drinking'? A comparative analysis. Journal of Public Health 2017. Available at:


Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


I lecture on the corporate determinants of health and am a seminar leader, both within the Issues in Public Health module. I am also a postgraduate tutor on the MSc Public Health programme. 


I'm interested in policy evaluation using mixed methods and novel data sources, in particular with regards to the commercial determinants of health. My current interests include the NIHR funded ExILEnS project, which explores the impact of public health team involvement in local alcohol licensing, in collaboration with the University of Stirling.

I also currently lead qualitative research projects on stakeholder involvement in public discourse and policy making, with a particular focus on harmful product industries. 


Research Area
Health policy
Health services research
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Tobacco control
Evidence use
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Private sector
Qualitative methods
Policy analysis