Dr Nason Maani Hessari


Honorary Research Fellow
Mixed Methods Evaluation


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


I work in 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 the European Public Health Association, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Recent papers: 

Alcohol industry CSR organisations: What can their Twitter activity tell us about their independence and their priorities? A comparative analysis. N Maani Hessari, M van Schalkwyk, S Thomas, M Petticrew. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019;16(5):892

Public Meets Private: Conversations Between Coca-Cola and the CDC. N Maani Hessari, G Ruskin, M McKee, D Stuckler. Milbank Quarterly 2019;97:74-90

‘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:




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

Selected Publications

Recruiting the "Heavy-Using Loyalists of Tomorrow": An Analysis of the Aims, Effects and Mechanisms of Alcohol Advertising, Based on Advertising Industry Evaluations.
Maani Hessari N; Bertscher A; Critchlow N; Fitzgerald N; Knai C; Stead M; Petticrew M
International journal of environmental research and public health
Alcohol Industry CSR Organisations: What Can Their Twitter Activity Tell Us about Their Independence and Their Priorities? A Comparative Analysis.
Maani Hessari N; van Schalkwyk MC; Thomas S; Petticrew M
International journal of environmental research and public health
Stakeholder Framing of Advertising Legislation: An Analysis of Media and Parliamentary Representations of the Loi Évin in the United Kingdom.
Hessari NM; Knai C; Gallopel-Morvan K; Petticrew M; Landreat MG
Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs
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
How alcohol industry organisations mislead the public about alcohol and cancer.
Petticrew M; Maani Hessari N; Knai C; Weiderpass E
Drug and alcohol review
'Nothing can be done until everything is done': the use of complexity arguments by food, beverage, alcohol and gambling industries
Petticrew M; Katikireddi SV; Knai C; Cassidy R; Hessari NM; Thomas J; Weishaar H
Journal of epidemiology and community health
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