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Dr Geoff Bates is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, and Lecturer and Deputy Director of Studies on the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research & Practice.

He was previously based at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University. Geoff’s research interests are in public health and health policy. In particular, he is interested in how to tackle the wider determinants of health and health inequalities through policy and individual-level interventions, and understanding health and social behaviours as the outcomes of complex systems. He is interested in the development of interventions, policies and guidance, knowledge transfer and the use of evidence to inform decision-making across systems.

Geoff currently works on the ‘Tackling Root causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development’ (TRUUD) project, a five year, large-scale transdisciplinary project looking at changing urban development systems in the UK to help reduce non-communicable diseases and health inequalities. He also works on research relating to drug use and drug policies, with a particular focus on substances that are used to modify physical appearance or performance. His research projects have focussed on a range of health and social policy topics including: substance use and addiction, homelessness, climate change and sustainability, physical activity and employment. 

Teaching interests

Geoff has experience delivering undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervising student projects and PhD students. His teaching covers health policy and public health topics including theories of health policymaking and structural determinants of health outcomes. He enjoys teaching research methods, most commonly qualitative methods, evidence synthesis, participatory methods and study skills. He is interested in systematic review methods and has developed and delivered modules and training courses to students and researchers in this area.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, Supporting men who use anabolic steroids: A sequential multi-methods study, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sept 201630 May 2019

Award Date: 11 Jul 2019

Health Psychology, Master in Science, Aston University

9 Jan 200730 Jul 2008

Award Date: 1 Aug 2008

External positions

Visiting lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

3 Jun 2019 → …


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