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Geoff Bates


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Research interests

Dr Geoff Bates is a Research Associate at the Institute for Policy Research, primarily working on the TRU3D project. 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 completed his PhD in 2019, which looked at how public health policymakers and practitioners can respond to anabolic steroid use in the UK. He used qualitative methods to identify priorities to address in this area and applied socioecological and complex systems perspectives to explore ways to respond to these needs. He has particular interests in understanding health and social behaviours and behaviour change, and the development of interventions, policy and guidance. His research projects have most frequently focussed on substance use and addiction, mental health and wellbeing, the environment and sustainability, and physical activity.

Teaching interests

Geoff has experience delivering undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervising student projects. In particular he has supported delivery of research methods modules with a focus on qualitative methods, evidence synthesis 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sep 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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