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Research interests

Jenny is a political scientist with interests in public health and environmental governance. Her research focuses on the multiple ways in which private interests seeks to influence public policy. Having worked for ten years researching fisheries governance, where collaborative, participatory governance is becoming entrenched, Jenny now works in public health research, where there is more regulated separation between government and commercial interests.

Jenny’s work addresses key policy issues around evidential transparency and political access of corporate actors to health decision-making and regulation. Recent research has investigated attempts by the tobacco industry to influence UK Government policy on standardised, or "plain", packaging of tobacco products. This research had two main themes: use and misuse of evidence-based policy frameworks and tobacco company subsidies for third party opposition to tobacco regulation. Jenny is now exploring networks of influence on fiscal public health policy for tobacco, alcohol and sugar, and is collaborating with colleagues at the University of Sheffield investigating how tobacco and alcohol tax policy might be aligned in the future.

Jenny retains an interest in marine environmental issues and intends to combine public health and environmental research in the future through comparative analysis of different governance models. The expression of power by private interests in the public sphere is an overarching theme in her research.



Willing to supervise doctoral students

  • Commercial determinants of public health
  • Politics of public health
  • Tobacco, alcohol, obesity policy

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, Doctor of Social Science, Newcastle University

Award Date: 30 Mar 2009

Political Development, Master of Arts, University of Manchester

15 Sep 200030 Sep 2001

Award Date: 30 Sep 2001

Politics and Modern History, Bachelor of Arts, University of Manchester

20 Sep 199730 Jun 2000

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

External positions

Early Career Lead Policy and Ethics Workstream, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies

1 Apr 2013 → …

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
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    35 Downloads (Pure)

    Using Framework Analysis Deductively: A case study from alcohol and tobacco tax policy and modelling research

    Hatchard, J., Gillespie, D. & Buykx, P., 31 Jan 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper