Nick Townsend

BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE, PGDip, PhD, FHEA, Dr

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Research interests

Nick joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in 2018 as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Public Health Epidemiology. His research focuses on the development and implementation of evidence based policy, with a particular focus on population level approaches to prevent noncommuniable diseases (NCDs). This research covers the key areas of policy development and implementation, including the identification of health needs and appropriate policies or interventions, adaptation of policies or interventions to local contexts, implementation of policies or interventions and their scale-up and long-term sustainability. He is particularly interested in the wider/social determinants of health and multi-sectoral approaches to health promotion. Nick’s research has a global focus, with a particular interest in health in low and middle-income countries. He has worked with a number of intergovernmental organisations, national and international NGOs, academic institutions and policy makers including the WHO, the World Bank and the European Society of Cardiology.


  • Public health
  • Non Communicable Diseases
  • Implementation
  • Global
  • Policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Multisectoral

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Projects 2012 2020

Nutrition through Modernizing Agriculture in Sri Lanka (INMAS)

Wickramasinghe, K., Townsend, N., Abeykoon, Rajapaksa-Hewageegana, Alagiyawana, Katulanda, P., Kongalaliyanage, Kongalaliyanage, Surenthirakumaran, Arulanandem & Friel, S.


Project: Research-related funding

Beta adreno-receptor Blocking Drugs, symptomatic osteoarthritis and total joint replacement

Townsend, N.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Atlas of Cardiology

Townsend, N.

1/12/16 → …

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2009 2019

Iron deficiency in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Beale, A. L., Warren, J. L., Roberts, N., Meyer, P., Townsend, N. P. & Kaye, D., 1 Apr 2019, In : Open Heart. 6, 1, e001012.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Clinical News

Garstang, J. & Townsend, N., 2 Sep 2018, In : British journal of hospital medicine (London, England : 2005). 79, 9, p. 490-493 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Epidemiology of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Townsend, N., 2018, The Encyclopedia of Cardiovascular Research and Medicine. Vasan, R. & Sawyer, D. (eds.). 2018 ed. Elsevier, p. 248-257 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

6 Citations (Scopus)

Epidemiology report: trends in sex-specific cerebrovascular disease mortality in Europe based on WHO mortality data

Shah, R., Wilkins, E., Nichols, M., Kelly, P., El-Sadi, F., Wright, F. L. & Townsend, N., 14 Aug 2018, In : European Heart Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage