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

Feasibility study: Using linked hospital admission and mortality data for assessing variation by ethnicity in national rates of cardiovascular disease

Wright, L., Bhatnagar, P., Goldacre, R. & Townsend, N.


Project: Research-related fundingIndividual grant

Research Output 2009 2018

2 Citations

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

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
34 Citations

European Society of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 2017

Atlas Writing Group, 14 Feb 2018, In : European Heart Journal. 39, 7, p. 508-579 72 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cardiovascular Diseases
Cause of Death

Evaluation of research on interventions aligned to WHO 'Best Buys' for NCDs in low-income and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review from 1990 to 2015

Allen, L. N., Pullar, J., Wickramasinghe, K. K., Williams, J., Roberts, N., Mikkelsen, B., Varghese, C. & Townsend, N., Jan 2018, In : Global Public Health. 3, 1, p. e000535

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mass Media
United Nations
Tobacco Use

Facilitating and limiting factors of workplace health promotion at Rhodes University, South Africa

Chigumete, T. G., Townsend, N. & Srinivas, S. C., 30 Apr 2018, In : Work. 59, 4, p. 599-606 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

South Africa
Health Promotion
Focus Groups