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 non-communicable 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

European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Atlas of Cardiology

Townsend, N.

1/12/16 → …

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2009 2019

Association between socioeconomic status and prevalence of non-communicable diseases risk factors and comorbidities in Bangladesh: Findings from a nationwide cross-sectional survey

Biswas, T., Townsend, N., Islam, M. S., Islam, M. R., Das Gupta, R., Das, S. K. & Mamun, A. A., 13 Mar 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 3, e025538.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Current Progress and Future Directions in the Double Burden of Malnutrition among Women in South and Southeast Asian Countries

Biswas, T., Townsend, N., Magalhaes, R. J. S., Islam, M. S., Hasan, M. M. & Mamun, A., 31 Jul 2019, In : Current developments in nutrition. 3, 7, nzz026.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Diet quality of adolescents in rural Sri Lanka based on the Diet Quality Index-International: findings from the 'Integrating Nutrition Promotion and Rural Development' project

Williams, J., Townsend, N., Rayner, M., Jayawardena, R., Katulanda, P., Manoharan, S. & Wickramasinghe, K., 1 Jul 2019, In : Public Health Nutrition. 22, 10, p. 1735-1744 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Do β-adrenoreceptor blocking drugs associate with reduced risk of symptomatic osteoarthritis and total joint replacement in the general population? A primary care-based, prospective cohort study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink

Nakafero, G., Grainge, M., Valdes, A., Townsend, N., Mallen, C., Zhang, W., Doherty, M., Mamas, M. A. & Abhishek, A., 1 Aug 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 8, p. e032050 e032050.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access