Professor Martin White
Professor Martin White is the Programme Lead for Food behaviours and public health interventions, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge. Martin was the professor of Public Health at the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University and lead their Public Health Research Programme. As Professor of Public Health, co-director of the public health and applied health interventions research programme and honorary consultant in public health with the North East Strategic Health Authority, he shares responsibility for stategic development and management of academic public health within Newcastle University and North East England.
Martin trained in medicine at Birmingham University and, after working in child health for 3 years, moved to north east England to train in public health. He joined Newcastle University as a lecturer in 1990 became senior lecturer in public health in 1992. He was Director of the Health Promotion Research Group from 1996 and became Director of the Public Health Research Group in 2004. He was appointed to the Chair in Public Health in May 2005 and formed the Public Health Research Programme within the newly founded Institute of Health & Society (IHS) at Newcastle University in August 2006. In 2008 he was awarded funding for and became director of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. In May 2011, the Public Health Research Programme was expanded to form the Public Health and Applied Health Interventions Research Programme within IHS.
Martin's research focuses on the development and evaluation of public health interventions and understanding and tackling inequalities in health.He has an interest in developing research on the influence of the food industry, the impact of social and policy interventions on diet, and the population impact of individual level interventions.
Involvement in the Public Health Research Consortium
- Member of the PHRC Project Management Group, 2011-
- Principal Investigator: Research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK: Phase 1
- Principal Investigator: Research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK: pilot RCT with process and economic evaluation components: Phase 2
- Principal Investigator: Exploring the impact of removing less healthy food from retail checkouts
- Co-Investigator: Multiple risk behaviours and interventions to reduce multiple risk behaviours – what do we know?
- Co-Investigator: Is control in the living environment important for health and wellbeing?
- Co-Investigator: Systematic reviews of interventions tackling multiple risk behaviours: filling evidence gaps
- Member of the PHRC Project Management Group, 2005-2011
- Principal Investigator: The changing social patterning of obesity: an analysis to inform practice and policy development