PHRC projects by date

The PHRC research programme has been developed in consultation with the DH Policy Research Programme and informed by current policy needs. The focus is on major health determinants, and the programme has included projects on smoking, obesity and its associated risk factors, and, as an important wider determinant, the workplace.

The three areas addressed barriers and facilitators to behavioural change in different population groups (such as children and young people) and evaluated the scope for different interventions across different settings (such as communities and schools) and using a range of strategies. It also included cross-cutting projects and projects to support the translation of evidence into policy and practice, and to apply learning from projects on our chosen themes of smoking, obesity and the workplace to other important determinants of health.

Through the National Children's Bureau, a main collaborator in the Consortium, a young person's public health reference group was established to provide input and advice from young people.

For full details and reports of each project, please click on the project title.

PHRC Phase 2 Projects (2011-2019)

Projects related to alcohol
Projects related to smoking

Plain tobacco packaging: A systematic review

  • Principal Investigator: Gerard Hastings, Stirling
  • Duration: May 2011 - February 2012 (project extended to allow additional data to be extracted)

The Development of Tools to Measure Norms Towards Smoking, Nicotine Use, and the Tobacco Industry

  • Principal Investigator: Ann McNeill, King's College London
  • Duration: April 2015 - March 2016
Projects related to diet and obesity

Informing prevention strategies on obesity and sedentary lifestyles

  • Principal Investigator: Christine Power, UCL
  • Duration: July 2012 - June 2016

Exploring the impact of removing less healthy food from checkouts

  • Principal Investigator: Martin White, University of Cambridge
  • Duration: Jan 2017 - Sept 2018
Projects related to living and working conditions

In what circumstances can parental employment improve child health?

  • Principal Investigator: Catherine Law, UCL
  • Duration: June 2011 - August 2013 (27 months)

Is control in the living environment important for health and wellbeing?

  • Principal Investigator: Margaret Whitehead, Liverpool
  • Duration: September 2011 - August 2013 (24 months)

Improving flu vaccination uptake by healthcare workers: a study of implementation and attitudes

  • Principal Investigator: Martine Stead, University of Stirling
  • Principal Investigator: Fay Sullivan, National Centre for Social Research
  • Duration: Oct 2016 - Dec 2017

Mapping the literature on interventions to tackle the disability-employment gaps

Projects related to multiple risk behaviours

Multiple risk behaviours among parents with dependent children

  • Principal Investigator: Hilary Graham, York
  • Duration:September 2011 - March 2015 (43 months)

Multiple risk behaviours and interventions to reduce multiple risk behaviours - what do we know?

  • Principal Investigator: Amanda Sowden, York
  • Duration: September 2011 - August 2014 (36 months)

Systematic reviews of interventions tackling multiple risk behaviours: filling evidence gaps

  • Principal Investigator: Amanda Sowden, University of York
  • Duration: April 2016 - March 2018
Projects related to children and young people
Cross-cutting projects

Health behaviours and health behaviour change among adults in England

  • Principal Investigator: Hilary Graham, University of York
  • Duration: Jan 2016 - September 2017

Patterning across public health attitudes, experience and knowledge in Britain

  • Principal Investigator: Sally McManus, NatCen
  • Duration: July 2016 - Sept 2017

PHRC Phase 1 Projects (2005-2011)

Projects related to smoking

A Review of Young People and Smoking in England

  • Principal Investigator: Amanda Amos, Edinburgh
  • Duration: August 2008 - January 2009 (6 months)

A Systematic Review of the Effects of Price on the Smoking Behaviour of Young People

  • Principal Investigator: Nigel Rice, York
  • Duration: April 2007 - September 2008 (18 months)

An Economic Model of Adult Smoking Related Costs and Consequences for England

  • Principal Investigator: Christine Godfrey, York
  • Duration: August 2007 - July 2010 (36 months)

Estimating the Costs to the NHS of Smoking in Pregnancy for Pregnant Women and Infants

  • Principal Investigator: Christine Godfrey, York
  • Duration: August 2007 - November 2008 (16 months)

Evaluating the Impact of Picture Health Warnings on Cigarette Packets

  • Principal Investigator: Heather Wardle, NatCen
  • Duration: June 2008 - September 2009 (16 months)

Evaluation of Smokefree England: a Longitudinal, Qualitative Study

  • Principal Investigator: Stephen Platt, Edinburgh
  • Duration: April 2007 - March 2009 (24 months)

National Tobacco Control Policies: do they have a Differential Social Impact?

  • Principal Investigator: Gerard Hastings, Stirling
  • Duration: November 2005 - October 2006 (12 months)

Tobacco Control, Inequalities in Health and Action at the Local Level in England

  • Principal Investigator: Amanda Amos, Edinburgh
  • Duration: April 2010 - December 2010 (11 months)
Projects related to diet and obesity

How do young people engage with food branding?

  • Principal Investigator: Martine Stead, Stirling
  • Duration: January 2007 - December 2008 (24 months)

Scoping review on evaluation of Healthy Start

  • Principal Investigator: Mary Renfrew, York
  • Duration: September 2006 - May 2007 (9 months)

The changing social patterning of obesity: an analysis to inform practice and policy development

  • Principal Investigator: Martin White, Cambridge
  • Duration: January 2006 - December 2006 (12 months)

What scope is there for averting the adverse health effects of obesity? Investigating the role of physical activity

  • Principal Investigator: Christine Power, Institute of Child Health, UCL
  • Duration: August 2009 - March 2011 (20 months)
Projects related to living and working conditions

Helping chronically ill or disabled people into work: what can we learn from international comparative analyses?

  • Principal Investigator: Margaret Whitehead, University of Liverpool
  • Commenced: October 2006 - September 2008 (24 months)

Shiftwork and health: a systematic review

  • Principal Investigator: Mark Petticrew, LSHTM
  • Duration: October 2005 - September 2006 (12 months)
Projects related to children and young people

PEAR: Our Voices, Our Health (Young People's Public Health Reference Group)

  • PHRC Lead: Catherine Shaw, NCB
  • Duration: November 2005 - November 2010 (61 months)
Cross-cutting projects

Assessing the challenges of applying standard methods of economic evaluation to public health programmes

  • Principal Investigator: Mike Drummond, York
  • Duration: October 2005 - June 2006 (9 months)

Tackling inequalities through the social determinants of health: Building the evidence base

  • Principal Investigator: Mark Petticrew, LSHTM
  • Duration: October 2006 - August 2007 (11 months)