Academic research papers


Mooney JD, Holmes J, Gavens L, de Vocht F, Hickman M, Lock K, Brennan A (2017) ‘Investigating local policy drivers for alcohol harm prevention: a comparative case study of two local authorities in England’, BMC Public Health, 17 (825)

Gavens L, Holmes J, Buykx P, de Vocht F, Egan M, et al.  (2017)  Processes of local alcohol policy-making in England: Does the theory of policy transfer provide useful insights into public health decision-making?

Beard E, Brown J, West R, Angus C, Kaner E, Michie S. (2017) Healthier central England or North–South divide? Analysis of national survey data on smoking and high-risk drinking.

Angus C, Holmes J, Maheswaran R, Green M, Meier P, Brennan A. (2017)    Mapping Patterns and Trends in the Spatial Availability of Alcohol Using Low-Level Geographic Data: A Case Study in England 2003–2013.  Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health.  doi:10.3390/ijerph14040406

De Vocht F, Heron J, Campbell R, Egan M, Mooney J D, Angus C, Brennan A, Hickman M.  (2016)  Testing the impact of local alcohol licencing policies on reported crime rates in England. Epidemiology & Community Health.

Egan M, Brennan A, Buykx P, Gavens L, et al. (2016) Local policies to tackle a national problem: Comparative qualitative case studies of an English local authority alcohol availability intervention. Health Place.  doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.06.007

De Vocht F, Brown J, Beard E, Angus C, Brennan A et al.  (2016) Temporal patterns of alcohol consumption and attempts to reduce alcohol intake in England.   DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3542-7

Jamie Brown, Robert West, Colin Angus, Emma Beard, Alan Brennan, Colin Drummond, Matthew Hickman, John Holmes, Eileen Kaner, and Susan Michie. (2016) Comparison of brief interventions in primary care on smoking and excessive alcohol consumption in England: a population survey. British Journal of General Practice.

de Vocht, F., Heron, J., Angus, C., Brennan, A., Mooney, A., Lock, K., Campbell, R. and Hickman, M. (2015)  ‘Measurable effects of local licensing policies on population health in England’, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
DOI: 10.1136/JECH-2015-206040

Holmes, J., Angus. C. and Meier, P.S. (2015) ‘UK alcohol industry’s “billion units pledge”: interim evaluation flawed’, British Medical Journal.

Beard, E., Brown, J., West, R., Acton, C., Brennan, A., Drummond, C., Hickman, M., Holmes, J., Kaner, E., Lock, K., Walmsley, M. and Michie, S. (2015) ‘Protocol for a national monthly survey of alcohol use in England with 6-month follow-up: ‘The Alcohol Toolkit Study”, BMC Public Health, 15 (230).

Brennan, A., Meng, Y., Holmes, J., Hill-McManus, D. and Meier, P. (2014) ‘Potential benefits of minimum unit pricing for alcohol versus a ban on below cost selling in England 2014: modelling study’, BMJ.

Holmes, J., Meier, PS., Booth, A. and Brennan, A. (2014) ‘Reporting the characteristics of the policy context for population-level alcohol interventions: A proposed ‘Transparent Reporting of Alcohol Intervention ContExts’ (TRAICE) checklist. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33 (6), pp.596-603.

Holmes, J., Guo, Y., Maheswaran, R., Nicholls, J., Meier, PS. and Brennan, A. (2014) ‘The impact of spatial and temporal availability of alcohol on its consumption and related harms: A critical review in the context of UK licensing policies’, Drug and Alcohol Review, 33 (5), pp.515-25.

Angus, C., Latimer, N., Preston, L., Li, J. and Purshouse, R. (2014) ‘What are the implications for policy makers? A systematic review of the cost-effectiveness of screening and brief interventions for alcohol misuse in primary care’, Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5 (114), pp.1-10.

Struzzo, P., Angus, C., Scafato, E., Ghirini, S., Torbica, A., Ferre, F., Scafuri, F., Purshouse, R. and Brennan, A. (2014) ‘Lo screening e l’intervento breve in medicina generale: un modello di analisi economica sui bevitori a rischio’, Politiche sanitarie, 15 (2), pp.77-83.

Ally, A., Meng, Y., Chakraborty, R., Dobson, PW, Seaton, JS., Holmes, J., Angus, C., Guo, Y., Hill-McManus, D., Brennan, A. and Meier, PS. (2014) ‘Alcohol tax pass-through across the product and price range: do retailers treat cheap alcohol differently?’, Addiction, 109 (12), pp.1994-2002.

Angus, C., Scafato, E., Ghirini, S., Torbica, A., Ferre, F., Struzzo, P., Purshouse, R. and Brennan, A. (2014) ‘Cost-effectiveness of a programme of screening and brief interventions for alcohol in primary care in Italy’, BMC Family Practice, 15, e26.

Holmes, J., Meng, Y., Meier, PS., Brennan, A., Angus, C., Campbell-Burton, A., Guo, Y., Hill-McManus, D., and Purshouse, RC. (2014) ‘Effects of minimum unit pricing for alcohol on different income and socioeconomic groups: a modelling study’, The Lancet, 383 (9929), 1655-64.

Meng, Y., Brennan, A., Purshouse, R., Hill-McManus, D., Angus, C., Holmes, J. and Meier, PS. (2014) ‘Estimation of own and cross price elasticities of alcohol demand in the UK: A pseudo-panel approach using the Living Costs and Food Survey 2001-2009’, Journal of Health Economics, 34, pp.96-103.

Meng, Y., Holmes, J., Hill-McManus, D., Brennan, A. and Meier, PS. (2014) ‘Trend analysis and modelling of gender-specific age, period and birth cohort effects on alcohol abstention and consumption level for drinkers in Great Britain using the General Lifestyle Survey 1984-2009’ Addiction, 109 (2), pp.206-15.

Changing Behaviour

Scott A, Chambers D, Goyder E, O’Cathain A. (2017) Socioeconomic inequalities in mortality, morbidity and diabetes management for adults with type 1 diabetes: a systematic review.  PLOS 2017.

Breeze P, Thomas C, Squires H, Brennan A, Greaves C, Diggle P.J, Brunner E, Tabak A, Preston L, Chilcott J.  (2017)  The cost-effectiveness and equity impact of population based, community, workplace, and individual policies for weight management and diabetes prevention in the United Kingdom. Diabetic Medicine.   DOI: 10.1111/dme.13349

Breeze P, Thomas C, Squires H, Chilcott J, Greaves C, Diggle P.J. Brunner E, Tabak A, Preston L, Brennan A.   (2017) The impact of type 2 diabetes prevention programmes based on risk-identification and lifestyle intervention intensity strategies: a cost-effectiveness analysis.  Diabetic Medicine.   DOI: 10.1111/dme.13314

Changing Environment

Watson P, Preston L, Squires H, Chilcott J, Brennan A.   (2014)  Modelling the Economics of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Prevention: A Literature Review of Methods. Appl Health Econ. Health Policy 2014 Mar 5.

Mooney JD, Brenan A, Hickman M, Lock K, Holmes J, Meier P.  (2013)  Development of a comparative cost-effectiveness appraisal instrument for local alcohol policies: a modelling study. [Abstract] The Lancet  2013, 382, Supplement 3(0):S75.


Breeze, P. Thomas, C. Squires, H. Chilcott, J. Greaves, C. Diggle, P.J. Brunner, E. Tabak, A. Preston, L. Brennan, A.  (2015)  The impact of risk-identification strategy and intervention intensity on incremental net benefit for type 2 diabetes prevention programmes: a cost-effectiveness analysis. The impact of type 2 diabetes prevention programmes based on risk-identification and lifestyle intervention intensity strategies: a cost-effectiveness analysis.  Diabetic Medicine.

Breeze, P. Squires, H. Chilcott, J. Stride, C, Diggle, P.J. Brunner, E. Tabak, A. Brennan A.   (2015)   A statistical model to describe longitudinal and correlated metabolic risk factors to evaluate policies to prevent type 2 diabetes: the Whitehall II Prospective Study.  Journal of Public Health.

Watson, P. Preston, L. Squires, H. Chilcott J, Brennan A.  (2014)  Modelling the economics of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus prevention: A literature review of  methods.  Journal of Applied Health Economics and Health Policy.     doi: 10.1007/s40258-014-0091-z


Jordan HHidajat MPayne N, et al  (2017)  What are older smokers’ attitudes to quitting and how are they managed in primary care? An analysis of the cross-sectional English Smoking Toolkit Study.   


Bowman, K, Delgado, J,  Henley, WE,  Masoli, JA, Kos, K,  Brayne, C,  Thokala, P, et al. (2016)  Obesity in Older People With and Without Conditions Associated With Weight Loss: Follow-up of 955,000 Primary Care Patients.  J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci.   doi: 10.1093/gerona/glw147

Tong, T, Thokala, P, McMillan, B,  Ghosh R, Brazier, J. (2016)  Cost effectiveness of using cognitive screening tests for detecting dementia and mild cognitive impairment in primary care.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Orton, L, Halliday, EC, Collins, JM, Egan, M, Lewis, S, Ponsford, R, Powell, K, Salway, S, Townsend, A, Whitehead, M & Popay, JM.  2016. ‘Putting context centre stage: evidence from a systems evaluation of an area based empowerment initiative in England‘ Critical Public Health. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2016.1250868

Salway, S,  Chowbey, P,  Such, E,  and Ferguson, B.  (2015). Researching health inequalities with Community Researchers: practical, methodological and ethical challenges of an ‘inclusive’ research approach.  Research Involvement and Engagement. 1:9. DOI: 10.1186/s40900-015-0009-4.

Milton, A, Buckner,  S, Salway, S, Powell, K, Moffat, S, Green, J.  (2015) Understanding welfare conditionality in the context of a generational habitus: A qualitative study of older citizens in England.  Journal of Ageing Studies.

Powell K, Thurston M & Bloyce D. Local status and power in area-based health improvement partnerships. (2014)  Health, 18(3) 1-18

Salway, S, Piercy, H, Preston, L.  (2013)  How can realist synthesis methods contribute to building the evidence base for action on ethnic health inequalities? A narrative assessment. [Absract Only] The Lancet, Volume 382, Page S87, 29 November 2013.  doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62512-X

Salway, S, Ali, P, Ahmed, S. (2014)  Towards enhanced community genetic literacy among a minority ethnic community: a participatory action research project [Abstract only] The Lancet, Volume 384, S7, 19 November 2014.

Priority Setting

Hunter, DJ, Marks, L, Brown, J Scalabrini, S, Salway, S, Vale, L, Gray, J & Payne, N (2016). The potential value of priority-setting methods in public health investment decisions: qualitative findings from three English local authoritiesCritical Public Health 26(5): 578-587. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2016.1164299

Marks L, Hunter DJ, Scalabrini S, Gray J, McCafferty S, Payne N, Peckham S, Salway S, Thokola P.  (2015)  The return of public health to local government in England: changing the parameters of the public health prioritization debate?  Public Health. Volume 129, Issue 9, September 2015, Pages 1194–1203.