Professor Petra Meier

PhD (Manchester), MSc (Hertfordshire), Vordiplom (Heidelberg)

School of Health and Related Research

Professor of Public Health

Petra Meier
p.meier@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0735

Full contact details

Professor Petra Meier
School of Health and Related Research
Room G033c, Ground Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

Current appointment

  • Professor of Public Health, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield from 2010

Academic and research leadership

  • I lead the new UKPRP-funded SIPHER Consortium (2019-2024, £5m with additional £1.7m funding from 18 partner organisations). SIPHER is a new centre for Systems Science in Public Health & Health Economic Research. Working closely with policy and practice partners, our research will aim to create the evidence base to underpin health in all policies efforts by local, regional and national governments. Our initial focus areas will be inclusive economic growth, adverse childhood experiences, mental wellbeing and housing.
  • Director of the multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health Economics and Decision Science (20 PhD scholarships for four intakes 2016-2019, and 35 PhD scholarships for five intakes 2020-2025), which blends public health, data science, mathematical modelling and social science training.
  • Founder and Director of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group , an internationally leading centre for alcohol policy, epidemiological and economic research. SARG is one of the UK’s largest alcohol research groups with currently 31 researchers from disciplines including psychology, sociology, engineering, maths, geography and economics.
Qualifications
  • PhD Epidemiology and Health Sciences 2005, University of Manchester
  • MSc by Research in Psychology, 1999, University of Hertfordshire
  • Vordiplom Psychology 1996, University of Heidelberg, Germany 
Research interests
  • Social determinants of health
  • Cross-government policy efforts that maximise health and wellbeing
  • Alcohol policies and their effectiveness
  • Health inequalities, and their link to political, economic, environmental and behavioural factors
Publications

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Journal articles

All publications

Edited books

  • Gell L, Buehringer G, McLeod J, Forberger S, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A & Meier P (Eds.) (2016) What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours?. Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Gell L, McLeod J, Holmes J, Allamani A, Baumberg B, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Frank V , Lingford-Hughes A et al (2016) Determinants of harmful substance use and harmful gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 77-112). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • McLeod J, Gell L, Holmes J, Allamani A, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Forberger S, Frank V, Lingford-Hughes A, Meier P , Neumann M et al (2016) Determinants of risky substance use and risky gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 35-76). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, Holmes J, Bühringer G, Allamani A, Bjerge B, Forberger S, Frank V, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J, Meier P , Neumann M et al (2016) Methods, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 19-34). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, Bühringer G, Room R, Allamani A, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J, Meier P & Stead M (2016) Discussion and integration of key findings, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 157-186). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • McLeod J, Gell L, Holmes J, Allamani A, Baumberg B, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Frank V , Lingford-Hughes A et al (2016) Determinants of transitions from harmful to low-risk substance use and gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 113-156). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bühringer G, Forberger S, Gell L, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J & Meier P (2016) Implications for research, policy, and practice, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 187-196). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hagell A, Aldridge J, Meier P, Millar T, Symonds J & Donmall M (2012) Trends in adolescent substance use and their implications for understanding trends in mental health, Changing adolescence: Social trends and mental health (pp. 117-150). RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Reports

  • Brennan A, Buykx P, Pryce RE, Jones A, Hill-McManus D, Stone T, Ally A, Gillespie D, Meier P, Alston R , Cairns D et al (2016) An Evidence-Based Model for Estimating Requirements for Specialist Alcohol Treatment Capacity in England The Specialist Treatment for Alcohol Model (STreAM) Version 1.0 View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pryce RE, Angus C, Holmes J, Meier P & Brennan A (2016) Model-based appraisal of the comparative impact of Minimum Unit Pricing and taxation policies in Scotland. An adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 3, RIS download Bibtex download
  • Holmes J, Angus C, Buykx P, Ally A, Stone A, Meier P & Brennan A (2016) Mortality and morbidity risks from alcohol consumption in the UK: Analyses using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v.2.7) to inform the UK Chief Medical Officers’ review of the UK lower risk drinking guidelines RIS download Bibtex download
  • Holmes J, Lovatt MJ, Ally A, Brennan A & Meier P (2015) A new approach to measuring drinking cultures in Britain RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Sadler S, Angus C, Gell L, Gillespie D, Holmes J, Brennan A & Meier P Comparing socioeconomic gradients in alcohol-related harm between the four UK countries (PHE Applied Epidemiology Scientific Meeting 18-19 March 2015). RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

PhD/MPhil Students

  • Sabrina Shulte: Evaluation of treatment pathways for patients with co-morbid substance misuse and mental health problems (completed 2008)
  • Fivos Papamalis: An integrative approach to drug treatment evaluation: Client level factors as indicators of treatment engagement (completed 2018)
  • Serena Vicario: Women’s drinking patterns: changes associated with life transitions (completed 2019)
  • Marie Malange: Barriers to Condom Use in Cameroon (completed 2010)
  • Lucy Gell: Alcohol consumption among older adults. Completed 2013
  • Abigail Stevely
  • Suzanne Roscoe
  • Virginia Wright
  • Naomi Gibbs
  • Prospective PhD applicants interested in drugs or alcohol research are welcome to get in touch via email.
Grants

As principal investigator

UKPRP SIPHER Consortium: Systems-science Informed Public Health Economic Research
  • UK Prevention Research Partnership, through MRC. Principal Investigator 2019-2024
  • £5.0million from UKPRP + £1.2million from partner organisations     
Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science
  • Wellcome Trust. Lead applicant: 2016-2022
  • £1,404,000 for 20 doctoral scholarships
Understanding stability and change in British drinking using 16 years of market research data
  • ESRC. Principal Investigator 2018-2021
  • £ 649,239

As co-investigator

The University of Sheffield Skills Development Fellowship Programme in Population Health Systems Science and Decision Modelling
  • MRC. Co-Investigator 2018-2022 (PI Brazier)
  • £1.1 million
Why is youth alcohol consumption falling? A mixed-methods investigation of changing drinking cultures across recent generations
  • Wellcome Trust. Co-Investigator 2018-2022 (PI Holmes)
  •  £593,555
Integrated evidence synthesis for joint appraisal of tobacco and alcohol tax interventions for harm reduction in the UK (SYNTAX)
  • NIHR Public Health Research Board. Co-Investigator: 2018-2020 (PI Brennan)
  • £727,000
NIHR School of Public Health Research – Renewal 
  • NIHR Centre Grants. Co-Investigator: 2017-2022 (PI Goyder)
  • £20,000,000 (shared between 8 centres of excellence)
Calibrated Agent Simulations for Combined Analysis of Drinking Etiologies (CASCADE)
  • US NIH NIAAA R01. Co-Investigator: 2017-2022 (PI Purshouse)
  • £1.370,000
Evaluating the impact of minimum unit pricing in Scotland on harmful drinkers
  • NHS Health Scotland. Co-Investigator: 2017-2019 (PI Holmes)
  • £600,000
Appraising the effect of implementing local minimum unit pricing under the Sustainable Communities Act on alcohol consumption in the North West
  • NIHR Public Health Research Board. Co-investigator: 2017-2019 (PI Brennan)
  • £287,114
The effectiveness of promotional campaigns associated with revised UK drinking guidelines: A prospective evaluation
  •  NIHR Public Health Research Board. Co-investigator: 2016-2019 (PI Holmes)
  • £590,000
Professional activities
  • NIHR Public Health Research Funding Board (from 1/2018)
  • President Elect of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Alcohol Research 2019- (Chair of the Ole-Jorgen Skog Award Committee 2014-6, co-ordinating committee 2012-2016)
  • Honorary professorship, Public Health England
  • Honorary professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling
  • Member of Public Health England’s Alcohol Leadership Board (2015 onwards)
  • Member of the Lancet IV Standing Commission on Liver Disease (2017-8)
  • Senior Editor: Addiction (top journal in field, IF=6.1)
  • Member of the Chief Medical Officer for England’s Drinking Guidelines Review Group (2013-14)
  • Expert witness to Health Select Committees in England and Scotland, House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union, Health Select Committee for Western Australia
  • Invited briefings to the English and Scottish Chief Medical Officers, Prime Minister’s Special Advisors and Scottish Ministerial Advisory Committee
  • Invited alcohol expert at the 2016 Almedalen Policy Week in Visby, Sweden