Duncan GillespieDuncan Gillespie profile picture

School of Health and Related Research
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: Ground floor open plan

Tel: +44 (0)114 22 24310
Twitter: @GillespieDuncan

E-mail: duncan.gillespie@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0003-3450-5747


  • 2014 - Research Associate, Health Economics & Decision Science, University of Sheffield, UK.

  • 2013 - 2014 Research Associate, Dept. Public Health & Policy, University of Liverpool, UK.

  • 2011 - 2013 Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. Biology, Stanford University, USA.

  • 2006 - 2010 PhD Evolutionary Demography of Ageing, Dept. Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK.

  • Interim time spent assisting biological research projects, including studying house sparrows on Lundy Island and Red Colobus monkeys on Zanzibar.

  • 2001 - 2004 Bsc (Hons), Biological Sciences (Zoology), University of Edinburgh, UK.

Research interests

I aim to support decision-making to improve population health and reduce inequalities. To do so, I focus on a mix of pure and applied research questions:

I'm interested in how population change results from changes in individuals' lives, and how inequalities in health and socio-economic situation are maintained during the process of population change. The fascinating part of this research is that it requires the combination of sociological theory, qualitative, epidemiological and demographic data, and new mathematical work to understand what mediates the link between individual and population change.

My applied research interests centre around how to enable policymakers to implement more effective and equitable policy. This requires predicting the likely fiscal and wider societal effects of policy, and thinking of new ways to present the outputs in terms of uncertainty-laden choices.

In my current work with the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, I am asking how to coordinate actions to reduce the harm from tobacco and alcohol use in the UK, where patterns of use are changing rapidly.

In the long run, I'm interested in developing this research in a global health context.

Keywords: Demography, ageing, public health modelling, epidemiology, inequality, health economics, population dynamics, R statistics.

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