Dr John Holmes PhD, MA, BA (Hons) (York)

Dr John Holmes

Section of Public Health, ScHARR
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: G033

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 6384
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749

email : john.holmes@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0001-9283-2151


I am currently a Reader in Alcohol Policy in the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group at ScHARR.  My research focuses on the analysis of alcohol policy options and alcohol consumption behaviours using simulation modelling and epidemiological techniques.  Much of my work focuses on the development of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model and its use to appraise the impacts of policies such as minimum unit pricing on different population subgroups.  I have a particular interests in the study of individual and population trends in alcohol consumption and related behaviours or outcomes.  Typological analyses, equity and inequality issues and subgroup-analyses are themes running through my work. 

My degrees were all undertaken within the Social Policy and Social Work department of the University of York and my doctoral thesis examined risks and inequalities in young people's internet use. During my PhD, I worked as a research assistant studying trends in child poverty in the UK and developing countries.

After completing my PhD, I worked for the Institute for Social Change at the University of Manchester for one year before taking up my current post as a research fellow at Sheffield in 2010.

Research Interests

  • Alcohol and public health policy analysis
  • Trends in health-related behaviours
  • Event-level analysis of health-related behaviours
  • Longitudinal and typological modelling
  • Equity of policy interventions
  • Critical perspective on public health policy and policy-making

Teaching Interests

  • Social research methods
  • Quantitative research methods