Richard Cooper PhD, MA, LLB, BSc, PGCertHE, MRPharmS

Section of Public HealthRC

ScHARR
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Room 2037, 2nd Floor, Regent Court

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0683
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749

email : : richard.cooper@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0001-5110-0384


Biography

I studied Pharmacy as a first degree and undertook various community pharmacist roles before studying Law, then Health Care Ethics at the University of Leeds; my PhD was undertaken at the University of Nottingham.

I have been at the University of Sheffield since 2007 and am a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. 

Research interests

  • Empirical and normative ethics in the healthcare professions
  • Medicine supply (prescribed and over the counter) and misuse/abuse (over the counter, illicit)
  • Medical sociology

Teaching Interests

I contribute to a variety of teaching and assessment on Master of Public Health degree modules, as well as the MBChB Medical Degree; I am the co-ordinator of the Qualitative Research Design and Analysis module (HAR6531); I run masterclasses in public health ethics, addiction to prescription/OTC medicine and teach and assess ethics on the MBChB.

Professional Activities

  • Registered pharmacist
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate editor Journal of Substance Use
  • Member of the Society for the Study of Addiction
  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Regular peer reviewer for a variety of journals and funding bodies

Recent projects

Opioid Analgesic Dependence Study 2016-17 Principal Investigator £199,000

Exploring the Misuse and Abuse of Over the Counter (OTC) Medicines in the UK. Principal Investigator. £45,000 Jul 08-Dec 10
Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse: a pilot study. £4970 Aug 11-Jul 12

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising research students and particularly in any of my research interests listed above. I currently supervise seven PhD students (GP decision-making on insulin initiation, adverse drug reaction reporting in Ghana, indigenous population use of traditional medicine sin Ecuador,  policy influences on prescribing and dispensing patterns, influences of head teachers and governors on school obesity activities, historical development of understanding of alcohol and the liver in the 20th century, and dietary patterns amongst university students).