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

Section of Public HealthRC

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

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0768
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ORCiD: 0000-0001-5110-0384


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 and involved an empirical study of ethics in healthcare.

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

Research interests

My research interests span a number of methodologies (but particularly qualitative and mixed methods) and themes including:

  • Misuse, abuse and addiction to medicines
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medicine supply and prescribing
  • Medical sociology
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical ethics

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 deputy director of the Europubhealth programme,  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 Royal Society of Public Health
  • 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 2016-19 Principal Investigator

Exploring the Misuse and Abuse of Over the Counter (OTC) Medicines in the UK. Principal Investigator.  Jul 08-Dec 10
Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse: a pilot study. 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 students in the following areas: GP Decision-making on Insulin Initiation, Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting in Ghana, Indigenous Population Use of Traditional medicines in Ecuador, Exploring the Impact of Dealing with Terrorist Incidents for Emergency Services and Hospital Staff, Medicines Optimisation of DOACs: Healthcare Practitioners and Older Patient Perceptions