Dr Duncan Gillespie


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Senior Research Fellow

Duncan Gillespie
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Dr Duncan Gillespie
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I aim to support decision-making to improve population health and reduce inequalities.
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. This research involves combining theory, qualitative, epidemiological and demographic data, and mathematical modelling to understand the link between individual and population change.

My research focuses on how to support decision makers to implement effective and equitable policy and interventions. This requires predicting their likely health, economic and wider societal effects, and thinking of new ways to present the outputs in terms of uncertainty-laden choices.

My current work in this area is mainly on tobacco and alcohol policy in the UK, where patterns of consumption are changing rapidly. I'm interested in opportunities to develop work in the area of cancer prevention, screening and improvement of outcomes. I'm also interested in developing this research in a global health context.

I am committed to developing open and reproducible code and software. I work primarily in the R environment. I am particularly interested in new ways to engineer mathematical modelling code to make it efficient, communicable and reusable across projects.

Keywords: Demography, ageing, public health modelling, epidemiology, inequality, health economics, population dynamics, R statistics, tobacco, alcohol and diet policy.


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  • Hatchard J, Gillespie D & Buykx P (2019) Using Framework Analysis Deductively: A case study from alcohol and tobacco tax policy and modelling research. Myths, Methods and Messiness: Insights for Qualitative Research Analysis: Edited Proceedings of the 5th Annual Qualitative Research Symposium' (pp 30-39). https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/publications/myths-methods-and-messiness-insights-for-qualitati, 30 January 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

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  • 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

I currently work mainly with the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group and the SPECTRUM consortium to develop the health and economic modelling of the effects of tobacco and alcohol policies and interventions.

Main current research themes

The Sheffield Tobacco and Alcohol Policy Modelling Platform (STAPM)

Alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarette pricing policy
- Tax – Integrated evidence synthesis for joint appraisal of tobacco and alcohol tax interventions for harm reduction in the UK
- Minimum pricing

Stop smoking service evaluations
- The feasibility and acceptability of a hybrid remote and face-to-face smoking cessation service
- Evaluating hospital-based stop smoking services

Smoke-free university campus initiative


Professional activities and memberships
  • University of Sheffield representative (with Dr Emma Hock) on Sheffield City Council's Tobacco Control Board
  • Deputy editor for the journal Drug and Alcohol Review