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Jeff Collin

Jeff Collin
Professor Jeff Collin
Professor of Global Health Policy
2.10 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 3961
Research Interests
Global Health Policy, policy tools in global health governance, cross-border mobility of health professionals, tobacco control, tobacco control;, health impacts of population mobility and trade liberalisation

Background Information

Jeff Collin is Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh. A political scientist by background, he previously worked at the London school of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Moving to Edinburgh in 2005, he established a suite of MSc programmes in health policy, joining the School of Social & Political Science in 2010 when the Global Public Health Unit was created within Social Policy..

Research Interests

Jeff's research interests focus on health policy and global health governance, with a particular emphasis on the role of the commercial sector. He has a particular interest in unhealthy commodity industries, with extensive research experience in examining how tobacco companies have sought to shape public policy, with a growing programme of work also examining the alcohol and ultra-processed food industries. He has been a member of WHO expert groups on tobacco industry influence on policy, is a member of the Tobacco Advisory Group of Cancer Research UK, a co-investigator in the UK Centre on Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, and an expert advisor for the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

Selected publications*

* A full list of publications can be found here.

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PhD in International Public Health Policy