Chris is a research assistant in the Informing Healthy Public Policy programme in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Chris joined the unit in 2010, having graduated with a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh Napier University and an MSc in Social Research at the University of Edinburgh.
Chris’ research focuses on media representations and public understandings of health issues and policy debates. His media analysis work includes analyses of media representations of: the obesity epidemic; minimum unit pricing for alcohol; tobacco control; eating disorders; binge drinking and e-cigarette regulation. His work on public understandings of health issues including teenager’s understandings of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases and gay and bisexual men’s perceptions of donating body tissue samples for research.
Chris is working on Understanding Health Research, a web tool designed to guide users from a broad range of audiences through the process of reading and evaluating health research. The tool will be launched in late 2015.