Professor Petra Meier

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School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), The University of Sheffield

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Petra is a Professor of Public Health working in the School of Health and Related Research and Director of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group. Her research interests include alcohol policies and their effectiveness, especially pricing, marketing and availability policies; determinants of substance use, misuse and addiction; substance misuse treatment evaluation and outcome; co-occurring mental health problems and substance misuse (dual diagnosis); and health inequalities.

Examples of recent and current projects include:

  • Alcohol Policy Interventions in Scotland and England (APISE) – part of a multi-country collaborative project aiming to assess the impact and effectiveness of alcohol control policies.
  • Interdisciplinary Alcohol policy effectiveness Research Programme (IARP) – focusing on developing the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model in order to transform alcohol policy appraisal capability in the UK and worldwide.
  • A new approach to measuring drinking occasions in Britain – a mixed methods project including secondary analysis of a large, novel dataset containing detailed contextual information on over 200,000 drinking occasions of over 60,000 individuals collected via one-week consumption diaries and focus groups to develop understanding of the interrelationships between the contexts drinking occasions and the type of drinking that occurs.
  • National School for Public Health Research – Alcohol programme (SPHR) – a project that aims to conduct a large programme of research focused on informing alcohol policy decision-making at local authority level.
  • Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP) – a transdisciplinary EU project that aims to help policy makers re-think and re-shape current and future approaches to the human and economic costs of addictions and lifestyles. Petra is leading a multidisciplinary work area tasked with identifying the determinants of addiction.
  • UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) – a strategic partnership of 22 leading researchers from 12 institutions, aiming to deliver of a comprehensive portfolio of multidisciplinary original research and policy work to develop and apply population and individual strategies to prevent smoking and harmful alcohol use. Areas of research are: 1) understanding behaviour and risks, 2) population strategies for behaviour change, 3) individual strategies for behaviour change, 4) reducing harm, 5) policy, ethics and economics, 6) industry.

Petra has substantial experience of working in and leading teams of multidisciplinary researchers from across a broad spectrum of disciplines to understand and address challenging public health issues. As such, Petra is keen to build relationships with researchers from across the health and social sciences, arts and humanities to develop interdisciplinary collaborations that maximise research funding opportunities in areas of interest.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Petra if you would like to discuss potential collaborations for both research projects and PhD studentships.