A social scientist with a public health perspective, my main area of interest, and one in which I have worked for more than 20 years, is sexual and reproductive health. I was one of the founders, in 1987, of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) in Britain and a Principal Investigator on the first (1990), second (2000), and third (2010) surveys.
I lead a team of academics researching sexual and reproductive risk behaviour and risk reduction practice, including contraception, at national and international level.
I also have a strong interest in evaluation research, particularly in relation to preventive intervention and we have assessed major national and international sexual health programmes, including AIDS preventive strategies in European countries and the English government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. Much of my working life has been spent researching sensitive topics, including not only sexual behaviour but also risk practices relating to drug use and in prison populations
I am an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ad eundem), and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.