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Allyson M Pollock

Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University

Prof Allyson Pollock and her colleagues undertake research and teaching intended to assist realisation of the principles of social justice and public health, with a particular emphasis on heath systems research, trade, and pharmaceuticals. A strong emphasis is on developing critical analysis through education and research and through translating research findings into policy at the national and international level. The work is interdisciplinary, including epidemiology, law, statistics, economics, accounting, sociology, and anthropology.

Universal access to health care is the primary focus and in particular the means by which local and national systems redistribute resources across society by sharing the risks and costs of ill-health. The work includes the study of public private partnerships in health and long term care, pharmaceuticals, and medical research, and how public health interfaces with trade law and intellectual property agreements.

Local and global issues converge around, for instance, the social and economic aspects of clinical trials, how medicines are accessed, the estimation of the global burden of disease, and evidence underpinning access to medicines policies; the setting of health care priorities through the creation and use of clinical evidence; and the export of managed health care systems.

Allyson M Pollock is Professor of Public Health and Director of the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, and author of NHS plc: The privatisation of our health care. first and second editions 2005, 2008 (Publisher Verso). The New NHS: A Guide with Alison Talbot Smith (Publisher Routledge) and Tackling Rugby, What every parent should know about injury. 2014 Publisher Verso)


  • –present
    Professor of Public Health Research and Policy , Queen Mary, University of London


  • 1983 
    Dundee, Medicine