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Professor Peter Scarborough

Professor Peter Scarborough

Peter Scarborough


Professor of Population Health

Pete leads the Sustainable Healthy Food Group in NDPHCS at the University of Oxford and is a fellow of the Oxford Martin School. His research focusses on evaluating population approaches to increase the uptake of healthy, sustainable diets. This includes influences of food choice, including food price, food labelling, marketing of foods and food accessibility. 

Pete is the Principal Investigator of the COPPER, SHIFT and SALIENT projects funded by NIHR, Wellcome Trust and UKRI respectively. Much of his work has been built around health models that estimate the population health impact of changes in diet (and other risk factors for disease). such as the PRIMEtime model, which estimates the long-term cost-effectiveness of dietary and physical activity interventions in the UK. More recently, his work has focussed on integrating models of health, environmental sustainability and economics e.g. he led the modelling work package for the Wellcome Trust-funded Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) project. He also works on evaluations  of major public health policy, including the UK soft drinks industry levy.

Pete has given evidence to the Health Select Committee enquiry on childhood obesity and has sat on expert advisory groups for Public Health England. He was a panel member for the cross-research council Global Food Security programme, and is chair of the steering committee for the NIHR-funded WRAPPED project.

Pete has worked at the University of Oxford in various capacities since 2003. He received a DPhil in public health in 2009 for a thesis investigating geographic variations in coronary heart disease rates in England.

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