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Area of research expertise – Outline

I am a Political Sociologist my research focuses on the politics and policy of public health with a particular focus on the non-elected operating within policy circles in relation to public health.   Research interests and activity broadly relate to developing approaches to and understanding corporate power in relation to public health and to understanding the relationship between evidence and policy. 

Current research activities.

Current work includes exploration and analysis of the organisational shape and activity of industrial actors in scientific, policy and public debates.  Research interests and activity broadly relate to developing approaches to and understanding corporate power in relation to public health.

Desired research direction.

The goal of my research is to make a contribution to policy debates on improving public health in relation to consumption.  I aim to expand on my previous research by developing an understanding of global corporations and the role they place in debates regarding consumption and health, particularly NCDs.  I am particularly keen to explore how my existing work on the alcohol can be used as a framework for understanding contemporary food politics.    

Target Collaborative Companies (National, International, up to 3).

1. Scottish Government

2. Local Authorities

3. Third Sector Organisations

Target Collaborative Organisations (National, International, up to 3)

1. World Health Orgnaisation

2. Global Alcohol Policy Alliance  

3. Global Obesity Prevention Centre, John Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health  


  • JC Political theory
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HM Sociology

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Research Output 2010 2017

Impact of Market Forces on Addictive Substances and Behaviours

Miller, D., Harkins, C., Schlogl, M. & Montague, B., 2 Nov 2017, Oxford University Press. 256 p. (Governance of Addictive Substances and Behaviours Series)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Market forces
European Union

Addictive substances and behaviours and corruption, transparency and governance

Miller, D., Harkins, C. & Schlogl, M., 12 Feb 2015, Impact of Addictive Substances and Behaviours on Individual and Societal Well-being. Anderson, P., Rehm, J. & R. R. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Description and analysis of addiction governance practices: Understanding changes in governance practice

Trautmann, F., Croes, E., Elzinga, E., Milhet, M., Diaz Gomez, C., Košir, M., Estrada, M., Miller, D. & Harkins, C., 3 Jul 2014, European Commission: ALICE RAP Project . 304 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
policy implementation

ALICE RAP: Interim Report on Gambling

Bühringer, G., Neumann, M., Angus, K., Blomqvist, J., Brotherhood, A., Croes, E., Delrio, C., Disley, E., Duke, K., Egerer, M., Fjer, S., Frank, V. A., Harkins, C., Hellman, M., Houborg, E., Karlsson, T., Lindemann, M., Miller, D., Ortaleva, P., Österberg, E. & 6 others, Probst, C., Remmers, P., Sulkunen, P., Sumnall, H., Thom, B. & Trautmann, F., 12 Jul 2013, Calgary: University of Calgary . 23 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report


Recruiting government advisers to alcohol lobby is too easy

Miller, D. & Harkins, C., 23 Oct 2013, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum

Chik Collins (Organiser), Hartwig Pautz (Organiser), Ewan Gibbs (Organiser), Michael Pugh (Organiser), Francis Stuart (Chair), John Foster (Invited speaker), Ann Henderson (Invited speaker), Patricia Findlay (Invited speaker), Bryan Simpson (Invited speaker), John Connolly (Participant), Claire Harkins (Participant)
22 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course