Martin leads a research programme focused on understanding food systems, how they relate to consumers, and whether and how they can be changed to promote healthier diets at a population level. Martin is a clinical academic, trained in medicine and public health, with broad experience of public health research and practice, and a national and international reputation for his research and leadership. He has a particular interest in the influence of the commercial food system on diet, and how we can achieve a healthier commercial food system. Martin welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students wishing to undertake research in this field.
Martin is a principal investigator in the Public Health Research Consortium, a Department of Health Policy Research Unit, established in 2005. He is also a principal investigator in the NIHR School for Public Health Research, established in 2012. Martin is Director of NIHR’s Public Health Research funding programme (2014-19). He was president of the Society for Social Medicine (2011-12) and is President of the UK Society for Behaviour Medicine (2017-18).
Prior to joining CEDAR in 2014, Martin was Director of Fuse, UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, based at Newcastle University.
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