My principal research interests are understanding challenges to policy coherence within health, the interplay between health, agriculture, sustainable development and finance policies and the relationships between neoliberalism, the commercial determinants of health and governance mechanisms over the supply of unhealthy commodities. Currently, I am a research fellow on the Tobacco Control Capacity Project, examining governance challenges and opportunities for comprehensive implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in five different low-and-middle-income countries.
Previously, I was a research assistant at the University of California, San Francisco's Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education. This research involved analysing corporate interest in cannabis legalisation and the relevance and influence of tobacco and alcohol policy on cannabis and e-cigarette policy debates and development, comparatively assessing US policies to regulate newly emergent legal markets. These various projects have been written up in journal articles, published in several high-impact journals including PLoS Medicine, Milbank Quarterly, Addiction, Journal of Adolescent Health and the American Journal of Public Health. One of my publications was later used by a group of medical professionals from Massachusetts in a 2019 statement of concern regarding efforts to regulate cannabis in the US (see: https://marijuana-policy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MA-MJ-Policy_Statement-of-Concern-5-9-19_FINAL.pdf). I was also a member of the expert group California Lt. Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, Regulatory and Tax Structure Group, and an expert advisor for the Canadian Health Secretariat and the California Tobacco Control Program’s Loop Health Equity program.
I received my PhD in International Public Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh Global Health Policy Unit, and hold a Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University.
My research has received widespread media attention, including interviews with several high-profile news outlets such as Time Magazine, Vice News, Healthline and US National Public Radio.
Global health governance, drug governance, policy dynamics, policy coherence, policy space, low-and-middle-income countries, unhealthy commodity industries, policy change