Researcher biography 

Dr Mark Robinson is an evaluation and public health specialist who joined ISSR in April 2020.

Mark has extensive experience leading large scale research and evaluation projects in the public health sector in Scotland, and his work has directly informed national policy and legislation. In his previous role as a Public Health Intelligence Principal at NHS Health Scotland (the national public health improvement agency in Scotland) he led numerous projects to better understand the health of Scotland’s population and the factors that influence it.

Mark has made a significant contribution to Scotland’s alcohol strategy, and he has successfully delivered a large program of research to estimate the impact of a wide range of interventions on population health and health inequalities using epidemiological modelling and visualisation. He was involved in the recent evaluation of lowering blood alcohol concentration limits in Scotland and contributed to numerous studies as part of the comprehensive evaluation of minimum unit pricing. These studies have received widespread media coverage and the outputs and findings have been used to inform national policy and legislation.

Mark has been appointed Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow in recognition of his research excellence and impact. His PhD was completed at the University of Bath and investigated behavioural risk factors for training injuries among British Army infantry recruits.

Project Experience

Dr Robinson has extensive experience designing and delivering research and evaluation projects across a range of topics. 

  • Research and Evaluation Services for Health and Wellbeing Queensland, Health and Wellbeing Queensland (2020 – 2022)
  • Developing an evaluation framework for a social and economic impact analysis for the Your Caring Way program, Carer’s Queensland (2020).
  • Yarrabilba Community Hub Outcomes Framework and Measurement and Evaluation Strategy, Queensland Government Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (2020)
  • Anglicare Family and Children’s Evaluations, Anglicare Queensland (2020)
  • Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS), NHS Health Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government (2010-2020).
  • Informing Interventions to reduce health Inequalities in Scotland: The ‘Triple’ I project, Scottish Public Health Observatory (2016-2019)
  • Evaluation of the impact of Scotland’s national naloxone programme on ambulance attendance at overdose incidents, Health Protection Scotland (2014-2016).