Professor David Hunter

Institute of Health & Society
Level 4, Sir James Spence Institute
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Telephone: +44(0) 191 208 2293


David Hunter, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, August 2017-July 2018.  A graduate in political science from the University of Edinburgh, David undertakes research on aspects of public health policy and practice, including partnership working and health system transformation.  He lectures and publishes widely on these topics and his most recent book (2016) is a second edition of The Health Debate, first published in 2008 by Policy Press.  David is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. From 2004-2009, he was Chair of the UK Public Health Association.  He is a Wolfson Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and Senior Fellow of the Global Policy Institute, Durham University. 

David Hunter was previously Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University from 1999 until 2017.  He was director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health until the School’s transfer to Newcastle University in August 2017.  The Centre was designated a WHO Collaborating Centre on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action from 2014 until 2017.   David was Deputy Director of Fuse, the UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health from 2008 to 2016, and is lead investigator for its complex systems research programme. He was a member of the executive group of the NIHR School for Public health Research from 2012 to 2017.  David was a non-executive director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from 2008 to 2016. He was an Appointed Governor of the South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust from 2009 to 2016 representing Durham University.  Between 2009-2014 he was a member of the NIHR SDO Commissioning Board and then its successor the Health Services & Delivery Research Commissioning Board. 

From 1989 to 1999, David was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Leeds, and was Director of the Nuffield Institute for Health at Leeds for most of this time. Prior to that, he was at the King's Fund Institute in London between 1986 and 1989 and the University of Aberdeen from 1982 to 1986.  

Among his various responsibilities, David is a special advisor to the WHO Regional Office for Europe and has contributed to the development of WHO’s health strategy and policy framework, Health 2020, and accompanying European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services.  Current assignments include co-leading the Health Systems Transformation initiative, a survey of evidence-informed policy among Member States, and the development of a men’s health strategy. Former advisory positions include the Marmot Commission on health inequalities in England (2010) and acting as a special advisor to the House of Commons Health Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee. David is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (2012-). He is a member of the People in UK Public Health Group (2015-), an advisory group providing independent advice to the UK health departments on an overarching strategy for the public health workforce.  David is a member of the Advisory Boards for the following journals: Social Science and Medicine, Public Health, Journal of health Organisation and Management, Journal of Integrated Care.   



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