Peter Simpson


I was born and brought up in Leeds, but left at the age of 18 to study at university in London.  My first degree and masters were both in economics, and I spent most of my working life either lecturing (at various universities) or teaching (at Latymer Upper School in London) in economics. A spell in the 1970's working as an economist in the Department of Community Medicine at University College Hospital Medical School in London led to a life-long interest in epidemiology and public health. On taking early retirement from teaching, I enrolled on a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and this has formed a springboard for my current research.  I am a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

Research interests

My research in the 1970's had been concerned with the economic evaluation of screening for breast cancer. My current research is concerned with the effect of diet on health, with a focus on the adoloescent years (broadly 11-18 years). Whilst some young people have a very healthy diet, others do not, and I hope to gain an insight into how we might encourage more young people to eat healthily. I hope to estimate the health benefits of such a change (in terms of length and quality of life) and the practical hurdles to be overcome in achieving this change.  Encouraging results have been achieved in recent years in reducing the prevalance of smoking among adolescents, and it would be desirable if similar achievements could be made in reducing the prevalence of obesity. 


  • PG Dip in Public Health
  • MSc in Economics
  • BSc(Econ) in Economics