Dr Paul Pilkington

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About me

Dr Paul Pilkington is a registered Public Health Specialist and Senior Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. Paul obtained a BA Hons Geography from the University of Nottingham in 1998 and was awarded an MSc Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2001. He joined UWE in 2003, completing his doctoral studies, exploring the knowledge, attitudes and experiences of casino workers with regards to exposure to second-hand smoke.

As a member of the Mangement Group of UWE's Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing, and Theme Lead for its Healthy and Sustainable Environments research theme, he advances research across the university in this area, bringing together researchers from public health with those across the university and beyond. Paul is also a key member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, based at UWE.

Paul has undertaken a wide range of research projects with impact in the field of healthy and sustainable environments (see area of expertise below), with funders including Wellcome Trust, NICE, NIHR, and Public Health England. His innovative knowledge exchange activities include partnerships with Wiltshire County Council, Bristol City Council, and the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum. He has published widely in international peer reviewed journals and presented at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

Paul is an experienced teacher, contributing to undergradutate and postgraduate programmes across the university and ​leading two modules (Health Protection, and Epidemiology of Non-communicable Disease) on the successful APHEA acredited MSc Public Health. In 2011, Paul became the first UWE Public Health Practitioner in Residence, based in the Department of Architecture and ​the Built Environment​. The innovative role involved integrating public health knowledge and skills into the curricula of architecture students, through a design studio based approach. Paul is also a member of the university's Knowledge Exchange for Sustainability Education (KESE) Group, which seeks to promote engagement in education for sustainable development across the institution.

Paul was one of the first people from a non-medical background to undertake specialist public health training in the UK, and has been a UKPHR registered Public Health Specialist since 2007. He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. Now, as a Specialty Tutor on the South West Public Health Specialty Training Programme, he leads the development of specialty training at UWE. He is also an Academic Supervisor, member of the Regional Training Committee, and an Assessor on the National Public Health Specialty Training Assessment Centre.


Area of expertise

Taking a socio-ecological perspective, Paul’s research centres on how the promotion of healthy and sustainable environments can impact on population health and wellbeing. Paul's particular interests include how to reduce danger in the road environment, and better consideration of health in the development and spatial planning process. Recent streams of work include:

  • ​​​​​The Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour Limit Evaluation (BRITE) Study ​[Principal ​Investigator] Evaluation of the impact of the introduction of a 20mph speed limit in the city of BristolFunded by Bristol CC.​ 
  • Healthy People Healthy Places Evidence Tool ​[Principal ​​​Investigator] ​Development of an evidence-based resource to facilitate joint working between public health and planning professionals. ​Funded by Public Health England.
  • UPSTREAM - Moving Health Upstream in Urban Development Decision Making ​[Research Lead] ​Estimation of the scale of the impact that the built environment has on human health in monetary terms, and exploration with those who control the development of our towns and cities as to how we can minimise health costs. ​Funded by Wellcome Trust.
  • ​The Nepal Injury Research Centre: an NIHR Global Health Research Group [UK Lead, Road Danger Reduction] Establishment of the Nepal Injury Research Centre to understand and prevent unintentional injuries. ​Funded by NIHR Global Health Research.​​​
  • The Provision of an Academic Supervision function to Specialty Registrars on the Public Health Training Programme​ [UWE Lead] Support Public Health Registrars throughout their specialist training. ​Funded by Health Education England.
Previous road danger reduction projects as Primary Investigator:​
  • Recording and reporting of mobile phone involvement in road traffic collisions Survey of road traffic collision investigation police officers to determine how the role of mobile phones in road traffic collisions is investigated. In partnership with the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum.
  • Coroners' Records for Action on Road Safety (CARS Study) Analysis of coroners' records to explore the social context of fatal road traffic collisions among young people. Funded by Wiltshire Public Health.
  • Facilitating local decision making in road safety through a web-based resource A knowledge transfer partnership with Bristol City Council to develop the traffic choices web-based resource. Funded by Bristol CC and Technology Strategy Board.
  • Developing a road danger reduction approach in the city of Bristol A knowledge transfer partnership with Bristol City Council to develop a road danger reduction approach in Bristol. ​Funded by Bristol CC and Technology Strategy Board.
Paul is a reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals and Special Advisor to Cities and Health.​​ He has contributed to debates on road danger reduction in local and national media, including BBC television and radio.

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