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Professor Rob Baggott

Job: Professor

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Research group(s): Health Policy Research Unit

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7789




Personal profile

Professor Baggott is currently the Director of the Health Policy Research Unit at De Montfort University, a cross-Faculty and multidisciplinary research group. His expertise is in the field of health policy, the NHS, public health, and patient and public involvement.

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs


Understanding Health Policy, 2nd edition, Policy Press, (2015)

Partnerships for Public Health and Wellbeing, Palgrave Macmillan (2013).

‘Big Society in an age of austerity: threats and opportunities for Health Consumer and Patients' Organizations in England’ Health Expectations (2013) DOI: 10.1111/hex.12185 (with K. Jones)

‘The Voluntary Sector and Health Policy: the role of national level health consumer and patients’ organisations in the UK Social Science and Medicine (with K. Jones) published on line 8 July 2015

Tanner, J., Padley, W., Leaper, D., Keirnan. M, Norrie, P., Baggott, R et al. (2013) A benchmark too far: findings from a national survey of surgical site infection surveillance. Journal of Hospital Infection, 83 (2), pp. 87-91.

‘Policy Success and Public Health: the case of public health in England ‘Journal of Social Policy, 2012, 41, 2, 391-408.

D. Anthony, R. Baggott, J.Tanner, K, Jones et al (2012) ‘Health, Lifestyle Belief and Knowledge Differences between two ethnic groups with specific reference to tobacco, diet and physical activity’ Journal of Advanced Nursing 68(11), 2496, 2505

Patients’ Groups in the UK: recent developments’, in Lofgren, H. and van de Leeuw, E. (eds) (2011) Democratising Health: Health Consumer Groups in the Policy Process (London, Edward Elgar) (with K. Jones).

‘Prevention better than cure? Health Consumer and Patients’ Organisations and Public Health’, 2011, Social Science and Medicine 73(4), 530-4 (with K. Jones).

Public Health: Policy and Politics, (2nd edition), Palgrave Macmillan, (2010)

‘Health consumer and patients' organizations in Europe: towards a comparative analysis’. Health Expectations 11 (1) 2008 p85-94 (with R. Forster).


Research interests/expertise

  • Health policy-making and the NHS
  • Public health policy
  • Alcohol Policy
  • Patient and Public Involvement in health
  • The Voluntary Health Sector
  • Partnership Working
  • Health Care Reform.

Areas of teaching

Health Strategy and Management; Health Policy; Public Health.


BA (hons) University of York, Class I Economics and Politics; PhD, University of Hull, Politics and Social Policy.

Membership of external committees

  • Institute of Alcohol Studies, Academic Advisory Committee 1997-
  • Parkinson’s Disease Society, Research Committee 2006-9
  • NHS Research for Patient Benefit Committee (East Midlands) 2007-9

Conference attendance

Working with the drinks industry: the UK experience international Conference on Alcohol Governance, Dublin’ May 2008 funded by Alcohol Action Ireland.

Community Interventions in the UK at Community Interventions in Health, University of Oxford, April 2009.

‘Conservative health policy’ at the Social Policy Association Annual conference, University of Lincoln, July 2010.

‘Patients’ Groups and Public Health’ (with K. Jones) at Biennal conference of the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology, Ghent, August 2010.

Self Help Groups and Health Consumer and Patients’ Organisations in the UK The Challenge of Self Help and Mutual Aid, University Magna Grecia, Catanzaro, Italy, Thursday 16-17 June, 2011.

The Big Society in an Age Of Austerity: Threats and Opportunities for Health Consumer and Patients’ Organisations in England, 14th Biennial Congress of the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology, Hanover, August 2012 (with K. Jones).


Consultancy work

Professor Baggott has undertaken consultancy for local NHS organisations and local councils on issues including; patient and public involvement, smoking control, maternity services, and public health.

Externally funded research grants information

Alcohol pricing and alcohol problems (2009-11) with Martin Hagger (PI), University of Nottingham, Alcohol Education and Research Council £40,000.

The Cuban Health system Sept 2012-August 2013 with George Lambie, DMU, British Academy Small Grant Scheme, £7,500.

Internally funded research project information

DMU RIF funding 2010-11 £9k (Brown PI, Tanner and Baggott) Health care associated infection control in the ambulance service.

Democracy and care home residents £500 (with E Thompson and J. Scullion) Business Faculty Seedcorn Fund 2014-15


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