Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Peter Anderson

Prof of Substance, Abuse, Pol & Pract



I am trained as a general practitioner and a specialist in public health medicine at Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The core of my research is transdisciplinary and translational research in the field of addictions and alcohol.


BA Physiological sciences, Oxford University, 1975

MA Physiological sciences, Oxford University, 1976

BM BCh (medical degree) Oxford University, 1978

MSc in public health medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1983

PhD Medical Sciences, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2003

Previous Positions 

Professor, Substance Use, Policy and Practice, 2011 onwards

Consultant in public health and primary health care, 2000-2010     

Acting Director, Department of Health Promotion and Disease, Prevention, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, 1999

Regional Adviser Tobacco Free Initiative Europe, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, 1996-1999

Scientist and acting Regional Adviser, European Alcohol Action Plan, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, 1992-1995

Research Fellow, Oxford University Department of Public Health and Primary Care, 1989-1993

Director, National Unit for Health Promotion in Primary Health Care, Oxford University, 1989-1991

General practitioner, Oxford, 1984-1989


World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Health and Well-Being.

Honours and Awards

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians



AMPHORA project on alcohol policy in Europe, €4 million. 

ODHIN project on implementing brief advice for heavy drinking in primary health care €4 million.

ALICE RAP project on the place of addictions and lifestyles in contemporary European society, €10 million.