Linda Bauld is ‘Bruce and John Usher Chair in Public Health’ in the Usher Institute, College of Medicine, University of Edinburgh.

She also holds the CRUK/BUPA chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention, a part-time secondment to Cancer Research UK.

Linda has a background in applied policy research and for the past 15 years her research interests have centred on the evaluation of public health interventions. She has conducted studies on drug and alcohol use, inequalities in health and, most notably, on tobacco control and smoking cessation.

She is a former scientific adviser on tobacco control to the UK Government and recently led the development of an independent alcohol strategy for the UK, Health First, which was published in March 2013.