Petra Meier is professor of Public Health at the MRC/CSO Social Science and Public Health Unit at the University of Glasgow, where she leads a programme on systems science in public health.

She was previously head of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, whose research has been influential in informing current debate on alcohol policy. Her team developed the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model, which has provided a key evidence base for debates around minimum unit pricing in the UK and beyond.

Petra studied psychology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, before completing an MSc in Research in Child Health (University of Hertfordshire), followed by a PhD in Epidemiology & Health Sciences at the University of Manchester. Her research interests include health inequalities, the social determinants of health, alcohol policies and their effectiveness and the determinants of substance use, misuse and addiction.