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Professor D J Hunter, Director of CPPH

Director and Professor of Health Policy & Management in the Centre for Public Policy & Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40362
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 40361
Room number: F121, Wolfson Research Institute, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH
Member of Medicine and Health Postgraduate Programmes

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David Hunter has been Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University since 2000 where he is director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health (, a Wolfson Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and Senior Fellow of Durham Global Policy Institute, Durham University. In 2014, the CPPH was designated a WHO Collaborating Centre on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action and David is its director. CPPH is the only UK certified centre for Health in All Policies training having completed the WHO’s Trainers’ course in 2015. David is also Deputy Director of Fuse, the UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, ( and lead investigator for its complex systems research programme. He is a member of the executive group for the NIHR School for Public health Research (2012-2017). He undertakes research on aspects of public health policy and practice, including partnership working and health system transformation. He is Programme Chair for a range of national and local leadership programmes including those offered under the title Leading Transformation of Health and Wellbeing. 

Among his previous posts, from 1989 to 1999, David was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Leeds, and was Director of the Nuffield Institute for Health at Leeds for most of this time. Prior to that, he worked at the King's Fund Institute in London. 

David is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. From 2004-2009, he was Chair of the UK Public Health Association.

Among his various responsibilities, David is a non-executive director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2009-) with particular responsibility for public health. He is a member of its Audit and Risk Committee. He is an Appointed Governor of the South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust (2009-) representing Durham University. Between 2009-2014 he was a member of the NIHR SDO Commissioning Board and then its successor the Health Services & Delivery Research Commissioning Board.

David holds an advisory position with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and contributed to the development of WHO’s health strategy and policy framework, Health 2020, and accompanying European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services. Former advisory positions include the Marmot Commission on health inequalities in England (2010) and the House of Commons Health Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee. He is currently advising the Health Committee on its review of the public health system in England (2015-16). David is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (2012-). He is a member of the Advisory Boards for the following journals: Social Science and Medicine (2014-), Public Health (2014-), Journal of Integrated Care (2013-). He was section editor for health policy for BMC Public Health (2012-2015). He is a member of the People in UK Public Health Group (2015-), an advisory group providing independent advice to the UK health departments on an overarching strategy for the public health workforce. 

David lectures and publishes widely on health policy and management topics. His most recent book (2016) is a second edition of The Health Debate, first published in 2008 by Policy Press. He is currently working on a second edition of Managing for Health, first published in 2007, for Routledge. Other recent books include Partnership Working in Public Health (with Neil Perkins) published by Policy Press in 2014.

David enjoys mountain bike riding and hill walking with his two Jack Russells, Eddie and Talisker. Living in Richmond on the edge of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales is an ideal location for both activities. He also enjoys listening to most forms of jazz although his days of playing drums in a group in a variety of Edinburgh pubs and the University Union are sadly over.

Research Groups

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Projects

Department of Geography

School of Education

Research Interests

  • European health policy
  • Health care reform, UK and internationally
  • Public health management
  • UK health policy and management

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013: Co-editor with Stephen Peckham of book series on public health policy and practice: Co-editor with Stephen Peckham of book series on public health policy and practice to be published by Policy Press commencing in 2013
  • 2012: Board Member, NIHR HS&DR HDR Board:
  • 2012: Member of WHO Europe Health 2020 Drafting Group :
  • 2012: Member, Inquiry Panel, Ageing Well Project led by the Mental Health Foundation :
  • 2012: President, Durham Health Forum:
  • 2012: Section Editor Health Policies, Systems and Management, BMC Public Health – Health policies, systems and management:
  • 2011: Board Member, NIHR SDO Commissioning Board :
  • 2011: Member, Advisory Panel, North East Quality Observatory System (NEQOS) :
  • 2010: British Journal of Healthcare Management :
  • 2010: Member, Department of Health, Health Reforms Evaluation Advisory Panel :
  • 2010: Member, WHO Regional Office for Europe Public Health Services Expert Group :
  • 2010: Member, Working Committee 3, Marmot Review of Health Inequalities :
  • 2010: Special Advisor, WHO Europe :
  • 2009: Appointed Governor, Council of Governors, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust :
  • 2009: Chair, NIHR SDO Public Health Research Commissioning Group :
  • 2009: Chair, UKPHA :
  • 2009: Non Executive Director, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) :
  • 2008: Director, North East School of Public Health, Northern Deanery :
  • 2008: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health :
  • 2005: Member, External Advisory Group, Glasgow Centre for Population Health :
  • 2003: Individual Member, National Heart Forum :
  • 1999: Journal of Health Organisation and Management :
  • 1998: Eurohealth:
  • 1997: Journal of Integrated Care :
  • Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh:

Selected Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Hunter, DJ (2016). Public health policy and practice: facing the future. In The Health of the Nation: Averting the demise of universal healthcare. Stubbs, Edmund Civitas. 149-163.
  • Hunter, D.J. (2013). Getting knowledge on 'wicked problems' in health promotion into action. In Health Promotion and the Policy Process. Clavier, Carole & De Leeuw, Evelyne Oxford: Oxford University Press. 131-153.
  • Wood,C, Hunter, DJ, Jeffreys, B, Britnell, M, Abrahams, D, Bambra, C, Wind-Cowie, M & Hudson, R (2013). Health in Austerity. In Demos.
  • Hunter, David J (2009). The British NHS: back to the future? In Thinking about almost everything > new ideas to light up minds. Amin, Ash, O'Neill, Michael, Brown, Donna-Marie & Daya, Shari London: Profile Books Ltd. 207-209.
  • Hunter, David J (2008). Speaking Truth to Power: On the Discomforts of Researching the Contemporary Policy Process. In Organizing and Reorganizing: Power and Change in Health Care Organisations. McKee, L, Ferlie, E & Hyde, P Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 87-98.
  • Dooris, M & Hunter, David J (2007). Organisations and settings for promoting public health. In Policy and practice in promoting public health. Lloyd, C E, Handsley, S, Douglas, J, Earle, S & Spurr, S London: Sage Publications in association with The Open University. 95-125.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Public Health Policy. In Public Health for the 21st Century: New Perspectives on Policy, Participation and Practice. Orme, Judy, Powell, Jane, Taylor, Pat & Grey, Melanie Maidenhead: Open University Press. 24-41.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Public health: historical context and current agenda. In Public Health: social context and action. Scriven, A & Garman, S Maidenhead: Open University Press. 8-19.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Values and Health Policy in the European Union. In Devolving Policy, Diverging Values? The Values of the United Kingdom's National Health Services. Greer, Scott L & Rowland, David London: The Nuffield Trust. 69-85.
  • Hunter, David J (2006). Efficiency. In Constructive Conversations about Health: Policy and Values. Marinker, M Oxford: Radcliffe.
  • Hunter, David J (2006). From tribalism to corporatism: the continuing managerial challenge to medical dominance. In Challenging Medicine. Kelleher, D, Gabe, J & Williams, G London: Routledge. 1-22.
  • Hunter, David J, Shishkin, S & Taroni, F (2005). Steering the purchaser, stewardship and government. In Purchasing to Improve Health Systems Performance. Figeuras, Josep, Robinson, Ray & Jakubowski, Elke Cambridge: Open University Press. 164-181.
  • P. Degeling, R. Iedema, M. Winters, S. Maxwell, B. Coyle, J. Kennedy & D.J. Hunter (2003). Leadership in the Context of Health Reform: An Australian Case Study. In Leading Health Care Organizations. Sue Dopson & A. L Mark Palgrave Macmillan. 113-133.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). Public Health Policy. In Public Health for the 21st Century: New perspectives on policy, participation and practice. Orme, J., Powell, J, Taylor, P, Harrison, T & Grey, M Maidenhead: Open University Press. 15-41.

Edited book

  • Hunter, David J (2008). Perspectives on Joint Director of Public Health Appointments. london: Improvement and Development Foundation.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Managing for Health. Routledge Health Management. Oxon: Routledge.
  • Griffiths, S & Hunter, David J (2007). New Perspectives in Public Health. Oxford: Radcliffe.
  • Hunter, D, Berg M, Jioks,am R & Ovretveit J (2005). Health Management Series. Routledge Business.

Journal Article


Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Hunter, D.J. & Goodwin, N. (2014). Context is everything in health leadership. Health service journal Feb: 16-17.
  • Hunter, DJ (2014). The Public Health Shift Is Not Simple. Health service journal 124(6410): 16.
  • Hunter, DJ (2013). To Market! To Market!.
  • Hunter, D.J. (2009). Be bold with the NHS - be inspired by Cuba. Public Servant 10-11.

Other (Print)


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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Health & welfare services: health policy and management


Selected Grants

  • 2015: Big Local Project - Phase 2 (£7851.00 from NIHR)