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Ruth Hunter


Queen's University Belfast

Co-director, Co-leads WP2 and WP7, Leads the Belfast hub, Contributes across all WPs

Ruth Hunter is Professor of Public Health and Planetary Health at the Centre for Public Health, QUB. She co-leads the Epidemiology and Public Health Research group and the Complexity, Public Health and Planetary Health cluster. Her work primarily involves investigating how we can improve our urban environment for better population health and planetary health. She is particularly interested in research at the intersection of public health and planetary health. Her work involves the application of systems-thinking and complexity science methods, as well as natural experiments, complex intervention development and evaluation, geo-spatial data science and computer vision methods. She has secured > £12M in research grants from the UKPRP, NIHR, MRC, ESRC and GCRF-British Council. 

Ruth is a member of the Public Health Research funding panel for the NIHR and the MRC Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) panel. She is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for research and training on complex systems and network science for NCD prevention and control, and an executive board member for WHO Belfast Healthy Cities and Connswater Community Greenway Trust.


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