Alastair is an applied statistician with 25 years of experience working in public health, particularly on the analysis of large, routine survey and cohort datasets. He has been working at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow since 1999, where he is head of the programme on Measuring Health, Variations in Health and the Determinants of Health. Alastair was appointed Honorary Professor in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at Glasgow in 2006. His recent research has focused on inequalities in mortality in Scotland, as well as the application of multilevel modelling to health data, particularly concerning its use as a tool for exploring inequalities.
Alastair sits on the Governing Board of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and is a committee member of the Society for Social Medicine. He currently sits on the Public Health Research Funding Board of the National Institute of Health Research and has been an editor of the European Journal of Public Health since December 2009.
Alastair works closely with colleague, Susan Purdon, as the Lead Statistician for the analysis of the Impact and Economic Evaluation.