Dr Kathryn Oliver

Associate Professor
of Sociology and Public health

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I studied Molecular Biology at UCL (2003). Via a MSc in History of Science, Technology and Medicine (2004), I became interested in broader questions about how scientific knowledge and expertise are constructed, owned and used. My PhD (Manchester, 2012) was half sociology, half public health, exploring social networks of power, influence and evidence-use in public health policymaking.

After postdoctoral positions in Manchester Sociology and Manchester Business School, I held lectureships at UCL and Oxford. I joined LSHTM in December 2017.



Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation


I am  a social scientist with interests in 

  • use of evidence in policymaking, especially public health policy
  • the structure and function of networks in policy and practice
  • evaluation of social interventions and policies, particularly adverse effects
  • Research impact and science policy


Research Area
Health policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Science policy
Evidence use
Impact evaluation
Implementation research
Public understanding
Policy analysis
Political science
Social Sciences

Selected Publications

Broadening public participation in systematic reviews: a case example involving young people in two configurative reviews.
Oliver, K. ; Rees, R. ; Brady, L.M. ; Kavanagh, J. ; Oliver, S. ; Thomas, J. ;
Res Synth Methods
Adverse effects of public health interventions: a conceptual framework
Lorenc, T.; Oliver, K.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
A systematic review of barriers to and facilitators of the use of evidence by policymakers.
Oliver, K. ; Innvar, S. ; Lorenc, T. ; Woodman, J. ; Thomas, J. ;
BMC Health Serv Res
New directions in evidence-based policy research: a critical analysis of the literature.
Oliver, K. ; Lorenc, T. ; Innvær, S. ;
Health Res Policy Syst
Who runs public health? A mixed-methods study combining qualitative and network analyses.
Oliver, K. ; de Vocht, F. ; Money, A. ; Everett, M. ;
J Public Health (Oxf)
See all Dr Kathryn Oliver's Publications