Professor Peter Anderson

Prof of Substance Use, Policy & Practice

Research Area

Transdisciplinary and translational research in the field of addictions and alcohol


Professor, Substance Use, Policy and Practice, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, England; Professor, Alcohol and Health, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Dr. Anderson is trained as a general practitioner and specialist in public health medicine at Oxford University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is an international expert in the impact of alcohol and addictions on health and well-being, and in the impact of policies and programmes to reduce the harm done by alcohol, tobacco and addictions. Dr Anderson is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Mental Health and Well-being. From 1992 to 2000, he worked as the regional advisor for both tobacco and alcohol with the European Office of the World Health Organization and directed the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He is an adviser in public health, alcohol, tobacco and addictions to the European Commission and the World Health Organization. He is the international coordinator of the ALICE RAP project, Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addiction’s Project, He has brought science to policy across a range of public health issues for several governments, intergovernmental organizations and public and private sector think tanks around the world. He has over 150 publications in international peer reviewed journals, is the author or editor of some 15 books and has published 12 monographs on addictions for the European Commission and the World Health Organization.