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Professor Graham Moore

Professor Graham Moore

Personal Chair

School of Social Sciences

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Available for postgraduate supervision


I joined the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences in 2005 as a Research Assistant, while completing an MSc in the University of Bristol. I completed my ESRC funded PhD within the school in 2010, subsequently taking up a post-doctoral role, before obtaining an MRC funded personal fellowship. I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2016 and achieved promotion to  Reader in 2018 then to Professor in 2020. Within my current role I am Deputy Director & Health Public Policy programme lead in the Centre for Development Evaluation Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) funded by Health & Care Research Wales. I am also an investigator, and Wales academic lead, on a large UKPRP funded consortium focused on commercial determinants of health and health inequalities (Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce ineqUalities and harM; SPECTRUM). Further, I am an investigator (and workstream co-lead) on the new Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health to be established in 2020.

I have an international reputation in methodological innovation in evaluating social interventions. I led the development and authorship of highly cited MRC guidance for process evaluation, and am joint PI on an MRC grant developing guidance for adaptation of social interventions for new contexts, to be submitted for publication in late 2020. This work connects to my substantive interests in health inequalities through its emphasis on moving intervention science beyond a focus on whether interventions 'worked', toward a greater emphasis on understanding the contextually situated nature of intervention effects, and the consequences of intervention-context interactions for the widening or narrowing of inequality. As programme lead for DECIPHer's intervention methods programme from 2013-19, I led a series of established methodology short courses, delivered in 5 continents to date.

My substantive research interests are in health inequalities, primarily focused on inequalities in childhood and adolescence. This includes emphasis on understanding causes of health inequalities to inform policy and intervention, the implementation of policies and social interventions, and impacts  of these on health and health inequalities. My current research includes a focus on equity impacts of universal interventions, and on interventions specifically targeting vulnerable populations, such as children in local authority care or children exposed to domestic violence, mostly focusing on interventions outside of the health sector itself. I am interested in school environments, and their role in reducing or amplifying socioeconomic inequalities in health, as well as how their interaction with family environments shape health and wellbeing. I was deputy lead of the School Health Research Network in Wales from 2015-20, playing a major role in overseeing the expansion of its biennial survey to reach whole population coverage, longitudinal capability and linkage to routine data, enhancing its ability to capture inequalities in health needs and evaluate equity impacts of policies and interventions. As a major contributor to the inter-generational reproduction of iinequalities, I also have a strong interest in tobacco use, tobacco policy, and the de-normalisation of smoking. I have led a number of studies focused on children's exposure to secondhand smoke in private and public spaces. I led some of the UK's first papers on youth e-cigarette use, attracting worldwide media and policy attention. I am a member of the board of trustees for the charity ASH Wales.

I am a member of the NIHR Public Health Research Funding Board and the CRUK Population Research Committee, and chaired the CRUK Prevention Expert Review Panel from 2018. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Education and qualifications:

  • 2010 PhD Social Sciences, Cardiff University;
  • 2007 MSc (with distinction) Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University;
  • 2005 MSc (with distinction) Nutriton, Physical Activity and Public Health, University of Bristol;
  • 2001 BSc (Hons) Psychology, UWE Bristol.

Career overview:

  • 2020-               Professor
  • 2018-2020       Reader in Social Sciences and Health, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University;
  • 2016-2018  Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University;
  • 2013-2015  MRC funded Research Fellow, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University;
  • 2010-2013  Research Associate, PHIRN, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University;
  • 2005-2006  Research Assistant, CISHE, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Speaking engagements

INSERM workshop on Methods and Prnciples for Population Health Imtervention Research (Bordeaux, France), Oct 2018

Bevan Foundation (invited speaker - Health Inequalities in Wales today), Oct 2018

European Summer School for Evidence Based Public Health (co-convenor), July 2018

British Nutrition Foundation 50th anniversary conference, London (invited speaker), April 2017

Centre for Public Health and Population Health Research, University of Stirling (invited seminar), Feb 2017

Department of Health Promotion, Maastricht University (invited seminar) Jan 2017

INDUCT Winter School, Maastricht University (invited lecture), Jan 2017;

Scientific Symposium on Population Health Intervention Research (invited presentation/workshop facilitation), Paris November 2016;

Masterclass on Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (keynote speaker). Wageningen University, Netherlands October 2016;

Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland, Belfast (invited workshop), April 2016;

NIHR Research Design Service, Process evaluation of complex interventions (invited workshop), Jan 2016;

Centre for Evidence Based Intervention, Oxford University (invited presentation) Dec 2015;

French Institute for Public Health Research, Process evaluation of complex interventions Paris (invited presentation). Nov 2015;

North East Medical Sociology Research Group/FUSE, Newcastle, Process evaluation of complex interventions (invited presentation) Nov 2015;

UKSBM conference, Process evaluation of complex interventions (invited pre-conference workshop) Dec 2015;

Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Process evaluation of complex interventions (invited presentation) April 2015;

Committees and reviewing

Associate Editor,


BMC Public Health

Funding committee member,

National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research Funding Board,

Cancer Research UK Population Research Committee,

French Cancer Research Institute


Cancer Research UKPrevention Exepert Review Panel


















I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across a range of areas.

2016- undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Social Sciences

  • Year 1: Introduction to Social Science Research Methods (lecturer)
  • Year 2: Knowing the Social - online and offline (lecturer)
  • MSc Social and Public Policy (seminar tutor)
  • Professional Doctorate Evidence Based Policy (convenor)

2015- present Lead for DECIPHer short course programme (

2013-2015 Supervision of 3 CUROP placement students

2011-2015 convenor of Health Improvement module of the Masters in Public Health, Cardiff University

  1. 2020-2025 Collishaw, S., Rice, F. (co-PIs), Thapar, A., John, A., Hall, J., Owen, M., Murphy, S., Moore., G., Hawkins, J., Young, H. Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health. Wolfson Foundation, £10,000,000
  2. 2020-2023 Howarth, E., Moore, G.F., Feder, G., Spencer, A., Evans, R., Berry, V., Stanley, N., Bacchus, L., Humphrey, A., Buckley, K., Littlecott, H., Long, S., Burn, A., Eldridge, S., Family Recovery after Domestic Abuse (FReDA): A feasibility trial and nested process evaluation of a group based intervention for children exposed to domestic violence and abuse. NIHR Public Health Research, £600,000 (awarded subject to contract)
  3. 2019-2022 Tomlinson, M., Lund, C., van der Westhuizen, C., Skeen, S., Dua, T., Ross, D., Servili, C., Spaull, N., Luitel, N.P., Jordans, M., Melendez-Torres, G.J., Hawkins, J., Moore, G.F., Evans, R. Project HASHTAG: Health Action in Schools for a Thriving Adolescent Generation: intervention development and feasibility study in Nepal and South Africa. MRC / DfID / NIHR / ESRC joint funding. £520,000 (awarded subject to contract)
  4. 2019-2024 Bauld, L., Munafo, M., Fitzgerald, N., Petticrew, M., Gilmore, A., Brown, J., Brennan, A., Pearce, J., Langley, T., McNeill, A., Collin, J., Britton, J., Friel, S., Syrett, K., Moore, G.F., Reid, G., O’Connor, R., Dockrell, M., Bishop, J. Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce ineqUalities and harm (SPECTRUM). UK Prevention Research Partnership Consortium Grant. £5,900,000
  5. 2019 Skeen, S. & Moore, G.F Complex interventions for adolescent mental health and well-being in South Africa: capacity building. British Academy. £10,000
  6. 2019-2022 Littlecott, H.,Moore G (main supervisor) Using social network analysis to understand the role of school-based social diffusion processes in smoking initiation among adolescents in contemporary Western society. Cancer Research UK Postdoctoral Fellowship. £158,000
  7. 2019-22 Long S, Moore G (academic mentor). Integration of health and wellbeing into the school curriculum: a mixed methods investigation of preparations for Wales-wide school reform and it’s impacts on health and well-being. Health & Care Research Wales Postdoctoral Fellowship. £265,000
  8. 2018-2020 Hall, J., Walters, J., Owen, M., Thapar, A., Rice, F., O'Donovan, M., Jones, I., Collishaw, S., Holmans, P., Singh, K., Van Goozen, S., Langley, K., Murphy, S., Moore, G.F., Atack, J., Harwood, A. Integrating genetic, clinical and phenotypic data to advance stratification, prediction and treatment in mental health. Medical Research Council £971,000
  9. 2018-2020 Moore. G.F., MacDonald, S., Gray, L., Moore, L., Hallingberg, B., Brown, R. Primary schoolchildren’s perceptions of e-cigarettes and exposure to e-cigarettes and tobacco smoke. Cancer Research UK Tobacco Action Group. £127,000
  10. 2018-2020 Long, S., Moore, G.F, Scourfield, J., Taylor, C., Fone, D. Farewell, D., Lyons, R., Does local authority care make a differences to the lives of vulnerable children? Longitudinal analysis of a retrospective cohort. ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative £156,000
  11. 2018-2020 Moore, G.F., Evans, R., Littlecott, H., Murphy, S., Segrott, J., Moore, L., Craig, P., O’Cathain, A., Hoddinott, P., Refhfuess, E., Pfadenhauer, L. Adaptation of evidence-informed complex population health interventions for implementation and/or re-evaluation in new contexts: New guidance. MRC Methodology Research Programme £320,000
  12. 2018-2021 Moore GF, Murphy S, Long S. The role of schools in supporting positive social relationships to improve school engagement, wellbeing, and substance use outcomes among young people in care: a mixed methods study. Wales School for Social Care Research. £59,500
  13. 2017 Morgan K, Moore GF (co-PIs) Hawkins, J., Littlecott, H., Long, S. & McConnon, L An evaluability assessment of the Food & Fitness Summer Holiday Enrichment Programme in Wales. WLGA. £49,718
  14. 2017-2021 Moore GF, Bauld L, Munafo M, Murphy S, Gray L, Hallingberg B, Mackintosh AMM Moore L Impacts of e-cigarette regulation via the EU Tobacco Products Directive on young people’s use of e-cigarettes: a natural experiment. NIHR Public Health Research funding board £434,000
  15. 2017-2020 Forrester, D., Scourfield, J., Evans, R., Moore, G., Robling, M., Kemp, A. What Works Centre for Social Care - Research partner grant. Department of Education. £4,850,000
  16. 2017-2019 Lyons, R. et al. National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research. Health and Care Research Wales. £1,500,000
  17. 2016-2019 Morgan K (fellow) & Moore G (academic mentor) Long term implementation and effectiveness of the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales. Health & Care Research Wales Post-doctoral Fellowship. £279,000
  18. 2016-2018 Moore L, Moore G (Cardiff lead) et al. Exploratory trials of complex interventions: development of guidance for researchers. MRC Methodology Research Programme. £250,000
  19. 2015-2017 Hawkins J (PI), Moore G (Principal co-applicant) et al. The use of accelerometry-based activity monitors and linked web portal to enhance long-term maintenance of physical activity in adults: A pilot trial in an exercise referral setting. Health and Care Research Wales £240,000
  20. 2016 Fone D, Paranjothy S, and Moore G. Children of CHALICE: risk factors for alcohol-related emergency admission to hospital in children and young people’. Wellcome Trust £16,802
  21. 2014-2016 Fletcher et al Pilot trial of the Filter FE Challenge. NIHR Public Health Research £340,000
  22. 2013-2016 Moore GF Population Health Scientist Fellowship, Medical Research Council. £250,000
  23. 2013-2014 Moore GF, Holliday J & Moore L Research into children’s exposure to secondhand smoke in cars. Welsh Government. £90,000
  24. 2012-2014 Baird, J, Audrey, S, Barker, M, Bonell, C, Bond, L, Hardeman, W, Moore, GF, Moore, L, Wight, D. Development of guidance for process evaluations of complex interventions. MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network £34,000
  25. 2011-2012 Murphy, S, Moore, GF. & Moore, L. A Pilot Study of Alcohol Policy & Social Norms in Welsh Universities. Alcohol Education & Research Council £82,490


I currently supervise 6 PhD students, and have supervised a number of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the Schools of Medicine and Social Sciences.

I am interested in supervising research projects in areas including:

  • tobacco control and young people's perceptions of smoking;
  • mechanisms underpinning socioeconomic inequalities in young people's health and health behaviour;
  • school-based health improvement intervention;
  • associations between, and common determinants in, health and educational outcomes of school pupils;
  • intervention-generated-inequalities in health;
  • intervention development/evaluation methods