University of Stirling

United Kingdom

The University of Stirling is an international university with pioneering spirit and a global reputation for high-quality teaching and research. Founded in 1967, the University of Stirling has always been driven by transformative thinking and a will of innovation. Its aim is to be recognised across the world as a University that addresses the needs of society through innovative and interdisciplinary research, learning and teaching of the highest quality, and by sharing its knowledge with the world.

The core strength of the University of Stirling is the people. To build on our success, they invest in the best staff from around the world to deliver on the ambitious strategies for research, teaching and international partnerships. The Institute for Social Marketing (ISM) is the UK’s leading social marketing research centre, bringing over 35 years' experience to the study and dissemination of social marketing theory and practice. ISM conducts research in three areas:

- The use of social marketing concepts and theory to understand health behaviour and to inform the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions.
- The critical examination of the effects of commercial marketing on health and society.
- The impact of policies to control commercial marketing and to protect public health.

Sean Semple

Sean joined the Institute of Social Marketing in January 2018 after 20 years working at the University of Aberdeen. He is interested in human exposure science with particular emphasis on the health effects of indoor air pollution, tobacco control research, and occupational epidemiology. His translational research work is focused on air quality measurement and interventions relating to second-hand smoke, biomass fuel smoke and workplace inhalation hazards.

Rachel O’Donnell

Dr Rachel O’Donnell is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling. After completing her first degree in Psychology, and her PhD on Quality of life and Severe Neurological Disability at the University of Roehampton, London, Rachel moved to Edinburgh and worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh. Over the past 15 years Rachel has worked extensively in tobacco control. She has research expertise relating to the development of health behaviour change interventions, and her recent research focuses on interventions aimed at reducing children’s exposure to second-hand smoke in the home. Rachel has qualitative research expertise, and has a long track-record of conducting research with health service users, and with individuals living in areas of social disadvantage. Rachel has a number of publications in the area of smoke-free homes research.

Ruaraidh Dobson

Ruaraidh is a Research Assistant at the Institute for Social Marketing, with a focus on exposure assessment of second-hand smoke and other sources of indoor air pollution. He joined the ISM in January 2018 following two and a half years at the Scottish Centre for Indoor Air, University of Aberdeen.