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Staff Member Biography

Heide Weishaar

position: Research Associate

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7532


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Heide joined the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) in November 2014. Her public health policy research is driven by a deep passion for the improvement of population health and a desire to understand the complex interdependencies of individual, social and political determinants of health. Heide currently uses social network analysis (SNA) to study policy networks, coalition-building and stakeholder interests in the development of European and national public health policy. She brings specific experience in tobacco-related research to her post at SPHSU. Prior to joining the unit, she worked at the University of Edinburgh, from where she also obtained a PhD in Public Health Sciences in 2013 and an MSc in Public Health Research in 2007.

Heide is dedicated to a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to policy-relevant public health research with an impact for practitioners, politicians and civil society. She enjoys working with colleagues from different academic disciplines and institutional backgrounds. She is strongly involved in the organisation of the Social Network Analysis in Scotland Group (SNAS), an inter-institutional forum which promotes and facilitates knowledge exchange and collaboration with regard to SNA. Heide teaches courses on social network research and public health policy.

In addition to social network and health policy research, Heide has an interest in the health of migrants, refugees and vulnerable population groups and previous work experience as a physiotherapist and project coordinator on a humanitarian aid project providing medical assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.



Bain J, Weishaar H, Semple S, Duffy S, Hilton S. Vulnerable children, stigmatised smokers: the social construction of target audiences in media debates on policies regulating smoking in vehicles. Health 2016;[epub ahead of print]

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Patterson C, Hilton S, Weishaar H. Who thinks what about e-cigarette regulation? A content analysis of UK newspapers. Addiction 2016;111:1267-74

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Smith KE, Dorfman L, Freudenberg N, Hawkins B Hilton S, Razum O, Weishaar H. Tobacco, alcohol, and processed food industries: why do public health practitioners view them so differently?. Frontiers in Public Health 2016;4:64

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Weishaar H, Collin J, Amos A. Tobacco control and health advocacy in the European Union: understanding effective coalition-building. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2016;18:122-9

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Weishaar H, Tevisan F, Hilton S. 'Maybe they should regulate them quite strictly until they know the true dangers' A focus group study exploring UK adolescents’ views on e-cigarette regulation. Addiction 2016;111:1637-45

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Razum O, Bozorgmehr K, Wenner J, Weishaar H. The ballad of financial dependency: sponsoring in public health professional societies. European Journal of Public Health 2015;25:754-5

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Smith KE, Fooks G, Gilmore AB, Collin J, Weishaar H. Corporate coalitions and policy making in the European Union: How and why British American Tobacco promoted ‘Better Regulation’. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 2015;40:325-72


Weishaar H, Amos A, Collin J. Capturing complexity: mixing methods in the analysis of a European tobacco control policy network. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 2015;18:175-192

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Weishaar H, Amos A, Collin Jeff. Unpacking commercial sector opposition to European smoke-free policy: lack of unity, ‘fear of association’ and harm reduction debates. Tobacco Control 2015

Weishaar H. The tobacco epidemic and the commercial sector: tobacco industry strategies to increase profits and prevent regulation. In: Loddenkemper R, Kreuter M, editors The tobacco epidemic. Basel: Karger, 2015:27-36.


Weishaar H, Mons U. Rauchen und Tabakkontrolle [smoking and tobacco control]. In: Razum O, Jahn A, Müller O, Zeeb H, editors Global Public Health. Globalisierung – Gerechtigkeit – Gesundheit. Bern: Huber, 2014.


Rueger H, Weishaar H, Ochsmann EB, Letzel S, Muenster E. Factors associated with self-assessed increase in tobacco consumption among over-indebted individuals in Germany: a cross-sectional study. Substance Abuse Treatment Prevention and Policy 2013;8:12


Altenhoener T, Baczkiewicz C, Weishaar H, Kutschmann M. Inequalities in therapeutic treatment during cardiac inpatient rehabilitation in Germany. International Journal of Public Health 2012;57:175-184

Weishaar H, Collin J, Smith K, Gruening T, Mandal S, Gilmore A. Global health governance and the commercial sector: a documentary analysis of tobacco company strategies to influence the WHO framework convention on tobacco control. PLoS Medicine 2012;9:e1001249


Grüning T, Weishaar H, Collin J, Gilmore AB. Tobacco industry attempts to influence and use the German government to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Tobacco Control 2011;21:30-38


Smith KE, Fooks G, Collin J, Weishaar H, Gilmore AB. Is the increasing policy use of Impact Assessment in Europe likely to undermine efforts to achieve healthy public policy?. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2010;64:478-487

Smith KE, Fooks G, Collin J, Weishaar H, Mandal S, Gilmore AB. 'Working the System'- British American Tobacco's influence on the European Union Treaty and its implications for policy: an analysis of internal tobacco industry documents. PLoS Medicine 2010;7:e1000202

Weishaar HB. 'You have to be flexible' coping among polish migrant workers in Scotland. Health & Place 2010;16:820-827


Mandal S, Gilmore AB, Collin J, Weishaar H, Smith K, McKee M. Block, amend, delay: tobacco industry efforts to influence the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC). Brussels, Belgium, 2009

Smith KE, Gilmore AB, Fooks G, Collin J, Weishaar H. Tobacco industry attempts to undermine Article 5.3 and the 'good governance' trap. Tobacco Control 2009;18:509-511


Weishaar H. Is mass media communication sufficient? A systematic review of anti-smoking campaigns. Bielefeld, Germany, 2008

Weishaar HB. Consequences of international migration: a qualitative study on stress among Polish migrant workers in Scotland. Public Health 2008;122:1250-1256