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I am a political sociologist with interests in the commercial determinants of health and corporate harm.

Research Interests

My research explores the interdependencies between global health policy, evidence-based policy-making, corporate political influence and social harm. My current work covers: the relationship between corporations, science, and policy-related evidence; business influence in shaping the underlying administrative architecture of policy-making; the intersections of corporate political influence, international trade and investment agreements and public policy; and the political uses of corporate social responsibility.

Teaching Activity

I currently teach Health Policy and Corporate Power.

PhD Supervision

I am open to supervising PhD students with an interest in the commercial determinants of health, health and public policy, corporate influence in public policy, business regulation, business involvement in health services, and corporate social responsibility.

Contact Details

Room: NW922f
Phone:  0121 204 4474
Email: g.fooks@aston.ac.uk
Office Hours:  TBC

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Gary Fooks is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Tobacco Industry Medicine & Life Sciences
Tobacco Medicine & Life Sciences
Industry Medicine & Life Sciences
Product Packaging Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Policy Medicine & Life Sciences
Policy Making Medicine & Life Sciences
Politics Medicine & Life Sciences
nicotine Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2019

Corporations' use and misuse of evidence to influence health policy: A case study of sugar-sweetened beverage taxation

Fooks, G. J., Williams, S., Box, G. & Sacks, G., 25 Sep 2019, In : Globalization and health. 15, 1, 56.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Policy

Reply to the article: “What principles should guide interactions between population health researchers and the food industry? Systematic scoping review of peer-reviewed and grey literature”

Mialon, M., Fabbri, A. & Fooks, G., 1 Oct 2019, In : Obesity Reviews. 20, 10, p. 1504-1506 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Can't see the woods for the trees: Exploring the range and connection of tobacco industry argumentation in the 2012 UK standardised packaging consultation

Lie, J. L. Y., Fooks, G., De Vries, N. K., Heijndijk, S. M. & Willemsen, M. C., 25 Jul 2017, In : Tobacco Control. 27, 4, p. 448-454 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobacco Industry
Product Packaging
Referral and Consultation

Controlling corporate influence in health policy making? An assessment of the implementation of article 5.3 of the World Health Organization framework convention on tobacco control

Fooks, G. J., Smith, J., Lee, K. & Holden, C., 8 Mar 2017, In : Globalization and health. 13, 20 p., 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Policy Making
Health Policy
Open Access
European Union