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Simon Moore

Professor Simon Moore

Professor of Public Health Research
Co-Director of the Security, Crime and Intelligence Innovation Institute
Director of Violence Research Group

School of Dentistry

+44 29225 10609
sbarc|spark, Room SCIII, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


Research Theme

Applied Clinical Research & Public Health

Research Groups

Violence Research Group (

Security, Crime and Intelligence Innovation Institute (

Research Interests

Professor of Public Health Research at Cardiff University. He holds an honours degree in sociology and psychology and a PhD in experimental psychology. He has led several large projects mostly concerned with the causes and consequences of violence, alcohol, alcohol-related harm, and substance use. He uses a variety of methodologies, including “big data,” experimental techniques, computer simulation, econometrics, and occasionally qualitative methods. Through this work he aims to bring a multidisciplinary perspective that identifies pathways to harm and identify opportunities to reduce harm. Trustee of the national homeless charity The Wallich. Was publicly appointed by the Welsh Minister for Health as an advisor to the Welsh Government on matters relating to alcohol misuse and substance abuse. Chaired the advisory panel (APOSM) on minimum unit pricing and led the authorship of the report to the Welsh Government. Contributed to reports on tramadol dependency and substance misuse in the elderly. Contributed to the Welsh Government's Public Health White paper (2014).






















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Research Funding

The aim of my research is to translate basic-level, fundamental, science and apply it to the real world in order to improve community safety and the health of our communities. My work is multi-disciplinary, crossing psychology, neuroscience, economics, medicine, public health and other disciplines and typically involves practitioners and policy makers. All projects have a clear impact pathway, whether that is to inform policy and practice directly or to seed further work such as an implementation trial.  Methods include "big data" data linkage projects, randomised controlled trials, computer modelling and simulation and various other approaches


The Emergency Department Violence Intervention Programme Evaluation (EDVIPE) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Public Health Research Board (NIHR134055).

Implementation of Process Evaluation of ED based Violence Prevention Teams is funded by the Youth Endowment Foundation

Recently Completed

2016 to 2018, Principal Investigator "An Evaluation of Alcohol Treatment Centres: Implications for Service Delivery, Patient Benefit and Harm Reduction" National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (14/04/25): £1m with the University of Sheffield.

2015 to 2018, Principal Investigator "Electronic Longitudinal Alcohol Study in Communities (ELAStiC)" Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council and Alcohol Research UK (ES/L015471/1): £1.2M (with Bristol and Swansea Universities)

2015 to 2017, Co-Investigator "Study Abroad Students' Drinking Behaviour: A Mixed Methods Longitudinal Study on Social Norms and Sojourner Adjustment" The European Foundation for Alcohol Research, €80k (with Catholic University of Milan)

2013 to 2018, Co-Investigator "Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence) – renewal grant" British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, the Welsh Government and the Wellcome Trust (MR/K023233/1): £4.4M

2012 to 2015, Principal Investigator "Randomised Controlled Trial of All-Wales Licensed Premises Intervention to Reduce Alcohol-Related Violence" National Institute for Health Research, Public Health Research (10/3010/21): £815k

2011 to 2016, Principal Investigator "Longitudinal study of social and Cognitive Risks for Alcohol Misuse in First Year University Students" The European Foundation for Alcohol Research, €80k

2011 to 2013, Co-Investigator "Knowledge Transfer Partnership: To Determine the Barriers and Facilitators to Embed Alcohol Brief Interventions within the NHS - Leading to a Model for Future Programmes" Welsh Assembly Government, National Health Service, Economic and Social Research Council: £141,000

2008 to 2010, Principal Investigator "A Feasibility Study of a Licensed Premise Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Misuse and Violent Injury" Medical Research Council (G0701758): £442k

2006 to 2009, Co-Principal Investigator "Assessment of Cognitive Models that Inform Deterring Young Vulnerable Gamblers" Economic & Social Research Council (ES/D000483/1): £263k