Dr Adrian Davis has spent over 30 years working on transport and health and is internationally recognised as an expert in the field. He was a founder member of the Transport and Health Study Group in 1988, has been a consultant to Dept Health, Dept Transport, World Health Organisation, and other public bodies. He drafted the BMA’s first transport policy report in 1997 and the transport paper for Sir Donald Acheson’s Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health, in 1998. He prepared policy papers for WHO Europe for the 4th Environment & Health Ministers Conference in London in 2000. He helped Sustrans establish it’s health programme and active travel team in 2001. Between 2009-11 Adrian was an adviser to the South West Region public health team. Over a more sustained period he has represented the public health team of NHS Bristol within Bristol City Council (now part of the Council), being embedded into the City’s Transport department from April 2008 to March 2019 (when current contract ends). During this time he has represented NHS Bristol on the Programme Development Group to develop guidance for NICE on walking and cycling. Initiator and evidence advisor for the implementation and development of the 20mph programme in Bristol (2010-date), Adrian then co-authored the Council’s Safe Systems Road Safety Plan in 2015 https://www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/road-safety-plans.
Adrian was a member of the research team at University of Bristol funded by the National Institute for Health Research undertaking a full scale study of walking to work. In 2012-13 he worked on a 6 months contract providing public health support to the Sustainable Transport and Equalities team within the Dept. Transport. Then, for the first half of 2015 worked for PHE in drafting briefings on active travel and health and related topics. In 2017 he has acted as an Expert Advisor to Transport for London.
Peer reviewed papers address social marketing and 20mph, incentivisation for walking to work, and the meaning of evidence across different professions. In 2015 the book Planning for Health and Wellbeing (Routledge) was published which included a chapter The fall and rise of active travel by Adrian and Professor John Parkin, UWE. In 2018 Adrian co-wrote a chapter Translating Evidence into Practice (with Marcus Grant) in the book Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning, edited by Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Haneen Khreis,
Adrian has a first degree in history and sociology, and a PhD in inter-sectoral collaboration on transport and health. The latter involved a comparative study of three European cities involved in Health For All and Healthy Cities (Sheffield UK), Copenhagen (DK) and Groningen (NT). In 2010 he was made a Fellow through Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health for his work. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England (UWE), and in July 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by UWE in recognition of his multi-disciplinary approach and collaboration on transport and health. He can sometimes be found in Bristol Business School where he works part time, linking transport and health through the application on social marketing. He has ‘L’ Plates as a social marketing ‘trainee’ under the tutorship of Professor Alan Tapp.
Adrian is also Professor of Transport & Health (part-time) at the Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University https://www.napier.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/research-search?q=Transport+Research+Institute , and holds an Honorary Fellowship with the Moray House School of Education & Sport at the University of Edinburgh where he is associated with the Physical Activity and Health Research Centre https://www.ed.ac.uk/education/rke/centres-groups/pahrc .
Adrian is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport and Health. http://ees.elsevier.com/jth He describes himself as a boundary spanner.