I'm a British physician and global health consultant trained at Bristol University, Harvard School of Public Health, the Kennedy School of Government, and MIT. I work in global health policy and have experience with the Harvard Health Systems Cluster, Public Health England, Oxford University, and the World Health Organisation where I'm currently working as a primary care consultant.
As an Oxford Academic Clinical Fellow I'm training as a GP alongside my global policy work. I sit on the RCGP Thames Valley Faculty board and I'm an editorial board member at the British Journal of General Practice (the world's highest ranked primary care journal). I'm the international lead for the Faculty of Public Health special interest group on Primary Care and Public Health.
Primary health care
GP Academic Clinical Fellowship
I work at Hedena health centre in Oxford seeing patients on a weekly basis. As an academic fellow I work with Prof Trish Greenhalgh at the Department of Primary Care, and as a research associate at Green Templeton College.
My research and practice centre on integrating public health and primary care to address local social determinants of health.
World Health Orgnisation
I work at the intersection of health, politics, and economics - specialising in population-level prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
I have worked for the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Non-Communicable Diseases but now spend most of my time with WHO Europe and the HQ primary health care team.
Speaking truth to power
The health-poverty nexus is a burning social injustice. I lobby for evidence-based public policy through harrying elected representatives and writing in journals and the popular press.
I have lobbied policymakers at Westminster, the US Congress and Senate, the European Parliament, and the 2018 UN General Assembly side-event on disruptive innovations.
Goiana-da-Silva F, Cruz-e-Silva D, Allen L, Nunes AM, Calhau C, Rito A, Bento A, Miraldo M, Darzi A. Portugal’s voluntary food reformulation agreement and the WHO reformulation targets. Journal of Global Health. 2019 Dec;9(2).
Goiana-da-Silva F, Cruz-e-Silva D, Allen L, Gregório MJ, Severo M, Nogueira PJ, Nunes AM, Graça P, Lopes C, Miraldo M, Breda J. Modelling impacts of food industry co-regulation on noncommunicable disease mortality, Portugal. WHO Bulletin. 2019. Jul 1;97:7.
Hatefi A, Allen LN. Donors, non-communicable diseases and universal health coverage to high-quality healthcare: an opportunity for action on global functions for health. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2018. 72:665-667.
Williams J, Allen LN, Wickramasinghe K, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Townsend N. A systematic review of associations between non-communicable diseases and socioeconomic status within low-and lower-middle-income countries. Journal of Global Health. 2018. Dec;8(2).
Allen LN, Pullar J, Wickramasinghe K, Williams J, Roberts N, Mikkelsen B, Varghese C, Townsend N. Evaluation of research on interventions aligned to WHO ‘Best Buys’ for NCDs in Low- and Lower-Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review from 1990-2015. BMJ Global Health. 2018. 3: e000535.
Allen LN, Pullar J, Wickramasinghe K, Williams J, Foster C, Roberts N, Mikkelsen B, Varghese C, Townsend N. Are WHO “best buys” for non-communicable diseases effective in low-income and lower-middle-income countries? A systematic review. Lancet Global Health. 2017. 5; s17 (conference abstract).
Pullar J, Allen L, Townsend N, Williams J, Foster C, Roberts N, Rayner M, Mikkelsen B, Branca F, Wickramasinghe K. The impact of poverty reduction and development interventions on non-communicable diseases and their behavioural risk factors in low and lower-middle income countries: a systematic review. PloS one. 2018. Feb 23;13(2):e0193378.
Allen LN, Fox N, Ambrose A. Quantifying research output on poverty and non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors in low-income and lower middle-income countries: a bibliometric analysis. BMJ Open. 2017. Nov 1;7(11):e014715.
Allen LN, Townsend N, Williams J, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Wickramasinghe K. Socioeconomic status and alcohol use in low-and lower-middle income countries: A systematic review. Alcohol. 2018. Aug 1;70:23-31.
Allen L, Williams J, Townsend N, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Foster C, Wickramasinghe K. Socioeconomic status and non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors in low-income and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review. Lancet Global Health. 2017. March 5 (3): e277-e289.
Pullar J, Allen LN, Townsend N, Williams J, Foster C, Roberts N, Mikkelsen B, Wickramasinghe K. Poverty and development interventions that address behavioural risk factors of non-communicable diseases in low- and lower middle-income countries: a systematic review. The Lancet. 2016. November 388; S97 (conference abstract)
Allen LN, Milton K. Beyond the consultation room: GPs and physical activity. Response to Brooks, Ahmad, Easton. Promoting physical activity: the general practice agenda. British Journal of General Practice. 2016. 66;(652):558-558.
WHO documents for the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, Astana, 2018
Contributor and coordinating editor
Initial drafting (with Dr Ghazanfar Khan)
G7 Primary Health Care Universal Knowledge Initiative: Gavi, Global Fund, OECD, World Bank & WHO Joint report. December 2019.
Non-peer reviewed publications
Allen LN, Løge B, Wickramasinghe K, Breda J. Modelling the impact of national policies on noncommunicable disease (NCD) mortality using PRIME. WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases. 2019.
Contribution to book chapter 'Public health advocacy for the prevention of NCDs' in: Rayner M, Wickramasinghe K, Williams J, Mendis S, McColl K, editors. An Introduction to Population-Level Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases. Oxford University Press; 2017.
Bosch S, Wickramasinghe K, Allen LN. Policy Prioritisation Tool. WHO. 2015.
Allen LN. Improving coordination of chronic disease management through bundled payment in the Netherlands. WHO Europe. 2015.
Allen LN, Kumbhar K, Jarvis J. Advocacy and Action: Catalysing grassroots social change in the face of NCDs. Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network. 2015.
Upcoming and under review
Goiana-da-Silva F, Cruz-e-Silva D, Allen LN, Calhau C, Rito A, Bento A, Miraldo M, Darzi A. Effect of the Portuguese sugar-sweetened beverages tax on obesity incidence across different age groups. PLOS Medicine.
Allen LN, Rayner M, Briggs A, Wickramasinghe K. Health-related food taxes: An implementation manual. WHO.
Zia Saleh, Anna Bunova, Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Anna Kontsevaya, Boris Gornyy, Carina Ferreira-Borges, Luke Allen, Oxana Drapkina and João Breda. Modelling the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol pricing policies on non-communicable disease mortality in Russia. Lancet GH.
Allen LN, et al. Political guide to eliminating trans fats from the human food supply. WHO.
Allen LN. The Commercial Determinants of Health. In: Haring R, Kickbusch I, Ganten D, Moeti M, editors. The Handbook of Global Health. Springer Nature.
Experience and Education
I studied medicine at Bristol and completed an intercalated BSc in International Health (top of class).
Whilst working as a junior doctor in Cornwall I completed my PGCE in Clinical Education with merit at Plymouth University.
In 2015 I completed my Masters in Public Health at Harvard, specialising in Global Health. I also completed the Public Health Leadership concentration. Over the year I studied at the Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government, Oxford University, and MIT.
WHO Primary Health Care - Oxford and Geneva with international travel
Consultant: August 2018 - present
Oxford University and NHS joint appointment - Oxford
GP Academic Clinical Fellow: August 2016 - present
WHO Europe - Copenhagen and Moscow
Consultant: June 2015, and June 2016 - present
Supported the health ministries of Turkey, Portugal, and Russia to model the impact of population-level interventions on chronic disease mortality.
Rapporteur for the Moscow-based workshop on strengthening capacity for noncommunicable disease implementation research in the WHO European Region.
WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Non-Communicable Diseases - Geneva
Consultant: April - June 2016, and February - August 2017
Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford - Oxford
Researcher: July 2015 – August 2017
Geneva Graduate Institute and Rabin Martin Consultancy - Geneva
Researcher: Jan 2015
Harvard Health Systems Cluster - Boston
Research associate: 2014 - 2015
Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network - Boston
Practicum Fellow - Program lead for global NCD advocacy network: 2014 - 2015
Eating Disorders Coalition - Washington DC
Lobbyist (STRIPED Scholar) : Oct 2014