Dr Peter van der Graaf, Fuse Knowledge Exchange Broker NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow and lead for AskFuse, the responsive research service for public health policy makers and practitioners in NE England.
Peter is an Associate Professor at Northumbria University, where he manages the AskFuse service. He is also an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow.
AskFuse is the rapid response and evaluation service of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, which supports collaborative projects between academics and policy and practice partners in the North East of England and beyond.
His NIHR KMR Fellowship evaluates and support the North East System-Led Improvement approach for Best Start in Life (SLI BSIL), led by the 12 Directors of Public Health in the region to improve the commissioning of early years’ services and the evidence that is used to inform these services.
For both roles, Peter draws upon his extensive career in applying research evidence and translating knowledge from the Social Sciences and Health, both in the Netherlands and the UK.
Peter is interested in the interface between research, practice and policy making and how this interface facilitates (or hinders) social improvement processes at local, regional, national and international levels. He conducts research on knowledge mobilisation in public health, with a focus on the wider determinants of health (e.g. housing, health landscapes, urban regeneration) and how they affect people’s health and wellbeing.