David Buck

Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities

David works in the policy team.

Before joining the Fund, David worked at the Department of Health as deputy director for health inequalities. He managed the Labour government's PSA target on health inequalities and the independent Marmot Review of inequalities in health. While in the Department he worked on many policy areas – including on diabetes, long-term conditions, dental health, waiting times, the pharmaceutical industry, childhood obesity and choice and competition – as an economic and strategy adviser. He has also worked at Guy's Hospital, King’s College London and the Centre for Health Economics in York where his focus was on the economics of public health and behaviours and incentives.


Clustering of lifestyle risk behaviours among residents of forty deprived neighbourhoods in London: Lessons for targeting public health interventions

A longitudinal study in Norfolk, UK, which followed 20,244 men and women for an average of 11 years found that those who had all four lifestyle risk behaviours (smoking and non-adherence to government guidelines on alcohol consumption, diet and physical activity, respectively) were four times more likely to have died at follow-up compared with those who had none of the lifestyle risk behaviours.