Iain Atherton

Iain Atherton

Dr Iain Atherton



Dr Atherton is a Reader in Nursing with expertise in population health. He is also Deputy Director of the ESRC funded Administrative Data Research Centre-Scotland, a position he has held since January 2017.

After working in clinical practice in a range of specialities, he went on to study demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before completing a PhD at the University of St Andrews. He is interested in the interaction between health care practitioners in their day-to-day work and large-scale population trends. These interests are reflected in his research and teaching.


Conference Activity

  • Organiser symposium on ‘Big Data’, RCN Research Conference, University of Nottingham. Notes: Participation by academics from University of Nottingham, University of Hull, University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh University, and Edinburgh Napier Unive
  • Invited to sit on Scientific Advisory Panel for NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference (2015)


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Advisory Group for the journal Nurse Education Today


Grant Reviewer

  • Funding proposals reviewed for ESRC, Chief Scientists Office for Scotland, and Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare


Invited Speaker

  • Medical and Nursing Faculties, University of Queensland, Australia (April 2016).
  • NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Netherlands (June 2014).
  • NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Brisbane Australia (April 2016).
  • Scottish Longitudinal Studies Roadshow
  • Health and homelessness Conference, NHS Edinburgh, August, 2011.
  • Scotstat Data Linkage Conference, Edinburgh (2012).
  • Scottish Blackboard Users Group (Scot-BUG) (2014).


Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD examination
  • PhD Examination
  • MRes examination



  • Peer review of journals: BMJ, Ageing and Society, Social Science and Medicine, Nursing and Health, Nursing Standard,and Population Space and Place.
  • Member of Nursing and Midwifery Council Thought Leadership Group
  • Appointed to Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College (2015)



  • Leading ESRC funded seminar series on the contribution of the Social Sciences to Nurse Education (Ongoing - see Research Grants section).


Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Supervision of PhD