Professor Don Nutbeam, PhD, FFPH

Professor Don Nutbeam became the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton on 1 October 2009. A University of Southampton alumnus, he has returned to lead the university where he completed his postgraduate education in the 1980s.

Professor Nutbeam is a world-renowned expert on public health, and over his thirty-year research career has made a substantial international impact on the theory, science and practice of health promotion. He has held leadership positions in universities, government and health services. Before moving back to Southampton, he was Academic Provost at the University of Sydney.

Research interests

Professor Nutbeam’s main research interests are public health intervention, health literacy and adolescent health behaviour. As Vice-Chancellor, he remains actively involved with public health research, continuing work with colleagues internationally on health literacy, and the social, economic and environmental determinants of ageing.

A Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Professor Nutbeam is a highly cited author, with over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and two popular public health text books.

Policy impacts

Professor Nutbeam has contributed substantially to national and international health policy as a public servant and through international advisory roles. As the Head of Public Health at the UK Department of Health (2000–2003), he was the driving force behind a cross-government programme to tackle health inequality in the UK. He has worked as an advisor and consultant for the World Health Organization over 20 years and also as consultant and team leader in projects for the World Bank.


Professor Nutbeam is married and has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys sport – particularly football, rugby, skiing and tennis. He has recently taken up golf, and is a keen vegetable gardener.

"I feel very privileged to be returning as Vice-Chancellor to the University where I completed my postgraduate education."

Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor
Professor Don Nutbeam

Professor Don Nutbeam

University of Southampton Vice-Chancellor