Tāmaki Innovation Campus


Professor Peter Adams Professor Peter Adams

Professor Peter Adams has been awarded a Marsden grant of $825,000 in this year’s round.

His study titled ‘Shaping Public Policy: Mixed Methods Study of Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling and Food Industry Points of Influence with Policy Makers’, looks at how relationships are formed between industry and politicians in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, gambling and food, and the way these relationships are used to influence policy.

Professor Adams’ career includes 13 years as a clinical psychologist during which he developed specialist expertise in the area of addictive behaviour and violence.

“This led me into playing an active and often leadership role in community initiatives that included forming a violence collective, establishing innovations in mental health and addiction services, chairing the Problem Gambling Foundation and fostering a variety of workforce initiatives with a community focus.”

“From 1991 on, I brought this enthusiasm for community development into the University, and developed postgraduate training programmes on addiction practice and alcohol and drug teaching in our medical programme.”

Professor Adams is Deputy Head of the School of Population Health and Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research.