Professor James Thomas

London, UK


Professor James Thomas is Principal Investigator of the Systematic Reviews Facility for the Department of Health, England, which is a large programme of policy-relevant systematic reviews with accompanying methodological development to increase their relevance and applicability for decision-making.

Professor Thomas is a Professor of Social Research and Policy in the Department of Childhood, Families, and Health at the Institute of Education. He is also the Director of the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centres (EPPI-Centre) Reviews Facility for the Department of Health, England. EPPI-Centre is a specialist centre focused on the development of methods and conduct of systematic reviews, as well as investigating how research is used to inform policy, practice and personal decisions.

Research Interest

Professor Thomas’ research is centred on improving policy and decision-making through more creative use and appreciation of existing knowledge. It covers substantive disciplinary fields – such as health promotion, public health and education – and also the development of tools and methods that support this work conducted both within University College London (UCL) and in the wider community.’ (Excerpt from UCL IRIS).

Role in NCOIS

Associate Investigator

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