Dolly Theis

phd student at Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)


PhD Student, Cambridge University MRC Epidemiology Unit

Dolly is completing her PhD at Cambridge University's MRC Epidemiology Unit. Her research focuses on what influences government policymaking in relation to public health, including examining the role of policy entrepreneurs and the evidence they use.

Before starting her PhD, Dolly completed an MPhil in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. She was previously lead researcher on childhood obesity and grassroots sport at the Centre for Social Justice think tank in Westminster and was a Parliamentary researchers in the House of Lords between 2010 and 2013.

Dolly is on the Board of the Big Tent Foundation, which runs annual non-partisan political ideas festivals across the UK. In 2017, she co-founded 50:50 Parliament's #AskHerToStand campaign, helping women from all parties stand for Parliament. During her undergraduate degree Dolly co-founded the Cube Movement, the first social network against modern-day slavery and remains a Company Director for the campaign's parent charity, the Red Light Campaign. She is also an Ambassador of military veterans charity Forward Assist, based in the Nort East, and ex-offenders employment charity Tempus Novo, based in Leeds.