Kirsten Budig

Kirsten Budig

Associate Director of Research and Policy; Programme Lead, cardiovascular health

‘From the Black Forest to London… my desire for kirsch may have dried up, but my thirst for improving health policy continues to grow.’


Kirsten joined The Health Policy Partnership in April 2017 and was promoted to the role of Associate Director of Research and Policy in January 2022. She leads our programme of work in cardiovascular health, including the Heart Failure Policy Network, having previously worked in areas including oncology and osteoporosis.

Kirsten has a strong interest in non-communicable diseases and their causes. Before joining HPP, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Health and Society in Newcastle upon Tyne. She worked on the formative evaluation of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, Healthier You, in England.

She was previously part of the Social and Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Group in Madrid, where she worked on research into urban environments and cardiovascular health.

Kirsten completed an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s in European Public Health at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, and the Andalusian School of Public Health, University of Granada. She also holds a BA in Medical Anthropology and Instructional Design from the University of Freiburg in Germany.

She is fluent in German, English and Spanish.