+ 3 studentship, commenced in 2014 (PhD in Public Health)


About me

After taking degrees in History and Politics at the University of Glasgow and East European Studies at UCL I have completed an MSc in Public Health at LSHTM. During my studies I have participated as research assistant at University of California, Berkeley and at King’s College London in projects investigating ethnic tensions and regionalism in Central Europe.

Prior to my PhD I worked as an analyst for the Polish Health Promotion Foundation, preparing political and historical analyses of tobacco and alcohol legislation in Europe. In 2013 I have become a board member of the Foundation.

In 2014 I was awarded the ESRC Scholarship to pursue doctoral research in Public Health and Policy at LSHTM under the supervision of Prof. Martin McKee and Dr. Martin Gorsky.


My research

My PhD research investigates the history of tobacco control in Central and Eastern Europe during the late Communist and early post-Communist period. I am interested in the role of government, the medical establishment, religious organisations, and NGOs in tackling tobacco harm in Poland between 1980 and 1999.

My collaborations

In collaboration with colleagues and doctoral students at University College London, and with support from the Bloomsbury & UCL ESRC DTC Research Training Funding Scheme we have organised an interdisciplinary conference on 6-7 June 2015. The conference, entitled Platform Ukraine, brought together scholars from the UK and from across Europe to discuss issues emerging from the Ukrainian crisis of 2014, share experiences and practices of research in the post-socialist area and in conflict and post-conflict zones.

The difference my research makes

Smoking continues to be one of the major causes of poor health and premature mortality worldwide. In analysing the case study of Poland, which from the country with the highest smoking prevalence in the world became one of the leaders of tobacco control, I hope to identify historical lessons that can help guide health advocates in countries in which market liberalisation, and the privatisation of tobacco industry, has not yet occurred or is in progress, such as China, or the Middle Eastern and North African countries post-Arab Spring.


Professor Martin McKee: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/mckee.martin

Dr Martin Gorsky: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/gorsky.martin


Zatoński, W., Sulkowska, U., Zatoński, M., Herbeć, A., Muszyńska, M. (2015). Alcohol taxation and premature mortality in Europe [Letter to the editor]. Lancet, 385, p. 1181.

Zatoński, W., Zatoński, M. (2015). Cytisine versus Nicotine for Smoking Cessation [Letter to the editor]. New England Journal of Medicine, 372 (11), p. 1072.

Zatoński, W., Sulkowska, U., Przewoźniak, K., Zatoński, M. (2014). ‘Epidemiologia Nowotworów Złośliwych w Polsce’ [Malignant Cancer Epidemiology in Poland] in Potrykowska A., Strzelecki Z., Szymborski J., Witkowski J. (eds.) Zachorowalność i umieralność na nowotwory a sytuacja demograficzna Polski [Cancer incidence and mortality versus the demographic situation in Poland]. Warsaw: Governmental Population Council.

Zatoński, M. (2014). Review of ‘Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria’ (by Mary C. Neuburger). Slovo, 26 (2), pp. 34-35.

Zatoński, W., Zatoński, M., Przewoźniak, K. (2013). Health Improvement in Poland is contingent on continued extensive tobacco control measures. Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, 20 (2), pp. 405-411.

Zatoński, M. (2013). Tobacco in the official Soviet media between Stalin and Khrushchev [abstract]. Respiratory Medicine, 107 (1), p. S22.

Zatoński, M. (2012). Jewish Politics in the New Poland: The 1922 Elections. Slovo, 24 (1), pp. 19-40.

Zatoński, M. (2009). Is Paternalism towards Adults Justified? [Czy paternalizm wobec dorosłych jest uzasadniony?]. Warsaw, ‘Health Promotion’ Foundation.

External links

LSHTM profile: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/zatonski.mateusz

Academia.edu profile: https://lshtm.academia.edu/MateuszZatonski

Researchgate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mateusz_Zatonski