Michaela is Director and Principal Investigator of Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study. She is Professor of Longitudinal Research and also a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. Before joining ISER, Michaela was a Programme Leader, and Research Project Director of the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study, at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow. She has also worked at Queen Mary University of London, East London and City Health Authority, the London School of Economics and the King’s Fund. Michaela studied economics at the University of Bath, and health policy and epidemiology, as well as a PGCAP, at the University of London, and gained her PhD, on income and health, from the University of Glasgow.
Social inequalities in health at different life stages
The underlying social, biological , behavioural and psychological mechanisms that link people’s social and economic circumstances with health over their life course
The role of macro contexts, particularly the policy environment, in shaping the links between people’s lives and their health
Methodological challenges of measuring health in longitudinal social surveys
In addition to Understanding Society, Michaela's current research grants include: