Prof Michaela Benzeval Director of Understanding Society, University of Essex

Michaela Benzeval

Michaela is Professor of Longitudinal Research and the Director and Principal Investigator of Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study and 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.

Michaela’s research interests focus on the social and economic determinants of health across the lifecourse and the measurement of health in social surveys.

In 2022 Michaela was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and she was awarded a CBE in the 2024 New Year’s Honours List.

Michaela’s profiles are on Google Scholar here, ResearchGate here, Orcid here

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