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Professor Michaela Benzeval Director, Understanding Society, University of Essex

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Email
mjbenz@essex.ac.uk
Telephone
01206 873983
Office
2N2.5A.12

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

My profiles are on Google Scholar here, ResearchGate here and my Orchid page is here.

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Research Interests

  • 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:

 

 


Latest Blog Posts


    Publications

    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 78 in total

    1. Understanding families' lives across the lifecourse: the value of panel studies. Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study

      Michaela Benzeval

      1. Life Course Analysis
      2. Surveys
      3. Sociology Of Households
    2. Briefing note COVID-19 Survey: the economic effects

      Thomas F. Crossley, Michaela Benzeval, Jonathan Burton, et al.

      1. Lone Parents
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Poverty
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Income Dynamics
      8. Savings And Assets
      9. Wages And Earnings
      10. Household Economics
      11. Debt: Indebtedness
      12. Health
      13. Finance
      14. Caregiving
      15. Covid 19
    3. Briefing note COVID-19 survey: health and caring

      Michaela Benzeval, Cara L. Booker, Jonathan Burton, et al.

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Social Stratification
      7. Caregiving
      8. Covid 19
    4. Briefing note COVID-19 survey: home schooling

      Michaela Benzeval, Magda Borkowska, Jonathan Burton, et al.

      1. Information And Communication Technologies
      2. Time Use
      3. Young People
      4. Education
      5. Child Development
      6. Households
      7. Household Economics
      8. Health
      9. Covid 19
    5. How Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic

      Jonathan Burton, Peter Lynn, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Households
      2. Survey Methodology
      3. Health
      4. Surveys
      5. Covid 19
    6. Unravelling the ‘immigrant health paradox’: ethnic maintenance, discrimination, and health behaviours of the foreign born and their children in England

      Renee Reichl Luthra, Alita Nandi, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Social Groups
      3. Social Networks
      4. Migration
      5. Ethnic Groups
      6. Health
      7. Social Behaviour
      8. Race Relations
    7. The idiosyncratic impact of an aggregate shock: the distributional consequences of COVID-19

      Michaela Benzeval, Jonathan Burton, Thomas F. Crossley, et al.

      1. Demography
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Poverty
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Survey Methodology
      8. Income Dynamics
      9. Savings And Assets
      10. Wages And Earnings
      11. Household Economics
      12. Debt: Indebtedness
      13. Ethnic Groups
      14. Health
      15. Finance
      16. Social Stratification
      17. Covid 19
    8. The representativeness of Understanding Society

      Michaela Benzeval, Christopher R. Bollinger, Jonathan Burton, et al.

    9. Population priorities for successful aging: a randomized vignette experiment

      Elise Whitley, Michaela Benzeval, and Frank Popham

      1. Older People
      2. Demography
      3. Survey Methodology
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Life Course Analysis
    10. Socioeconomic patterning of vaping by smoking status among UK adults and youth

      Michael J. Green, Linsay Gray, Helen Sweeting, et al.

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Science And Technology
      3. Demography
      4. Health
      5. Social Stratification
    11. Educational differentials in key domains of physical activity by ethnicity, age and sex: a cross-sectional study of over 40 000 participants in the UK household longitudinal study (2013–2015)

      Meg E. Fluharty, Snehal M. Pinto Pereira, Michaela Benzeval, et al.

      1. Demography
      2. Education
      3. Health
      4. Sport
      5. Commuting
      6. Travel
    12. Integrated data: research potential and data quality

      Michaela Benzeval, Christopher R. Bollinger, Jonathan Burton, et al.

    13. Enhancing data around early life in Understanding Society: scientific opportunities and considerations

      Michaela Benzeval

      1. Young People
      2. Child Development
      3. Households
      4. Childbearing: Fertility
      5. Survey Methodology
      6. Research
      7. Life Course Analysis
      8. Surveys
      9. Biology
    14. Are flexible work arrangements associated with lower levels of chronic stress-related biomarkers? A study of 6025 employees in the UK Household Longitudinal Study

      Tarani Chandola, Cara L. Booker, Meena Kumari, et al.

      1. Sociology Of Labour
      2. Labour Market
      3. Well Being
      4. Health
      5. Caregiving
      6. Biology
    15. The association between self-rated health and underlying biomarker levels is modified by age, gender, and household income: evidence from Understanding Society – the UK Household Longitudinal Study

      M. Pia Chaparro, Amanda Hughes, Meena Kumari, et al.

      1. Social Groups
      2. Demography
      3. Income Dynamics
      4. Health
      5. Biology

    Media

    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 25 in total

    1. Britons with life-threatening conditions denied care during pandemic

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Social Stratification
      7. Caregiving
      8. Covid 19
    2. The health impact of the pandemic: NHS hospital treatments for long-term health conditions fall by over 60% in April

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Social Stratification
      7. Caregiving
      8. Covid 19
    3. Black, minority Britons hit hardest by COVID job losses, researchers say

      1. Demography
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Poverty
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Survey Methodology
      8. Income Dynamics
      9. Savings And Assets
      10. Wages And Earnings
      11. Household Economics
      12. Debt: Indebtedness
      13. Ethnic Groups
      14. Health
      15. Finance
      16. Social Stratification
      17. Covid 19
    4. Coronavirus hitting BAME and single parent families worst financially

      1. Demography
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Poverty
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Survey Methodology
      8. Income Dynamics
      9. Savings And Assets
      10. Wages And Earnings
      11. Household Economics
      12. Debt: Indebtedness
      13. Ethnic Groups
      14. Health
      15. Finance
      16. Social Stratification
      17. Covid 19
    5. BAME and single-parent families worst hit financially by Covid-19

      1. Demography
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Poverty
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Survey Methodology
      8. Income Dynamics
      9. Savings And Assets
      10. Wages And Earnings
      11. Household Economics
      12. Debt: Indebtedness
      13. Ethnic Groups
      14. Health
      15. Finance
      16. Social Stratification
      17. Covid 19
    6. 60% of cancer patients miss treatment during first month of the pandemic

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Social Stratification
      7. Caregiving
      8. Covid 19
    7. E-cigarettes may be helping disadvantaged smokers to quit

    8. Social inequalities in vaping: why smoking matters

    9. Working mothers disproportionately more stressed, study claims

    10. Full-time working mothers are 40% more stressed, study finds

    11. Working moms 40% more stressed than women without kids: study

    12. Full-time working moms with two kids are highly stressed: study

    13. Working mothers ‘up to 40% more stressed’

    14. How to fix health by looking upstream: 5 must-reads

    15. How your blood may predict your future health


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