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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 Kings 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 peoples social and economic circumstances with health over their life course
  • The role of macro contexts, particularly the policy environment, in shaping the links between peoples 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 85 in total

    1. Mental health and health behaviours before and during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown: longitudinal analyses of the UK Household Longitudinal Study

      Claire L. Niedzwiedz, Michael James Green, Michaela Benzeval, et al.

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Psychology
      3. Demography
      4. Public Policy
      5. Well Being
      6. Health
      7. Covid 19
    2. Understanding Society at 10 years

      Lucinda Platt, Gundi Knies, Renee Reichl Luthra, et al.

      1. Social Groups
      2. Area Effects
      3. Geography
      4. Interdisciplinarity: Social Sciences
      5. Survey Methodology
      6. Research
      7. Health
      8. Life Course Analysis
      9. Surveys
      10. Sociology
      11. Biology
      12. Genetics
      13. Covid 19
    3. Mental health and health behaviours before and during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown: longitudinal analyses of the UK Household Longitudinal Study

      Claire L. Niedzwiedz, Michael J. Green, Michaela Benzeval, et al.

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Psychology
      3. Demography
      4. Public Policy
      5. Well Being
      6. Health
      7. Covid 19
    4. Briefing note COVID-19 survey: family relationships

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

      1. Psychology
      2. Time Use
      3. Young People
      4. Education
      5. Labour Market
      6. Public Policy
      7. Well Being
      8. Health
      9. Social Behaviour
      10. Sociology Of Households
      11. Caregiving
      12. Social Psychology
      13. Covid 19
    5. The mental health impact of COVID-19 and pandemic related stressors among adults in the UK

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

      1. Psychology
      2. Households
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Covid 19
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. When does hate hurt the most? Generational differences in the association between ethnic and racial harassment, ethnic attachment, and mental health

      Alita Nandi, Renee Reichl Luthra, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Social Groups
      2. Area Effects
      3. Social Networks
      4. Psychology
      5. Geography
      6. Demography
      7. Migration
      8. Ethnic Groups
      9. Well Being
      10. Social Psychology
      11. Race Relations
    14. The representativeness of Understanding Society

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

    15. 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

    Media

    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 27 in total

    1. The Understanding Society Covid-19 study

      1. Survey Methodology
      2. Health
      3. Surveys
      4. Covid 19
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. Observing, understanding and improving society - for everyone

      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. 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
    9. E-cigarettes may be helping disadvantaged smokers to quit

    10. Social inequalities in vaping: why smoking matters

    11. Working mothers disproportionately more stressed, study claims

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

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

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

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


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