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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 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.

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:

See here for pre-2013 publications


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    Publications

    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 61 in total

    1. Neighborhood deprivation and biomarkers of health in Britain: the mediating role of the physical environment

      M. Pia Chaparro, Michaela Benzeval, Elizabeth Richardson, et al.

      1. Area Effects
      2. Geography
      3. Health
      4. Biology
    2. 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
    3. Social patterning in grip strength and in its association with age; a cross sectional analysis using the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS)

      Caroline Carney and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Medicine
      2. Health
      3. Life Course Analysis
      4. Social Stratification
      5. Biology
    4. The income-health gradient: evidence from self-reported health and biomarkers in Understanding Society

      Apostolos Davillas, Andrew M. Jones, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Medicine
      2. Economics
      3. Health
      4. Biology
    5. Associations of successful aging with socioeconomic position across the life-course: the West of Scotland Twenty-07 prospective cohort study

      Elise Whitley, Michaela Benzeval, and Frank Popham

      1. Older People
      2. Health
      3. Life Course Analysis
      4. Social Stratification
    6. The use of new technologies to measure socio-economic and environmental concepts in longitudinal studies

      Annette Jäckle, Alessandra Gaia, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Information And Communication Technologies
      2. Science And Technology
      3. Survey Methodology
      4. Surveys
    7. Mixing modes and measurement methods in longitudinal studies

      Annette Jäckle, Alessandra Gaia, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Information And Communication Technologies
      2. Science And Technology
      3. Economics
      4. Survey Methodology
      5. Surveys
    8. Causal effects of transitions to adult roles on early adult smoking and drinking: evidence from three cohorts

      Michael J. Green, Alastair H. Leyland, Helen Sweeting, et al.

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Young People
      3. Education
      4. Labour Market
      5. Life Course Analysis
      6. Social Behaviour
    9. A guide to the biomarker data in the CLOSER studies. A catalogue across cohort and longitudinal studies

      Milagros Ruiz, Michaela Benzeval, and Meena Kumari

      1. Science And Technology
      2. Health
      3. Surveys
      4. Biology
    10. Biomarker, genetics and epigenetics data

      Meena Kumari, Melissa Smart, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Science And Technology
      2. Surveys
      3. Biology
      4. Genetics
    11. Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: results from methodological experiments

      Michaela Benzeval, Annamaria Bianchi, Mike Brewer, et al.

    12. Socio-economic inequalities in C-reactive protein and fibrinogen across the adult age span: findings from Understanding Society

      Apostolos Davillas, Michaela Benzeval, and Meena Kumari

      1. Science And Technology
      2. Health
      3. Life Course Analysis
      4. Social Stratification
      5. Biology
    13. Genome-wide analysis of health-related biomarkers in the UK Household Longitudinal Study reveals novel associations

      Bram P. Prins, Karoline B. Kuchenbaecker, Yanchun Bao, et al.

      1. Science And Technology
      2. Health
      3. Biology
      4. Genetics
    14. The income-health gradient: evidence from self-reported health and biomarkers using longitudinal data on income

      Apostolos Davillas, Andrew M. Jones, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Medicine
      2. Economics
      3. Health
      4. Biology
    15. Insomnia symptoms as a cause of type 2 diabetes Incidence: a 20 year cohort study

      Michael J. Green, Colin A. Espie, Frank Popham, et al.


    Media

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    2. How your blood may predict your future health

    3. Healthy and unhealthy connections: our biology influences our health and lives, while the environments in which we live alter our biology

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