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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.

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:

 

 


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    Publications

    Displaying publications 46 - 60 of 68 in total

    1. The role of smoking for social class inequalities in psychiatric distress across the youth-to-adult transition: a cross-cohort comparison -conference paper abstract-

      Michael Green, Alistair Leyland, Helen Sweeting, et al.

      1. Young People
      2. Well Being
      3. Health
    2. Social class and gender patterning of insomnia symptoms and psychiatric distress: a 20-year prospective cohort study

      Michael J. Green, Colin A. Espie, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Social Groups
      2. Well Being
      3. Health
      4. Social Stratification
    3. Changing gender roles and attitudes and their implications for well-being around the new millennium

      Helen Sweeting, Abita Bhaskar, Michaela Benzeval, et al.

      1. Well Being
      2. Social Behaviour
      3. Social Psychology
    4. The role of health behaviours across the life course in the socioeconomic patterning of all-cause mortality: the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Prospective Cohort Study

      Elise Whitley, G. David Batty, Kate Hunt, et al.

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Health
      3. Life Course Analysis
    5. How does money influence health? - report

      Michaela Benzeval, Lyndal Bond, Mhairi Campbell, et al.

      1. Poverty
      2. Income Dynamics
      3. Health
    6. How does money influence health? - summary

      Michaela Benzeval, Lyndal Bond, Mhairi Campbell, et al.

      1. Poverty
      2. Income Dynamics
      3. Health
    7. Socioeconomic position across the lifecourse and allostatic load: data from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 cohort study

      Tony Robertson, Frank Popham, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Health
      2. Life Course Analysis
      3. Social Stratification
    8. Do mismatches between pre- and post-natal environments influence adult physiological functioning?

      Tony Robertson and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Medicine
      2. Child Development
      3. Health
      4. Biology
    9. The development of socioeconomic inequalities in anxiety and depression symptoms over the lifecourse

      Michael J. Green and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Well Being
      2. Life Course Analysis
    10. Explaining the social patterning of lung function in adulthood at different ages: the roles of childhood precursors, health behaviours and environmental factors

      Linsay A. Gray, Alastair H. Leyland, Michaela Benzeval, et al.

      1. Health
      2. Life Course Analysis
    11. Low forced expiratory volume is associated with blunted cardiac reactions to acute psychological stress in a community sample of middle-aged men and women

      Douglas Carroll, Anna C. Phillips, Geoff Der, et al.

    12. OP06 Opposing processes contingent on early smoking: a cross-cohort comparison of socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol use across the youth-to-adult transition

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

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Social Groups
      3. Young People
      4. Health
    13. OP62 How do adiposity trajectories vary by birth cohort and parental social class? Evidence from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study

      R.J. Shaw, Michael J. Green, Frank Popham, et al.

      1. Social Groups
      2. Health
      3. Social Stratification
    14. Socioeconomic position and adolescent trajectories in smoking, drinking, and psychiatric distress

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

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Young People
      3. Well Being
      4. Health
    15. Why do those out of work because of sickness or disability have a high mortality risk? Evidence from a Scottish cohort

      Frank Popham, Kathryn Skivington, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Disability
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Health

    Media

    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 17 in total

    1. Working mothers disproportionately more stressed, study claims

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

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

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

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

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

    7. How your blood may predict your future health

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

    9. Teenagers less likely to take up smoking

    10. UK tobacco controls a success in cutting smoking among adolescents

    11. UK tobacco controls a success in cutting smoking among adolescents

    12. UK tobacco controls a success in cutting smoking among adolescents

    13. UK tobacco controls a success in cutting smoking among adolescents

    14. UK tobacco controls a success in cutting smoking among adolescents

    15. How does money influence health?


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