Professor Michaela Benzeval Director, Understanding Society, University of Essex
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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.
- 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:
- How can biomarkers and genetics improve our understanding of society and health?
- Methodological innovations in data collection in longitudinal studies
- The prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health: a longitudinal analysis
- Exploiting existing biomarker data: social position, age and allostatic load
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