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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 1 - 15 of 68 in total

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

      Michaela Benzeval

    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. Data resource profile: Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)

      Dara O’Neill, Michaela Benzeval, Andy Boyd, et al.

      1. Demography
      2. Social Change
      3. Survey Methodology
      4. Life Course Analysis
      5. Surveys
    5. The moderating effect of childhood disadvantage on the associations between smoking and occupational exposure and lung function; a cross sectional analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS)

      Caroline Carney and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Health
      3. Life Course Analysis
      4. Social Stratification
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    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. 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
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. 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
    15. 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

    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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