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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:

 

 


Latest Blog Posts


    Publications

    Displaying publications 16 - 30 of 67 in total

    1. Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: results from methodological experiments

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

    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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.

    6. 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
    7. Untreated hypertension in the UK household population — who are missed by the general health checks?

      Jakob Petersen and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Medicine
      2. Health
      3. Surveys
      4. Biology
    8. Comparison of the Rowe–Kahn model of successful aging with self-rated health and life satisfaction: the West of Scotland Twenty-07 prospective cohort study

      Elise Whitley, Frank Popham, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Older People
      2. Well Being
      3. Health
    9. Ethnic and racial harassment and mental health: identifying sources of resilience

      Alita Nandi, Renee Reichl Luthra, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Area Effects
      2. Social Networks
      3. Psychology
      4. Religion
      5. Ethnic Groups
      6. Well Being
      7. Social Capital
      8. Health
      9. Social Stratification
      10. Social Behaviour
      11. Social Psychology
      12. Race Relations
    10. Variations in cognitive abilities across the life course: cross-sectional evidence from Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study

      Elise Whitley, Ian J. Deary, Stuart J. Ritchie, et al.

      1. Older People
      2. Psychology
      3. Well Being
      4. Health
      5. Life Course Analysis
    11. Introduction

      Michaela Benzeval

      1. Politics
      2. Social Change
      3. Education
      4. Labour Market
      5. Households
      6. Public Policy
      7. Research
      8. Societies
      9. Health
      10. Life Course Analysis
      11. Surveys
    12. Alternative measures to BMI: exploring income-related inequalities in adiposity in Great Britain

      Apostolos Davillas and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Income Dynamics
      2. Health
      3. Finance
      4. Social Stratification
      5. Biology
    13. How do biomarkers and genetics contribute to Understanding Society? -25th Anniversary editorial-

      Michaela Benzeval, Meena Kumari, and Andrew M. Jones

      1. Social Sciences
      2. Medicine
      3. Science And Technology
      4. Research
      5. Life Course Analysis
      6. Surveys
      7. Biology
      8. Genetics
    14. Adolescent smoking and tertiary education: opposing pathways linking socio-economic background to alcohol consumption

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

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Young People
      3. Health
      4. Social Stratification
      5. Higher Education
    15. The prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health: a longitudinal analysis

      Alita Nandi, Renee Reichl Luthra, Shamit Saggar, et al.

      1. Crime And Justice
      2. Ethnic Groups
      3. Well Being
      4. Societies
      5. Health
      6. Social Behaviour
      7. Social Psychology
      8. Race Relations

    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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