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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 31 - 45 of 67 in total

    1. Socioeconomic position and early adolescent smoking development: evidence from the British Youth Panel Survey (1994-2008)

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

      1. Young People
      2. Public Policy
      3. Health
      4. Social Stratification
    2. Association of adiposity and mental health functioning across the lifespan: findings from Understanding Society (The UK Household Longitudinal Study)

      Apostolos Davillas, Michaela Benzeval, and Meena Kumari

      1. Medicine
      2. Well Being
      3. Health
      4. Life Course Analysis
      5. Biology
    3. The emergence of health inequalities in early adulthood: evidence on timing and mechanisms from a West of Scotland cohort

      Helen Sweeting, Michael Green, Michaela Benzeval, et al.

      1. Young People
      2. Well Being
      3. Health
      4. Life Course Analysis
      5. Social Stratification
    4. Age and income-related inequalities in C-reactive protein: evidence from Understanding Society (UKHLS)

      Apostolos Davillas, Michaela Benzeval, and Meena Kumari

      1. Medicine
      2. Income Dynamics
      3. Health
      4. Life Course Analysis
      5. Biology
    5. Income-related inequalities in adiposity in Great Britain: evidence from multiple adiposity measures

      Apostolos Davillas and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Medicine
      2. Income Dynamics
      3. Health
    6. Income-related inequalities in adiposity in the United Kingdom: evidence from multiple adiposity measures

      Apostolos Davillas and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Medicine
      2. Income Dynamics
      3. Health
    7. Introduction

      Michaela Benzeval

      1. Social Change
      2. Societies
      3. Surveys
    8. The role of material, psychosocial and behavioral factors in mediating the association between socioeconomic position and allostatic load (measured by cardiovascular, metabolic and inflammatory markers)

      Tony Robertson, Michaela Benzeval, Elise Whitley, et al.

      1. Income Dynamics
      2. Health
      3. Life Course Analysis
      4. Social Stratification
      5. Biology
    9. Life course trajectories of alcohol consumption in the United Kingdom using longitudinal data from nine cohort studies

      Annie Britton, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Michaela Benzeval, et al.

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Medicine
      3. Health
      4. Life Course Analysis
    10. Grip strength across the life course: normative data from twelve British studies

      Richard M. Dodds, Holly E. Syddall, Rachel Cooper, et al.

      1. Medicine
      2. Health
      3. Life Course Analysis
      4. Biology
    11. Motivated for employment? A qualitative study of benefit recipients

      Kathryn Skivington, Michaela Benzeval, and Lyndal Bond

      1. Disability
      2. Medicine
      3. Labour Market
      4. Welfare Benefits
      5. Health
    12. To what extent do financial strain and labour force status explain social class inequalities in self-rated health? Analysis of 20 countries in the European Social Survey

      Richard J. Shaw, Michaela Benzeval, and Frank Popham

      1. Labour Market
      2. Health
      3. Social Stratification
    13. Do psychosocial profiles predict self-rated health, morbidity and mortality in late middle-aged and older people?

      Gonnie Klabbers, Hans Bosma, Gertrudis Ignatius Kempen, et al.

      1. Older People
      2. Health
    14. Differences in adiposity trajectories by birth cohort and childhood social class: evidence from cohorts born in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s in the West of Scotland

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

      1. Health
      2. Life Course Analysis
      3. Social Stratification
    15. 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

    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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