Supervisors and Research Projects

Supervisors and Research Projects Available

The following listing provides an indication of the range of projects currently available. It is not intended to be prescriptive, nor absolute; only to give a flavour of the opportunities available. The particular path of the research may be dictated as much by student's interests and ideas as by the guidance of the supervisors.


  • Social determinants of health
  • Inequalities in health
  • Health and income
  • Health in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Health behaviours (diet, physical activity, alcohol and smoking)
  • Work, stress and health
  • Health care evaluation
  • Psychosocial cause of ill health
  • Ageing (including mental capacity)
  • Statistical methodology
  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Population health across the life course
  • Globalisation and health
  • Socio-economic and ethnic inequalities in infant and child health
  • Labour market status and health
  • Dental public health
  • Inequalities in nutrition
  • Gender, Family and Health
  • Genetic epidemiology



Professor Amanda Sacker

  • Statistical modelling of complex longitudinal processes
  • The developmental origins of poor physical and mental health in adult life

See also the
International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society & Health's studentships

Dr Anne McMunn

  • Parental employment, domestic labour and child behaviour
  • Family structure and child health and behaviour
  • Gender, work, family and health across the life course.
  • Social participation, ageing and wellbeing

Professor Nora Groce

  • Global health and international development
  • Cross-cultural systems of health care
  • Human rights
  • Global disability issues

Professor Yvonne Kelly

  • Health and development during childhood and adolescence
  • Social and ethnic inequalities

Professor Martin Bobak

  • Socio-economic and psychosocial factors and health
  • Health in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Rapid social change and health
  • Alcohol consumption, drinking patterns and health
  • Social and physical environmental predictors of pregnancy outcomes and
  • infant mortality

Dr Eric Brunner

  • Social inequalities in diet, nutrition and coronary disease.
  • Biological stress mechanisms.
  • Genetic effects on coronary risk in socio-economic context.
  • Diabetes and coronary disease.

Dr Ellen van Jaarsveld

  • Genetic and environmental determinants of childhood obesity
  • Twin studies

Dr Annie Britton

  • Social inequalities in coronary heart disease.
  • Alcohol consumption and health consequences

Dr Jennifer Mindell

  • Smoking, tobacco use, and cotinine levels in minority ethnic groups
  • Predictors of mortality, cancer, and/or hospital admission in Scottish and English Health Survey participants (obesity, or hypertension, or tobacco use or exposure and cotinine levels, inequalities focus possible.)
  • Compression of morbidity
  • Health impact assessment

Professor Aubrey Sheiham

  • Oral epidemiology
  • Psychosocial factors in oral health
  • Oral health needs assessment
  • Social determinants of oral health
  • Effects of oral health on weight and height

Dr Hynek Pikhart

  • International comparisons of social determinants of health
  • Social inequalities in health across the life course
  • Ageing studies in Central and Eastern Europe, China and Korea

Dr Marcus Richards

  • MRC Unit for Lifelong health and Ageing, and MRC National Survey of Health
  • and Development
  • A life course approach to cognitive ageing
  • Cognition and adult physical health and morbidity
  • Normal and abnormal cognitive development and adult life chances

Dr Noriko Cable

  • Resiliency and adult psychological health
  • Adolescent alcohol use, adult alcohol misuse and psychological health
  • Social gradient in adult health related behaviour and psychological health
  • Social integration and psychological health: gender and cultural differences
  • Parent-child relationship and adult social integration and psychological health

Professor Harry Hemingway

  • Do the causes of different Coronary artery disease syndromes differ?
  • How do multiple opportunities for care across the patient journey, influence patient outcome?
  • Evaluation of circulating bio-markers in the prognosis of patients with stable and acute coronary syndromes.
  • Development and validation of risk prediction models in large scale datasets of patients with coronary disease

Dr Mark Hamer

  • Exercise and cardiovascular health.
  • Psychobiology of physical activity.
  • Psychosocial stress, heart disease, and obesity

Professor Andrew Steptoe

  • Psycho-biological factors in health and disease.
  • Psycho-physiological factors in cardiovascular disease.
  • Psycho-neuro-immunology
  • Positive affect and health

Dr Rebecca Hardy

  • MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
  • Childhood growth trajectories and health
  • Statistical methods for life course epidemiology.
  • Gender differences in coronary heart disease

Professor Richard Watt

  • Social determinants of oral health
  • Oral health inequalities
  • Life course perspective on oral health
  • Evaluation of oral health improvement interventions

Dr David Batty

  • Psychological predictors of cardiovascular disease and cancer
  • Early life origins of dementia
  • Meta-analysis and systematic review
  • Mendelian Randomisation

Dr Emmanouil Stamatakis

  • Physical activity, Sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic disease
  • Interactions of physical activity with other health-related behaviours, particularly alcohol intake
  • Physical activity measurement
  • Exercise medicine
  • Obesity epidemiology
  • Determinants of sedentary behaviour and physical activity

Professor Diana Kuh

  • MRC National Survey of Health and Development

Dr Nicola Shelton

  • Health Geography
  • Infant mortality

Jenny Head

  • Comparison of methods for dealing with non-ignorable missing data mechanisms
  • Trajectories of bio-markers as predictors of incident disease
  • Psychosocial factors, work stress and health
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Determinants and consequences of sickness absence

Dr Mai Stafford

  • Neighbourhoods and health
  • Social capital and health
  • Social participation and health in the over 50s.
  • Grand-parenting and health
  • Residential mobility and well-being in later life
  • Family formation, fertility and the health and well-being of older people

Professor Robert West

  • Nicotine dependence
  • Smoking cessation
  • Smoking patterns
  • Theories of addiction

Dr Jo Waller

  • Psychosocial aspects of cervical cancer screening
  • Psychosocial aspects of HPV testing and vaccination

Dr Meena Kumari

  • Bio-markers of stress and health
  • Gene-environment interactions and adult bio-markers
  • Life-course influences and adult risk factors

Professor Jane Wardle

  • Psychological influences on food choice
  • Obesity and weight control.
  • Cancer screening.
  • Public understanding of cancer

Dr Maria Kett

  • The socio-economic effects of disability in developing countries;
  • Socio-economic effects of disasters
  • and conflict (with particular focus on disability);
  • Conflict, Migration and human rights
  • Humanitarian interventions and organisations

Professor Mika Kivimaki

  • Work and health
  • Psychosocial factors and disease prognosis
  • Psychosocial risk factors and ageing
  • Sickness absence and early retirement
  • Life-course socio-economic position and adult risk factors

Dr George Tsakos

  • Oral health related quality of life
  • Oral health inequalities and social determinants
  • Oral health needs assessment
  • Effect of oral health on diet and nutrition

Dr Andy McEwen

  • Nicotine dependence
  • Smoking cessation
  • Smoking patterns
  • Behavioural support & counselling

Dr Jane Biddulph

  • Health inequalities within ageing populations
  • Investigation of predictors for chronic diseases/conditions
  • Natural history of and mortality from chronic diseases/conditions Cancer, cognitive, and mental health epidemiology
  • Longitudinal survey data and analyses

Dr Steven Bell

  • Alcohol consumption and health
  • Chronic disease
  • Longitudinal modelling
  • Life course epidemiology
  • Causal inference

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