Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Wei Xun 

Wei Xun


Research interests:

  • Socio-economic determinants of health
  • Labour market participation
  • Life course epidemiology
  • Cancer and mortality

Current research:

There is empirical evidence that suggests differential participation in the labour force can influence health. Policy concern has recently focused on youth unemployment and specifically the "NEET": a young person (16-24 years) "Not in Employment, Education or Training". There is little research however on what happens to the NEET later on in the life course, either economically or health-wise.

Using nationally representative historical data from the ONS Longitudinal Study derived from the UK census, my project aims to investigate the exposure of NEET status and its socio-economic and health consequences using a life-course approach. The health outcomes are limiting long-term illness and mortality. The cross-sectional predictors of NEET status are also examined in two cohorts of young people born 20 years apart.



  • 2013 - Present: Research Associate in CeLSIUS, Dept Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL
  • 2013 - Present: PhD in Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL (part-time)
  • 2008-2013: Research Assistant in Environmental Epidemiology, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • 2002 -2006:  Pharmacologist, James Black Foundation, United Kingdom


  • 2011 - 2012: MPH Public Health (Merit), Imperial College London
  • 1998 - 2001: BSc Pharmacology (II/I), University of Liverpool


  • O. Raaschou-Nielsen, R. Beelen, [...] P. Vineis Particulate matter air pollution components and risk for lung cancer Environment international , 87:66-73, Feb 2016, DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.11.007
  • Rob Beelen · Gerard Hoek · Ole Raaschou-Nielsen [...] Bert Brunekreef Natural Cause Mortality and Long-Term Exposure to Particle Components: An Analysis of 19 European Cohorts within the Multi-Center ESCAPE Project Environmental Health Perspectives, 123(6), Feb 2015, DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1408095
  • Kateryna  B. Fuks,  Gudrun Weinmayr, Maria Foraster, [...] Barbara HoffmannArterial Blood Pressure and Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution: An Analysis in the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE) Environmental Health Perspectives, 122(9):896-905, Sep 2014 , DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1307725
  • Konstantina Dimakopoulou · Evangelia Samoli · Rob Beelen [...] Klea Katsouyanni Air Pollution and Nonmalignant Respiratory Mortality in 16 Cohorts within the ESCAPE Project American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,189(6):684-696, Mar 2014. DOI: 10.1164/rcom.201810-17770C
  • Rob Beelen,  Massimo Stafoggia , Ole Raaschou-Nielsen [...] Gerard Hoek Long-term Exposure to Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Mortality An Analysis of 22 European Cohorts Environment international, 25(3), Feb 2014, DOI: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000076
  • Ole Raaschou-Nielsen,  Zorana J Andersen, Rob Beelen [...] Gerard Hoek Air pollution and lung cancer incidence in 17 European cohorts: Prospective analyses from the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE) The Lancet Oncology, 14(9), Jul 2013, DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70279-1
  • Valéria Troncoso Baltar,  Wei W Xun, Mattias Johansson [...] Paolo Vineis A structural equation modelling approach to explore the role of B vitamins and immune markers in lung cancer risk European Journal of Epidemiology, 28(8) · MARCH 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s10654-013-9793-z
  • Aneire E. Khan, Wei W. Xun,  Habibul Ahsan, Paolo Vineis Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise, & Health Impacts in Bangladesh Environment Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Aug 2011, DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2011.604008
  • · Wei Wei Xun, Paul Brennan, Anne Tjonneland [...] Paolo Vineis Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (5p15.33, 15q25.1, 6p22.1, 6q27 and 7p15.3) and lung cancer survival in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Mutagenesis26(5):657-66 · JULY 2011, DOI: 10.1093/mutage/ger030
  • Wei W Xun, Aneire E Khan, Edwin Michael , Paolo Vineis Climate change epidemiology: methodological challenges International Journal of Public Health55(2):85-96 · NOVEMBER 2009, DOI: 10.1007/s00038-009-0091-1 
  • P Vineis, W Xun The emerging epidemic of environmental cancers in developing countries Annals of Oncology, 20(2):205-12 · NOVEMBER 2008, DOI: 10.1093/annonc/mdn596