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I work in public health because I hope to help understand how the natural and social environment affects human health, and to use this understanding as a basis for advocacy and action. My motivation to do this originated during my interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Human Sciences in Oxford (2002-2005). It has since been reinforced by my time at LSHTM completing an MSc in Epidemiology (2005-2006) and a PhD in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (2006-2009).
I am very concerned about the threats which social inequality and the current ecological crisis pose to human health and well-being. I therefore plan to specialise in the intersection between public health, health equity and environmental sustainability. I am currently pursuing this through a NIHR-funded postdoctoral research Fellowship titled 'socio-economic inequalities in walking and cycling' (funded until end 2015). I have also become involved in a number of other research and engagement projects, including:
- An ongoing collaboration with the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) in Stockholm (2008-present: see 'Research Interests' below).
- Organising LSHTM's Young Scientists' Programme, which aims to engage young people from disadvantaged schools in public health science (2007-present). This scheme has won several awards, including a Higher Education Academy award for me and a Woman of the Future award for one of our participants; click here for a 2013 podcast extract about the programme.
- Sitting on the sub-committe for early career researchers within the Society for Social Medicine (2009-2013, chair 2011).
- Collaborating to set up the London EcoHealth Forum(email@example.com) at the London International Development Centre (2009-2011
- Pro-bono consultancy for ForcesWatch and Child Soldiers International in research related to the enlistment of 16 year olds into the armed forces (2010-2013), and for AMREF UK in their development of a public health research strategy (2008-2009).
Between 2007 I and 2010 I taught the Research Methodology module of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.
In addition, I have taught within LSHTM since 2007 on the Extended Epidemiology, DANES and International Mental Health MSc study modules, and on related short courses.
During my NIHR fellowship much of my research has related to the effectiveness and equity of transport interventions, with a focus on both public health and environmental impacts. So far this has involved spending three terms as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in Cambridge, one term at the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) of Oxford University and one term at the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Bristol, plus collaborating with researchers in other institutions. Projects have included:
- Leading an investigation of uptake and usage patterns of the London Cycle Hire Scheme.
- Using quantitative data from the iConnect study (CEDAR and TSU, among a larger consortium) to examine the links between health outcomes and carbon emissions, and to examine the impacts of new infrastructure designed to promote walking and cycling.
- Collaborating on the On the Buses study (LSHTM), which evaluated the public health impacts of giving young people in London free bus travel. I contributed to qualitative data collection and analysis for this study, and lead its youth involvement component.
- Integrating qualitative and quantitative data from the Commuting and Health in Cambridge (CEDAR) study in a mixed-method investigation of the socio-economic structure of car commuting in Cambridge
- Using quantitative data (including objectively-measured physical activity) from the CAPABLE project (UCL) to examine patterns and predictors of physical activity in children.
I am also interested in many other aspects of how broader social and environmental factors influence human health and well-being. Since2008 I have enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) in Stockholm, which now employs me part-time. The main focus of this research has been lifecourse analyses of the determinants of mortality, fertility, health and educational outcomes across the life course and across generations in a Swedish birth cohort born 1915-1929. This has included a few papers looking at this from an evolutionary perspective, the most recent one of which tested competing theories of the demographic transition and received coverage in the Guardian, New Scientist and the Economist.
Prior to this, my PhD research focussed on factors which protect children against mental health problems and promote good mental health. One focus of this research was investigating the reasons for the apparent mental health advantage of British Indian children in these surveys. Other aspects included testing the psychometric properties of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and DAWBA interview, and developing new ways to use these to measure mental health; collaborating with OFSTED in validating a school-level predictor of emotional and behavioural difficulties within schools; and developing an 'Added Value' score for use in outcome monitoring of Child and Adolescent Mental Health services.
See below for some selected recent publications. For a list of all publications, and PDFs of the articles, see the LSHTM online research repository. You can also listen to me explaining some of my Swedish and British work in a 2012 podcast with the Guardian (I start 33 min in).
- Child health
- Complex interventions
- Health inequalities
- Physical activity
Disease and Health Conditions
- Mental health
- Non-communicable diseases
- Euro area
- United Kingdom
Who uses new walking and cycling infrastructure and how? Longitudinal results from the UK iConnect study.
Goodman, A. ; Sahlqvist, S. ; Ogilvie, D. ; on behalf of the iConnect consortium, . ;
Prev Med, 2013;
Walking, cycling and driving to work in the english and welsh 2011 census: trends, socio-economic patterning and relevance to travel behaviour in general.
Goodman, A. ;
PLoS One, 2013; 8(8):e71790
“We can all just get on a bus and go”: rethinking independent mobility in the context of the universal provision of free bus travel to young Londoners
Goodman, A. ; Jones, A. ; Roberts, H. ; Steinbach, R. ; Green, J.
Healthy travel and the socio-economic structure of car commuting in Cambridge, UK: A mixed-methods analysis.
Goodman, A.; Guell, C.; Panter, J.; Jones, N.R.; Ogilvie, D.;
Soc Sci Med, 2012; 74(12):1929-38
Inequalities in usage of a public bicycle sharing scheme: Socio-demographic predictors of uptake and usage of the London (UK) cycle hire scheme.
Ogilvie, F. ; Goodman, A. ;
Prev Med, 2012;
Low fertility increases descendant socioeconomic position but reduces long-term fitness in a modern post-industrial society.
Goodman, A.; Koupil, I.; Lawson, D.W.;
Proc Biol Sci, 2012; 279(1746):4342-51
Activity compensation and activity synergy in British 8-13year olds.
Goodman, A. ; Mackett, R.L. ; Paskins, J. ;
Prev Med, 2011;
Why do British Indian children have an apparent mental health advantage?
Goodman, A.; Patel, V.; Leon, D.A.;
J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 2010; 51(10):1171-83
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