Dr Phil Edwards

BSc CStat PhD

of Epidemiology & Statistics

Room 140

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7958 8112

+44 (0)20 7299 4663

Phil is a Professor and Chartered Statistician. After studying Mathematics and Statistics at Warwick University, he worked for a public services research consultancy based in Birmingham, UK. In 1994 he moved into academia to research injury epidemiology, first in Department of Child Health at Newcastle University, and then at Institute of Child Health at University College London. In 2001 he moved to London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


Phil is the module co-ordinator of the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology EPM500 Project Module. He also lectures on Sample Size, Sampling and Outcome Assessment for the 'Study Design' module of the Intensive MSc Epidemiology.


Phil’s research interests are in two broad areas: (i) Injury Epidemiology & Prevention; and (ii) Data Collection Methodology.

He has published 137 papers in peer-reviewed journals since 1991.

His most significant work in data collection methodology is the Cochrane Methodology Review of methods to increase response to postal and electronic questionnaires, which provides a much-used scientific evidence base for effective data collection by questionnaire; He currently holds an NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme grant to expand and update this review.

His work in Injury Epidemiology & Prevention has focused on road safety (particularly of pedestrians), and he has used interrupted time series analysis methods to evaluate the effects of 20 mph traffic speed zones on road injuries and the effects of reduced street lighting on road casualties and crime. Most recently, he has focused on the epidemiology of construction site injuries in lower income countries, where rapid urbanisation requires construction on an unprecedented scale.  Please contact him if you are a prospective research degree student interested in working for a PhD in injury epidemiology and prevention.


Phil is Head of the Data Collection Methodology Group (DCMG)

The DCMG aims to be a world-leading centre of excellence in evaluating methods for improving all types of data collection used in global health research. The Group is currently building a portfolio of systematic reviews of the relevant research, in collaboration with the Cochrane Methodology Review Group. The DCMG also advises staff and students on outcome data collection, questionnaire design and administration.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Health inequalities
Public health
Systematic reviews
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions

Selected Publications

The effect of reduced street lighting on road casualties and crime in England and Wales: controlled interrupted time series analysis.
Steinbach R; Perkins C; Tompson L; Johnson S; Armstrong B; Green J; Grundy C; Wilkinson P; Edwards P
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Computer-based interventions to improve self-management in adults with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Pal K; Eastwood SV; Michie S; Farmer A; Barnard ML; Peacock R; Wood B; Edwards P; Murray E
Diabetes care
HALT-IT--tranexamic acid for the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
Roberts I; Coats T; Edwards P; Gilmore I; Jairath V; Ker K; Manno D; Shakur H; Stanworth S; Veitch A
UK open source crime data: accuracy and possibilities for research
Tompson L; Johnson S; Ashby M; Perkins C; Edwards P
Cartography and geographic information science
Health impacts of free bus travel for young people: evaluation of a natural experiment in London.
Edwards P; Steinbach R; Green J; Petticrew M; Goodman A; Jones A; Roberts H; Kelly C; Nellthorp J; Wilkinson P
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Effect of tranexamic acid on surgical bleeding: systematic review and cumulative meta-analysis.
Ker K; Edwards P; Perel P; Shakur H; Roberts I
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Cost benefit analysis of 20 mph zones in London.
Steinbach R; Cairns J; Grundy C; Edwards P
Injury prevention
Scald risk in social housing can be reduced through thermostatic control system without increasing Legionella risk: a cluster randomised trial.
Edwards P; Durand MA; Hollister M; Green J; Lutchmun S; Kessel A; Roberts I
Archives of disease in childhood
Adaptive e-learning to improve dietary behaviour: a systematic review and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Harris J; Felix L; Miners A; Murray E; Michie S; Ferguson E; Free C; Lock K; Landon J; Edwards P
Health technology assessment (Winchester, England)
Deaths of cyclists in London: trends from 1992 to 2006.
Morgan AS; Dale HB; Lee WE; Edwards PJ
BMC public health
Population adiposity and climate change.
Edwards P; Roberts I
International journal of epidemiology
Methods to increase response to postal and electronic questionnaires.
Edwards PJ; Roberts I; Clarke MJ; Diguiseppi C; Wentz R; Kwan I; Cooper R; Felix LM; Pratap S
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews
Families bereaved by road traffic crashes: linkage of mortality records with 1971-2001 censuses.
Sullivan R; Edwards P; Sloggett A; Marshall CE
Injury prevention
Flying bullets and speeding cars: analysis of child injury deaths in the Palestinian Territory.
Shaheen A; Edwards P
Eastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de sante de la Mediterranee orientale = al-Majallah al-sihhiyah li-sharq al-mutawassit
Energy and transport.
Woodcock J; Banister D; Edwards P; Prentice AM; Roberts I
Walking, cycling and transport safety: an analysis of child road deaths.
Sonkin B; Edwards P; Roberts I; Green J
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Meta-analysis of randomised trials of monetary incentives and response to mailed questionnaires.
Edwards P; Cooper R; Roberts I; Frost C
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Follow-up by mail in clinical trials: does questionnaire length matter?
Edwards P; Roberts I; Sandercock P; Frost C
Controlled clinical trials
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