Dr Phil Edwards
BSc CStat PhD
of Epidemiology & Statistics
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.
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.