Dr Phil Edwards

BSc CStat PhD

Associate Professor

Room 136

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7958 8112

+44 (0)20 7299 4663

Phil is a senior lecturer 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.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health


Statistical Methodology


Phil is a co-organiser of the Term 1 foundation module ‘Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH)’. He also lectures on Sample Size, Sampling and Outcome Assessment for the Study Design module, and for the short courses 'Systematic Reviews & Meta-analyses of Health Research' and 'Intensive Course in Epidemiology & Medical Statistics'. He is a tutor on the MSc Epidemiology by distance learning.


Phil’s research interests are in two broad areas: (i) Transport & Health, and (ii) Evidence-based data collection. He is currently the principal investigator of the LANTERNS project, which aims to evaluate whether reducing night-time streetlight for environmental and energy reasons, has any impact on road traffic crashes and crime. He has PhD students researching the relationship between road injury, deprivation and ethnicity in London, and modes of transport to school in India. He is also statistician for clinical trials of anti-fibrinolytic agents in patients at risk of serious haemorrhage run by the LSHTM Clinical Trials Unit, including the HALT-IT trial, WOMAN trial and CRASH-3 trial. His research into methods to increase response to postal questionnaires has been widely cited.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Health inequalities
Public health
Physical activity
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.;
J Epidemiol Community Health
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.;
J Epidemiol Community Health
Smoking cessation support delivered via mobile phone text messaging (txt2stop): a single-blind, randomised trial.
Free, C. ; Knight, R. ; Robertson, S. ; Whittaker, R. ; Edwards, P. ; Zhou, W. ; Rodgers, A. ; Cairns, J. ; Kenward, M.G. ; Roberts, I. ;
Scald risk in social housing can be reduced through thermostatic control system without increasing Legionella risk: a cluster randomised trial.
Edwards, P.; Durand, M.A.; Hollister, M.; Green, J.; Lutchmun, S.; Kessel, A.; Roberts, I.;
Arch Dis Child
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 Technol Assess
Population adiposity and climate change.
Edwards, P.; Roberts, I.;
Int J Epidemiol
Effect of 20 mph traffic speed zones on road injuries in London, 1986-2006: controlled interrupted time series analysis.
Grundy, C.; Steinbach, R.; Edwards, P.; Green, J.; Armstrong, B.; Wilkinson, P.;
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