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Neil Smith, MSc, PhD
Research Fellow

Neil is a social epidemiologist investigating the social determinants of health operating across the life course. His research specialism understands the causes of health inequalities in ethnic minorities living in the UK.

He currently works on the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, exploring the impact of urban regeneration on young people and their families. This longitudinal cohort study investigates how regeneration programmes influence health and psychological well-being and its wider determinants by comparing changes in families in an area undergoing regeneration with areas with no comparable regeneration.

Previously he worked at University College London on a project investigating intergenerational transmission of ethnic health inequalities using the Millennium Cohort Study and the Health Survey for England. Areas of interest include cardiovascular, general health and anthropometric outcomes and indicators of child cognitive development. Work focussed on the extent to which generational differences are explained by acculturative changes in health behaviours and social class mobility.

Neil also has extensive experience of analysing the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study gained while working at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has worked on a variety of projects such as an exploration into ethnic and religious differences in socioeconomic mobility, as well as patterns of limiting long term illness.

Selected publications

Smith, N. R. & Grundy, E. 2011, "Time period trends in ethnic inequalities in limiting long term illness in England and Wales", Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 200-209.

Smith, N. R., Kelly, Y. J., & Nazroo, J. Y. 2009, "Intergenerational continuities of ethnic inequalities in general health in England", Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 253-258.

Smith, N. R., Kelly, Y. J., & Nazroo, J. Y. 2011, "The effects of acculturation on obesity rates in ethnic minorities: Evidence from the Health Survey for England", The European Journal of Public Health 2011; doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckr070 

Smith, N. R., Clark, C., Fahy, A. E., Tharmaratnam, V., Lewis, D. J., Thompson, C., Renton, A., Moore, D. G., Bhui, K. S., Taylor, S. J. C., Eldridge, S., Petticrew, M., Greenhalgh, T., Stansfeld, S. A., & Cummins, S. 2012, "The Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study: protocol for a prospective controlled quasi-experiment to evaluate the impact of urban regeneration on young people and their families", BMJ open, vol. 2, no. 4.

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