Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Katie Thomson

Research Associate


I am a public health researcher currently employed on a Norface funded project entitled 'Health Inequalities in European Welfare States' (HiNews: PI Clare Bambra).

Health inequalities underpin my research at Newcastle. I look to identify patterns and explain variations in health outcomes at a range of spatial scales. Having completed my PhD at Durham University, I moved to Cambridge to complete my PGCE in secondary geography. After teaching in a variety of schools, I returned to research and worked for the active travel charity Sustrans, analysing large and complex datasets. I returned to the Department of Geography at Durham in June 2012 working as a research associate on an ESRC funded project trialing two school-based interventions to improve physical activity and mental health amongst adolescents. This research developed my interest in understanding health inequalities, particularly related to how features in the built environment may affect children’s physical and mental health. Inequalities in health are central to the research project I am working on investigating how welfare state regimes influence differences in health outcomes across Europe. 

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