Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Katie Thomson

Research Associate


I am a public health researcher currently working in the Evidence Synthesis team. Previously I worked with Clare Bambra in the Institute researching health inequalities, using a variety of approaches including systematic reviewing techniques, geographical information systems and regression modelling.

Health inequalities have previously underpinned 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 trialling two school-based interventions to improve physical activity and mental health amongst adolescents. My most recent project funded by Norface was entitled 'Health Inequalities in European Welfare States' (HiNews: PI Clare Bambra). This involved the completion of three umbrella systematic reviews looking at public health, social policy and pharmacy-led interventions to improve health and health inequalities. The project also documented the extent of health inequalities in Europe using the European Social Survey (2014).

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