Andrew Stevenson is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Edinburgh. His research examines the impact of environmental factors on health using health survey data and linked administrative health data. He holds a PhD in Geography and a Master of Science in Public Health from McGill University.
Research Driver Programme: Social and Environmental Determinants of Health
Title: Ultraviolet radiation, air pollution and health: a linked data analysis
Our current and future health is influenced by the environments that we live in. As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh, I am working to achieve the objectives of Health Data Research UK Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Program. I am linking ultraviolet radiation and air pollution data to existing, longitudinal administrative records from healthcare services, a historic dataset and a recruited cohort. Understanding how these factors affect individual health creates opportunities for evidence-based interventions.
What is your motivation for undertaking this project and how will this funding impact your research?
I am interested in how built and physical environments “get under the skin” to affect our health and well-being at the population-level. HDRUK funding gives me the opportunity to process and link environmental data to rich administrative health datasets to examine the relationships between environmental factors and health.
Social and Environmental Determinants of Health
We will establish national infrastructure and methods to link localised social and environmental health-related data to existing, longitudinal administrative records from healthcare services,...