I hold an ESRC PhD studentship to research social and environmental determinants of health. Before joining The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in October 2014, I worked for about 3 years at the Belgian Scientific Institute of Public Health. I have an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the Free University of Brussels, a Masters in Philosophy of Science from The Sorbonne (Paris) and a complementary Masters in Applied Statistics from the Catholic University of Leuven.
My PhD investigates how perceptions of the neighborhood environment influence physical activity in a multi-ethnic adolescent population. I am using data from the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study, a cohort study which evaluates the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralymic legacy on young people and their families in East London. I am interested in the application of statistical techniques such as models for hierarchical data, Geographically Weighted Regression and Multiple Imputation.
The difference my research makes
My research contributes to the understanding of the social and environmental determinants of health. I aim to increase the understanding of the mechanisms by which public health interventions have an influence on health and health behaviours.
Prof. Steven Cummins: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/cummins.steven