From a background in pure and applied Evolutionary Biology (University of York, University of East Anglia and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), I moved into Social Science research at the University of Glasgow in 2004.
As a member of (the Department of) Urban Studies, I worked on the Scottish Health, Housing and Regeneration Project (SHARP) between 2004 and 2006, a longitudinal, quasi-experimental investigation of the health effects of urban regeneration and new social housing throughout Scotland.
From 2006 to mid-2017, I was the data manager and main statistician on the GoWell Research and Learning Programme, investigating housing- and neighbourhood-based urban regeneration in 15 of Glasgow's most deprived areas, and individual and neighbourhood-level characteristics on physical and mental health and wellbeing.
In May 2017, I joined the Urban Big Data Centre to work on the Educational Disadvantage and Place project, which is investigating neighbourhood effects on Secondary, Further and Higher Education outcomes and trajectories into work in Glasgow and the seven surrounding Local Authority areas.
In my current post in the Urban Big Data Centre, I am developing statistical analyses of how local place-based characteristics (above all, levels of various aspects of deprivation) in relation to Secondary, Further and Higher Educational outcomes and trajectories into employment in Scotland.
I am working with large datasets comprising student-level data from Secondary Schools (S4-S6; Glasgow and 7 surrounding local authorities; supplied by ScotXed), Further Education Colleges (whole of Scotland; supplied by SFC) and Higher Education institutions (supplied by HESA). I am also researching aspects of deprivation and geographical access to education in Glasgow through analysis of data from the UBDC's Integrated Multimedia City Data project.
Mason, P., Curl, A. and Kearns, A. (2016) Domains and levels of physical activity are linked to mental health and wellbeing in deprived neighbourhoods: a cross-sectional study. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 11, pp. 19-28. (doi:10.1016/j.mhpa.2016.07.001)
Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2015) Regeneration, relocation and health behaviours in deprived communities. Health and Place, 32, pp. 43-58. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.12.012)
Mason, P., Kearns, A. and Livingston, M. (2013) "Safe going": the influence of crime rates and perceived crime and safety on walking in deprived neighbourhoods. Social Science and Medicine, 91, pp. 15-24. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.04.011)
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