- Petra MeierConsortium Director and WS8 LeadGlasgow, UKPetra MeierConsortium Director and WS8 Lead
Petra is a Professor of Public Health at Glasgow University (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit).
Petra co-directs SIPHER alongside Robin Purshouse. She is also the Lead for WS8, our Evaluation workstrand, which uses ongoing multi-perspective process evaluation to evaluate SIPHER’s scientific contribution and real-world impact.
- Robin PurshouseConsortium Director and WS7 LeadSheffield, UKRobin PurshouseConsortium Director and WS7 Lead
Robin is a Professor in Decision Modelling and Optimization at the University of Sheffield. His research interests include modelling, analysis and optimization for supporting decision-making. Robin leads the interdisciplinary ‘CASCADE’ project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, which aims to build systems-based, theory-driven models of alcohol use dynamics in the US. He also develops methods for robust and distributed multi-objective optimization applied to the design of complex engineered products.
Robin co-directs SIPHER alongside Petra Meier. He is also the Lead for WS7, our Economic Evaluation & Decision Support workstrand, which uses distributed, robust multi-objective optimization to develop a cross-sector economic evaluation tool that identifies those strategies that perform well across key policy outcomes and for different assumptions about future developments.
- Lucy GavensConsortium ManagerSheffield, UKLucy GavensConsortium Manager
Lucy is the SIPHER Consortium Manager and is based at the University of Sheffield. A former researcher in the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, in recent years Lucy has worked in public health practice in policy fields including Mental Health and Wellbeing, Physical Activity, 0-19 Public Health Nursing and Public Health Programme Evaluation.
Lucy is a member of the SIPHER Directorate, working across the whole of SIPHER to manage the day-to-day running of the Consortium. She is also part of the WS8 Evaluation Team.
SIPHER Team Members
- Adam KeeleyWorkstrand 3 ResearcherLeeds, UKAdam KeeleyWorkstrand 3 Researcher
Adam is an Analyst with the Data Services Team of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) at University of Leeds. His work revolves around facilitating research through data transformation and hosting of sensitive data within secure environments. Through LIDA Adam works predominantly with commercial and medical data that are subject to strict information governance standards.
Adam is part of the SIPHER Workstrand 3 team.
- Aki TsuchiyaWorkstrand 6 LeadSheffield, UKAki TsuchiyaWorkstrand 6 Lead
Aki is a Professor of Health Economics with a joint appointment between the Department of Economics and the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include valuing health and wellbeing; incorporating equity concerns into social welfare functions; and normative economics of health and beyond.
Aki is the Lead for SIPHER Workstrand 6, Societal Valuation, which provides insight into how people value different policy outcomes and translates the multiplicity of outcomes that arise from a whole-systems perspective into two common well-being measures needed for economic evaluation.
- Alan BrennanWorkstrand 3, 4, 5 and 7 Co-InvestigatorSheffield, UKAlan BrennanWorkstrand 3, 4, 5 and 7 Co-Investigator
Alan is Professor of Health Economics and Decision Modelling at the University of Sheffield. Alan leads a large group of around 35 academic staff, undertaking methodological and applied research and consultancy using mathematical modelling in public health and healthcare.
Alan is a Co-Investigator on SIPHER Workstrands 3, 4, 5 and 7.
- Alison HeppenstallWorkstrand 3 and 5 LeadLeeds, UKAlison HeppenstallWorkstrand 3 and 5 Lead
Alison is a Professor in Geocomputation at the University of Leeds. Her research involves developing tools from machine learning and artificial intelligence for solving complex spatial problems. A particular focus of her work is the development of individual-based models. Alison holds an ESRC-Turing Fellowship, where she is developing work ranging from anomaly detection, handling uncertainty in simulations and casual inference modelling.
Alison co-leads Workstrands 3 and 5 of SIPHER with Nik Lomax. WS3, Data & System Monitoring, builds a secure data infrastructure, creates detailed simulated populations and develops a system monitoring function to inform adaptive policymaking. WS5, Policy Microsimulation, models the impacts of environment and policy on the characteristics of individuals and households, showing how policy impacts differ across geographic areas and societal groups.
- Alistair BrownWorkstrand 1 ResearcherStrathclydeAlistair BrownWorkstrand 1 Researcher
Alistair is a first year PhD student based at the University of Strathclyde. His PhD project, supervised by Professor Kat Smith and Dr Clemmie Hill O'Connor, is part of WS1 looking at policy processes and evidence needs. Alistair has a particular interest in how health inequalities are conceptualised by policymakers.
- An Thu Ta (Anna)PhD StudentSheffield, UKAn Thu Ta (Anna)PhD Student
Anna is a final-year PhD candidate in applied-microeconomics and a research assistant in the Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield. Her PhD thesis focuses on “Measuring well-being through equivalent income over the life course". Her research interests include valuing health and well-being, well-being measures and individual preferences.
Anna contributes to Workstrand 6 of SIPHER. Her PhD is supervised by Workstream 6 Lead Aki Tsuchiya and Bert van Landeghem.
- Anna BrookWorkstrand 2 ResearcherSheffield, UKAnna BrookWorkstrand 2 Researcher
Anna is a Public Health Registrar currently on a part-time placement with SCHARR at the University of Sheffield. During this placement she is predominantly working as part of the SIPHER team leading some work on a causal review regarding aggregate economic activity & health outcomes.
Anna's current research interests are social justice and the connections with human and planetary health.
Alongside working at SIPHER, Anna is continuing to support the public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic at the Yorkshire & Humber health protection team and doing a placement at Barnsley Hospital focused on their role as an anchor institution.
- Anna MacintyreWorkstrand 1 ResearcherStrathclydeAnna MacintyreWorkstrand 1 Researcher
Anna is a Research Associate in Policy Studies in the School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde. Anna has a background in clinical psychology, having trained and worked in the NHS before moving into public health research. She has experience of using qualitative, quantitative and evidence synthesis methods. Her interests focus on policy-relevant questions concerning the social and economic determinants of health and health inequalities.
Anna is a Workstrand 1 Research Associate on SIPHER, working with Kat Smith to understand policy processes, evidence needs, and policy partner perspectives on societal valuations.
- Asif IshaqScottish Government PartnerEdinburgh, UKAsif IshaqScottish Government Partner
Asif Ishaq is a Policy Lead in the Scottish Government’s Public Health Policy Team. Having led the development of Scotland’s first ever set of Public Health Priorities, in partnership with local government, he is now supporting the wider public and third sectors, and local communities, to adopt and implement the public health priorities in order to improve the health of the population.
Asif is our Scottish Government Policy Partner Lead, working alongside Helen Woodward, Neil White and Dionne Mackison in our Scottish Government Policy Partner team.
- Becky FieldWorkstrand 6 ResearcherSheffield, UKBecky FieldWorkstrand 6 Researcher
Becky Field is a research associate at the School of Health and Related Research, Sheffield. Becky has a background in occupational therapy, having trained and worked in the NHS before moving into health related research. She has experience of using qualitative methods, evidence synthesis and health services research. Her interests are focused on improving health and well-being, how to support people affected by dementia and active aging.
Becky is a Workstrand 6 research associate on SIPHER, working with Aki Tsuchiya to provide insight into how people value different policy outcomes and different states of health and well-being.
- Ceri HughesInclusive Growth ResearcherManchester, UKCeri HughesInclusive Growth Researcher
Ceri is a Researcher at the University of Manchester and lead researcher at the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit. She is currently the lead researcher within the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, which was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the University of Manchester. Her research has focussed on labour market inequalities and poverty in the UK, more recently with a focus on place and the potential to reconfigure employment support to support better outcomes for people in low-wage work.
Ceri works closely with Workstrand 1 in SIPHER to provide inclusive growth expertise to understanding policy processes and evidence needs.
- Chris GibbonsSheffield City Council PartnerSheffield, UKChris GibbonsSheffield City Council Partner
Chris graduated from King's College London with a BA, MSc and PhD in Geography. Following his academic studies he worked at the Peak District National Park Authority before beginning a career in Public Health in 2008 at Bradford and Airedale PCT. In 2010 he completed his PGDipPH at The University of Sheffield. In 2011 Chris joined the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) where he worked for six years, firstly on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme modelling the uptake of NICE approved technologies, and then as a health economist in the NICE Clinical Guidelines team. In 2017 Chris moved back into public health, and now manages a team of Data Scientists in the Performance and Intelligence team at Sheffield City Council. Outside of work Chris is an advocate for strength sports and competes in powerlifting.
Chris works alongside Greg Fell, Louise Brewins, Nicola McHugh and Daniel Chedgzoy in our Sheffield City Council Policy Partner team.
- Chris WuWorkstrand 3 and 5 ResearcherLeeds. UKChris WuWorkstrand 3 and 5 Researcher
Guoqiang (Chris) is a Research Fellow in Data Synthesis and Simulation at the University of Leeds. Based at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA), Chris's research centres on large-scale data and behaviour modelling, spatial and policy microsimulation, social and urban informatics, smart cities and mobility. He usually works with individual-based or micro-level models and big data analytics to predict and simulate individuals’ behaviour and demands. He previously worked and studied at the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) at the University of Glasgow.
Chris is the Workstrand 3 and 5 Researcher in SIPHER, working with Alison Heppenstall and Nik Lomax to lead our data acquisition and synthesis and policy microsimulation.
- Clare BambraWorkstrand 2 Co-Investigator and Health Inequalities ExpertNewcastle, UKClare BambraWorkstrand 2 Co-Investigator and Health Inequalities Expert
Clare is a Professor of Public Health at Newcastle University. Her research examines the social, political and economic determinants of health inequalities. She is a Senior Investigator in: CHAIN: Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research; Fuse: Centre for Translational Research in Public Health; and the NIHR School for Public Health Research. She works regularly with policy and practice organisations including Public Health England, Eurohealthnet and WHO Europe.
Clare is a SIPHER Health Inequalities Expert, working across the 8 SIPHER Workstrands to guide and support our focus on Health Inequalities.
- Clemmie Hill O'ConnorWorkstrand 1 ResearcherGlasgow, UKClemmie Hill O'ConnorWorkstrand 1 Researcher
Clemmie is a Research Associate in the School for Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde. She has a background in using ethnographic and participatory methods to understand the ways in which social policy is framed, implemented and experienced throughout the policy process.
Clemmie is the Workstrand 1 Research Associate on SIPHER, working with Kat Smith to understand policy processes and evidence needs with our Policy Partners.
- Colin AngusData Visualisation and Inequalities ExpertSheffield, UKColin AngusData Visualisation and Inequalities Expert
Colin is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on modelling and understanding the impacts of public health policies on behaviour and health and how these impacts vary across different population groups. He also uses quantitative approaches to analyse a wide range of data to explore and visualise patterns and trends in health and health-related behaviours with a particular focus on the determinants and outcomes of health inequalities.
Colin is a SIPHER data visualisation expert with expertise in demographic and socioeconomic inequalities in the UK. He will work across the 8 SIPHER Workstrands to exchange information and ideas around the best data sets to be using for Inclusive Economies.
- Craig WatkinsHousing ExpertSheffield, UKCraig WatkinsHousing Expert
Craig is Professor of Planning and Housing in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield and Research Director of CaCHE (the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence) – a multi-institution initiative funded by ESRC, AHRC and Joseph Rowntree that seeks to work with the private, public and third sector in developing a systemic approach to addressing the UK’s housing challenges. Craig’s research focuses on the structure and behaviour of the housing system and in exploring the relationship between public policy and housing markets.
Craig is a SIPHER Housing Expert, working across the 8 SIPHER Workstrands to shape and support our work in Housing.
- Duncan ChambersWorkstrand 2 ResearcherSheffield, UKDuncan ChambersWorkstrand 2 Researcher
Duncan Chambers is a Research Fellow in public health at ScHARR, University of Sheffield. He has 15 years experience of working in evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews, rapid reviews and health technology assessment.
Duncan is part of the Workstrand 2 Evidence Synthesis team where he works alongside Fiona Campbell, Mark Clowes and Ruth Wong. WS2 is lead by Suzy Paisley.
- Ellen StewartPublic Engagement Lead & Workstrand 8 Co-InvestigatorEdinburgh, UKEllen StewartPublic Engagement Lead & Workstrand 8 Co-Investigator
Ellen is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. She uses qualitative methods to explore public experiences of health issues and to understand how members of the public influence decisions in health systems. Ellen is also Associate Lead for research on public engagement in the Wellcome Trust-funded Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society.
Ellen leads SIPHER's public engagement work, using Lived Experience Panels in Sheffield, Manchester and in Scotland to explore with local people our progress as a research consortium and the tools that we are developing.
- Greg FellSheffield City Council PartnerSheffield, UKGreg FellSheffield City Council Partner
Greg is Director of Public Health in Sheffield. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in biochemistry and physiology in 1993. He has worked as a social researcher in a maternity unit and held a number of roles in health promotion and public health before joining the public health training scheme. Greg worked as a consultant in public health in Bradford , then Bradford council. In 2016 he was appointed Director of Public Health in Sheffield.
Greg is our Sheffield City Council Policy Partner Lead, working alongside Chris Gibbons, Louise Brewins, Nicola McHugh and Daniel Chedgzoy in our Sheffield City Council Policy Partner team.
- Helen WatsonMPH StudentSheffield, UKHelen WatsonMPH Student
Helen is a Specialty Registrar in Public Health and is currently undertaking a Masters in Public Health at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at The University of Sheffield. She has a clinical background in midwifery with over 10 years experience working with women and families in deprived inner city communities in Sheffield, UK. Prior to joining the public health training scheme she worked as a midwifery researcher. Her current research interests include societal determinants of population health and health inequalities.
Helen contributes to SIPHER's understanding of cumulative disadvantage and healthy life expectancy. Her MPH Dissertation is supervised by Petra Meier.
- Hui ZhangWorkstrand 6 ResearcherSheffield, UKHui ZhangWorkstrand 6 Researcher
Hui Zhang is a research associate in Health Economics and Decision Science at the University of Sheffield. Hui has a background in organisational psychology. She has experience of working with econometric software and quantitative data analysis. Her research interests include valuing health and well-being; work and organisational psychology; and occupational health.
Hui is a Workstrand 6 research associate on SIPHER, working with Aki Tsuchiya to provide insight into how the general public and policy makers value different policy and societal outcomes affecting health and well-being.
- Jen BoydPhD StudentSheffield, UKJen BoydPhD Student
Jen is a PhD student in the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health, Economics and Decision Science at the University of Sheffield. Her PhD project supervised by Professor Robin Purshouse and Professor John Holmes is investigating the causal mechanisms of the Alcohol Harm Paradox. Jen plans to use theory driven system dynamic models to test whether theories of health inequality can explain the paradox.
- Jessica SmithGMCA PartnerManchester, UKJessica SmithGMCA Partner
Jess is Principal Researcher for Population Health within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Research Team. Jess manages a team of analysts that work across GMCA and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) to provide insight into the health of the Greater Manchester population. The team also works with the GMHSCP’s population health programmes, advising on data collection, reporting, analysis, and evaluation. Jess also leads a programme of work that seeks to create a unified system of public health analysts within Greater Manchester. Previously, Jess has worked in research and analysis-related roles within healthcare regulation, the fire and rescue service, an independent research organisation, and with academia. Jess is a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and an External Research Associate for the General Medical Council.
Jess works alongside Julian Cox, Mary Gogarty and Katrina Hann in our GMCA Policy Partner team.
- Jinny RobsonWorkstrand 4 ResearcherSheffield, UKJinny RobsonWorkstrand 4 Researcher
Jinny is a research associate in complex systems modelling and data analytics at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include data-driven modelling of spatiotemporal systems, detection & estimation of state-space models, and machine learning algorithms for data science. Applications range between electrophysiology, aerospace and social science.
Jinny is the Workstrand 4 Research Associate on SIPHER, working with Visakan Kadirkamanathan to lead our causal system dynamics modelling.
- João DuroWorkstrand 7 ResearcherSheffield, UKJoão DuroWorkstrand 7 Researcher
João is an Associate Researcher in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK.
He received a Licentiate degree in Engineering of Systems and Informatics from University of Algarve, Portugal, in 2007, and a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Cranfield, UK, 2013. Before joining the University of Sheffield in October 2015, he was an Interoperability Test Intern at Blackberry Limited (2007-2008), a Research Assistant at Sheffield Hallam University (2008-2009), and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Bath (2012-2015).
Joao is a Workstrand 7 Research Associate on SIPHER, working with Robin Purshouse to accelerate the development of our decision support tool.
- John BrazierWorkstrand 6 Co-InvestigatorSheffield, UKJohn BrazierWorkstrand 6 Co-Investigator
John is the Dean of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield and Professor of Health Economics. John has over 25 years’ experience of conducting economic evaluations of health care interventions for policy makers. John was the inaugural Director of the Economic Evaluation Policy Research Unit (EEPRU) which is a joint Sheffield and York Unit funded by the Department of Health in England to undertake applied and methodological research to inform health policy in England.
John is a Co-Investigator on Workstrand 6, which is focused on Societal Valuations of Cross-Sectoral Outcomes and Equity Implications.
- John HolmesWorkstrand 1 Co-InvestigatorSheffield, UKJohn HolmesWorkstrand 1 Co-Investigator
John is a Professor in Alcohol Policy at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on understanding patterns and trends in health-related behaviours and their implications for policy. He is the Deputy Director of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group and leads projects examining the decline in youth drinking and the effects of minimum unit pricing on harmful drinkers.
John is a Co-Investigator on Workstrand 1, which is focused on Understanding Policy Processes & Evidence Needs.
- Julian CoxGMCA PartnerManchester, UKJulian CoxGMCA Partner
Julian is Head of Research at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). The GMCA research team supports policy makers across a broad range of thematic areas – including health, housing, the economy, crime, social services, employment and skills, and the environment – by providing data, evidence and insight to support decision-making. Julian also leads GMCA’s work on cost benefit analysis, helping commissioners maximise the value for money of the investment in public services.
Julian is our GMCA Policy Parter Lead, working alongside Jess Smith, Mary Gogarty and Katrina Hann in our GMCA Policy Partner team.
- Katherine SmithWorkstrand 1 Lead and Workstrand 8 Co-InvestigatorGlasgow, UKKatherine SmithWorkstrand 1 Lead and Workstrand 8 Co-Investigator
Kat is a Professor of Public Health Policy at Strathclyde University, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh, where she is an active member of the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy at Edinburgh (SKAPE). Kat employs qualitative methods to study the interplay between public health research and policy, to analyse public policies and policy influence, and to study public perspectives on health inequalities.
Kat leads SIPHER Workstrand 1, Understanding Policy Processes & Evidence Needs, which uses a novel combination of qualitative methods including interviews, system mapping, ethnographic research and documentary analysis. Kat is also a co-investigator on WS8 where she leads the collection of qualitative data for our internal evaluation.
- Katrina HannGMCA PartnerManchester, UKKatrina HannGMCA Partner
Katrina is Head of Research at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). The GMCA research team supports policy makers across a broad range of thematic areas – including health, housing, the economy, crime, social services, employment and skills, and the environment – by providing data, evidence and insight to support decision-making. Recently, Katrina led the Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review, which has provided a robust evidence base to underpin the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy.
Katrina works alongside Julian Cox, Jessica Smith and Mary Gogarty in our GMCA Policy Partner team.
- Liddy GoyderHealth Inequalities ExpertSheffield, UKLiddy GoyderHealth Inequalities Expert
Liddy is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sheffield and honorary consultant in Public Health at Public Health England. She is also Director of Research for the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine in Sheffield and leads the NIHR Public Health Research Review Team. She currently leads the NIHR CLAHRC-YH Public Health & Inequalities Theme and is a member of the Executive and Management Committees for the NIHR School for Public Health Research.
Liddy is a SIPHER Health Inequalities Expert, working across the 8 SIPHER Workstrands to shape and support our focus on Health Inequalities.
- Liz SuchWorkstrand 1, 2 and 8 Co-InvestigatorSheffield, UKLiz SuchWorkstrand 1, 2 and 8 Co-Investigator
Liz is a NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow and a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. A former analyst for the UK government, Liz has worked in multiple social and public health policy fields including employment and health, employability skills and welfare. As a civil servant she managed the Secretariat for the Ethnic Minority Employment Taskforce led by the Minister of State for Employment. She leads the School of Health and Related Research’s Health Equity and Inclusion group.
Liz is a Workstrand 1, 2 and 8 Co-Investigator and is currently leading a systematic review on Health In All Policies.
- Mark BirkinWorkstrand 3 and 5 Co-InvestigatorLeeds, UkMark BirkinWorkstrand 3 and 5 Co-Investigator
Mark is Professor of Geography at the University of Leeds and Co-Director of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. He has research interests in spatial modelling and analytics, including micro simulation, agent-based models, geodemographics and spatial interaction modelling. He is also a Fellow and Programme Director for Urban Analytics at the Alan Turing Institute.
Mark is a Co-Investigator on SIPHER Workstrands 3 and 5.
- Mark BryanWorkstrand 4 and 7 Co-InvestigatorSheffield, UKMark BryanWorkstrand 4 and 7 Co-Investigator
Mark is a Reader in Economics at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on health, wellbeing and work, using advanced statistical methods applied to large-scale, longitudinal datasets. He was a theme co-lead at the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and is currently Deputy Principal Investigator of a Health Foundation project investigating the causal impact of health on labour market outcomes.
Mark is a Co-Investigator on Workstrands 4 and 7.
- Mark StrongWorkstrand 4 Co-InvestigatorSheffield, UKMark StrongWorkstrand 4 Co-Investigator
Mark is Professor of Public Health and Deputy Dean of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). He is an academic public health doctor and a statistician. Mark’s research interests relate to the management of uncertainty and the value of information in decision making, particularly when using mathematical and computer models to predict clinical or policy outcomes.
Mark is a Co-Investigator on Workstrand 4 of SIPHER.
- Mary GogartyGMCA Embedded ResearcherManchester, UKMary GogartyGMCA Embedded Researcher
Mary is the SIPHER Embedded Researcher at Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), and a Lead Analyst in the Population Health Research Team, providing insight into the health and wellbeing of the population of Greater Manchester. Mary has a background in housing and planning research, and has worked on housing and health policy and projects in Greater Manchester.
As the GMCA Embedded Researcher, Mary works across all 8 workstrands of SIPHER to shape our understanding of evolving policy priorities and to co-produce our models, tools and outputs. Mary works alongside Julian Cox, Jess Smith and Katrina Hann in the GMCA Policy Partner team.
- Mohammad HassannezhadWorkstrand 7 ResearcherSheffield, UKMohammad HassannezhadWorkstrand 7 Researcher
Mohammad is a Research Associate in Decision Modelling and Data Analytics at the University of Sheffield, and an Honorary Researcher at the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre where he has been working with Rolls-Royce and British Telecom for years. Having spent years in engineering and consultancy roles, Mohammad’s research aims at ‘engineering better decisions’ based on development and delivery of ground-breaking analytical-computational models from scratch, with applications in world-leading businesses across aerospace, agriculture, automotive, and telecom industry. He is the recipient of UK Exceptional Talent Visa endorsed by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Mohammad is the Workstrand 7 Research Associate on SIPHER, working with Robin Purshouse to lead our systems mapping and the development of decision support tools for Policy Partners.
- Nicola McHughSheffield City Council Embedded ResearcherSheffield, UKNicola McHughSheffield City Council Embedded Researcher
Nicola is an Embedded Research based at Sheffield City Council in the Business Intelligence team. She works on analytical projects supporting portfolios across the Council, and has specialisms in spatial analysis and visualisation, and interest in reutilising routinely collected service data to co-develop greater insight. Most recently, she has been working with the Children and Families service modelling Social Worker case complexity and demand. Nicola also has an on-going research collaboration with the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield in urban tree and ecosystem service analysis.
As a Sheffield City Council Embedded Researcher, Nicola works across all 8 workstrands of SIPHER to shape our understanding of evolving policy priorities and to co-produce our models, tools and outputs. Nicola works alongside Daniel Chedgzoy, Greg Fell, Chris Gibbons and Louise Brewins in the Sheffield City Council Policy Partner team.
- Nik LomaxWorkstrand 3 and 5 LeadLeeds, UKNik LomaxWorkstrand 3 and 5 Lead
Nik is an Associate Professor in Data Analytics for Population Research at the University of Leeds. His research utilises existing and emerging data to produce high resolution estimates and projections of populations and their demographic characteristics. Nik is also a Turing Fellow, where he is developing methods to integrate information on human behaviour which are lacking from current demographic models.
Nik co-leads Workstrands 3 and 5 of SIPHER with Alison Heppenstall. WS3, Data & System Monitoring, builds a secure data infrastructure, creates detailed simulated populations and develops a system monitoring function to inform adaptive policymaking. WS5, Policy Microsimulation, models the impacts of environment and policy on the characteristics of individuals and households, showing how policy impacts differ across geographic areas and societal groups.
- Paul EvansResearch Development ManagerLeeds, UKPaul EvansResearch Development Manager
Paul is a Business Development Manager at the University of Leeds working at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics and the Consumer Data Research Centre. His experience spans the public and private sector as well as higher education. Paul has bought industry and academia together to form collaborative projects and also has experience in submitting and securing research and innovation funding. Whilst working at the University of Bradford, Paul managed a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project which enabled SMEs to access innovation support via academia. He also managed the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) office at the University.
Paul is the SIPHER Research Development Manager, working across the team to support Consortium growth.
- Richard BentallPublic Mental Health ExpertSheffield, UKRichard BentallPublic Mental Health Expert
Richard is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield and has previously held chairs at the University of Liverpool, University of Manchester and Bangor University. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the British Academy. Most recently his research has focused on why social risk factors (for example childhood adversities such as poverty, abuse and bullying) provoke the cognitive and emotional changes that lead to psychotic symptoms.
Richard is a SIPHER Public Mental Health Expert, working across the 8 SIPHER Workstrands to shape and support our work in Public Mental Health.
- Rob ClayWorkstrand 5 ResearcherLeedsRob ClayWorkstrand 5 Researcher
Robert is a PhD student at the University of Leeds in the School of Geography. His PhD is supervised by Dr. Nik Lomax, Professor Alison Heppenstall, and Dr. Patricia Ternes investigating the social determinants of health at the neighbourhood and individual level. Robert plans to work on the estimation of health transition probabilities for dynamic microsimulation using longitudinal data analysis and agent-based modelling.
Robert contributes to Workstrand 5 of SIPHER.
- Ruth LuptonInclusive Growth ExpertManchester, UKRuth LuptonInclusive Growth Expert
Ruth is a Professor of Education at the University of Manchester, where her research interests centre around education, disadvantage and place. She also works more broadly in the field of social policy, focusing on poverty and inequality in the UK and particularly on spatial inequalities and policies to address them, including neighbourhood regeneration and city-region devolution. She currently heads the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit at the University of Manchester (IGAU), funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the University. As interest in ‘inclusive growth’ emerges in the UK, IGAU is exploring what can be done locally to ensure more even distribution of the benefits of economic growth.
Ruth is a SIPHER Inclusive Growth Expert, working across the 8 SIPHER Workstrands to shape and support our work on Inclusive Growth.
- Simon McNamaraPhD StudentSheffield, UKSimon McNamaraPhD Student
Simon McNamara is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. He is a member of the ScHARR Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science. Simon’s research interests include: the valuation of the health and wellbeing benefits of public-policy interventions; application of public preferences in policy-making; and, the ways in which public concern for inequalities in health could, and should, be captured in decision-making.
- Suzy PaisleyWorkstrand 2 LeadSheffield, UKSuzy PaisleyWorkstrand 2 Lead
Suzy is Director of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (IKT) in the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. She is responsible for ScHARR’s consultancy portfolio, IKT Business Team and Short Course Unit. She is an Information Specialist with an interest in information retrieval methods to inform evidence synthesis studies, particularly decision-analytic models of cost-effectiveness.
Suzy leads SIPHER Workstrand 2, Evidence Synthesis, which develops and applies iterative literature search and review strategies that are suitable for supporting complex systems modelling.
- Tarani ChandolaWork and Health ExpertManchesterTarani ChandolaWork and Health Expert
Tarani is a Professor of Medical Sociology based in Social Statistics and the Cathie Marsh Institute based at the University of Manchester. He is the head of the department of Social Statistics, a co-director of the Social-Biological (Soc-B) Centre for Doctoral training and the ESRC Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS).
Tarani's research is primarily on the lifecourse social determinants of health, focusing on health inequalities and psychosocial factors, and the analysis of longitudinal cohort studies such as the Whitehall II study, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the UK Household Longitudinal Study. Much of his research is on stress at work and its effects on health and well-being through biomarkers associated with the stress.
- Victoria JohnsonPhD StudentSheffield, UKVictoria JohnsonPhD Student
Victoria is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. She is studying dynamic decision-making under the supervision of Robin Purshouse. Victoria graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2019 with an MEng degree in Systems and Control Engineering.
Victoria is a SIPHER PhD Student contributing to Workstrand 7.
- Visakan KadirkamanathanWorkstrand 4 LeadSheffield, UKVisakan KadirkamanathanWorkstrand 4 Lead
Visakan is a Professor in Signal and Information Processing at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on complex systems modelling and control with applications ranging from aerospace, biomedical and social sciences. A key area of his research is developing data driven dynamic and spatio-temporal modelling methods. He is also the Director of Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Control, Monitoring and Systems Engineering.
Visakan leads Workstrand 4 of SIPHER on Causal System Dynamics Modelling. WS4 models the dynamics and feedback effects of higher-order causal processes, for example the relationships between unemployment, poverty and mortality.
- Yannish NaikWorkstrand 2 & 4 ResearcherLeedsYannish NaikWorkstrand 2 & 4 Researcher
Yannish is a Public Health Specialty Registrar based with SIPHER two days a week, during his final year of Public Health training. Yannish's core interest is in how to develop a healthy and environmentally sustainable society, with a focus on the economy. Yannish has worked at the local, regional and national level, including work with local authorities, Public Health England, universities and most recently The Health Foundation.
Yannish recently completed an umbrella review of the macroeconomic determinants of health and is currently collaborating with SIPHER Workstreams 2 & 4.
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