From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Children and young people's environments

There is growing interest in the role of the neighbourhood context in determining the health and life chances of children and adolescents and increasing policy attention.  Our work includes an exploration of the food environment around schools, for example:

Do food outlets cluster around secondary schools?

We have examined the distribution of food outlets around secondary schools and found evidence of clustering of food outlets around schools but a more complex picture in relation to deprivation was observed. Across all schools there were numerous opportunities for pupils to purchase unhealthy foods locally (see Ellaway et al. 2012).

What foods do pupils like to eat?

In collaboration with the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, we have explored which food outlets are popular with pupils, the types of foods they purchase and whether food outlets are open at lunchtime or are promoting particular foods to pupils.


Publications

2013

Young R, Macdonald L, Ellaway A. Associations between proximity and density of local alcohol outlets and alcohol use among Scottish adolescents. Health & Place 2013;19:124-130

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2012

Birkin P, Crawford F, Mackison D, Mooney J, Ellaway A. Exploring the nutritional quality of ‘Out of School’ foods popular with school pupils. Environmental Health Scotland 2012;24:5-12

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Crawford F, Ellaway A, Mackison D, Mooney J. ‘Is eating out of school a healthy option for secondary pupils?’ A feasibility study to explore the nutritional quality of ‘out of school’ foods popular with school pupils. Glasgow, 2012

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2010

McNeill G, Osei-Assibey G, Dick S, Macdiarmid J, Semple S, Reilly J, Ellaway A, Cowie H. Obesity case study phase II summary report. Environmental Determinants of Public Health in Scotland [EDPHiS], Edinburgh, 2010

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2009

McAdam C (nee Hughes) . The socioeconomic variations in the provision, quality and public perceptions of outdoor play areas in Glasgow [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2009.

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Osei-Assibey G, McNeill G, Macdiarmid J, Semple S, Reilly J, Ellaway A. Obesity case study: phase one scoping report. Edinburgh, 2009

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Vohera S, Hurley F, Christopher Y, Ellaway A, Tedon P, Sabel C, McCollam A, Crawford J. Mental health and wellbeing case study scoping report. Edinburgh, 2009

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2007

Ellaway A, Macintyre S, Mutrie N, Kirk A. Nowhere to play? The relationship between the location of outdoor play areas and deprivation in Glasgow. Health & Place 2007;13:557-561

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2004

Kirk A, Ellaway A, Mutrie N, Macintyre S. Play for health: a pilot study investigating the distribution and features of publicly provided outdoor play areas in Glasgow. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 12, Glasgow, 2004

2003

Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Play areas for children [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57ID - 2311:313