Former PhD student awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize
posted on: Oct 25, 2007
Steven Cummins, a former PhD student at this Unit, has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of his research achievements in geography, epidemiology and public health. Steven is currently based at the Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London.
Philip Leverhulme Prizes are awarded to outstanding scholars (normally under the age of 36) who have made a substantial contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise. Approximately 25 Prizes are available each year. The Prizes are awarded across a broad range of disciplines including Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, History of Art, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History, Mathematics and Statistics and Zoology. Each Prize comes with an award of £70000 to advance research of the recipients' choosing.
Steven, is a geographer (BSc) with training in epidemiology (MSc) and public health (PhD). He has been supported by the MRC since 1995 when he started his research career as a doctoral student in the Unit, supervised by Sally Macintyre. After three further years as a MRC grant-supported research associate he was awarded a four-year MRC Special Training Fellowship in Health of the Public which was held at the Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London. In October 2007 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer there and also took up a National Institute of Health Research fellowship.
Steven has been Academic Visitor at The Pennsylvania State University (2004) and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Social Epidemiology & Population Health, University of Michigan (2005-06). He has served on the committee of the RGS-IBG Geography of Health Research Group and the BSA Sociology of Food Group and, at various times, has undertaken work as an ‘invited expert' for the Food Standards Agency (2001), Public
Health Institute of Scotland (2003), Department of Health (2005) and the US National Cancer Institute (2007) amongst other organisations. In 2007 he was elected as full committee member of the Society for Social Medicine, appointed as a member of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada Review Panel on Obesity and the Built Environment and joined the IPPR Centre for Cities ‘Consumer City' Peer Review Group. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in November 2007.
Steven's primary research interests are in the contextual and socio-environmental determinants of health; the design and evaluation of community social and policy interventions to improve population health; the consumer consequences of food retail restructuring; and the public policy implications of geographical research. His work has been supported by MRC, ESRC, Department of Health, NIHR, Food Standards
Agency (Scotland) and the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
For the next three years much of Steven's current work will be consolidated and extended under a new three-year National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) fellowship that will allow personal time to pursue three linked projects on the environmental determinants of diet and physical activity. The award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize will allow the further development of these and other related projects with a particular focus on the development of new research projects that would be considered ‘risky' by traditional grant awarding bodies.
Details of current projects and papers can be found on Steven's staff webpage here: