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.

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Staff Member Biography

Richard Shaw

Richard Shawposition: Investigator Scientist

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7565


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Richard is an epidemiologist and has a wide interest in health inequalities. He is currently working on SeniorsUSP, a project aimed at understating sedentary behaviour among older adults, and has been with the MRC unit since 2012. Prior to working at the unit he worked at the Universities of Oxford, Southampton and York. His qualifications include a PhD in Epidemiology from the University College London, an MSc in Environmental Epidemiology and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a BSc in Human Sciences from University College London. In addition to core academic work, he has been active representative for early career researchers and people on fixed term contracts.

Broadly Richard’s research interests are how a person’s social context influence their health across the life course. Past work includes investigating the impact of parent child relationships and parenting on adult health, the influence of area ethnic composition on people’s health and the determinants of social care among older adults. His work primarily involves analysis of secondary data, but he also has experience in conducting systematic reviews. Richard is currently trying to gauge the feasibility of using agent based models and other complex systems approaches to investigate health inequalities.


[in press]

Minton J, Green M, McCartney G, Shaw R, Vanderbloemen L, Pickett K. Two cheers for a small giant? Why we need better ways of seeing data: A commentary on: ‘Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among White non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century’ [commentary]. International Journal of Epidemiology [in press];[epub ahead of print]


Minton J, Shaw R, Green MA, Vanderbloemen L, Popham F, McCartney G. Visualising and quantifying 'excess deaths' in Scotland compared with the rest of the UK and the rest of Western Europe. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2017;[epub ahead of print]

open access  


Vlachantoni A, Shaw R, Evandrou M, Falkingham J. The determinants of receiving social care in later life in England. Ageing and Society 2015;35:321 - 345

open access  


Shaw RJ, Benzeval M, Popham F. To what extent do financial strain and labour force status explain social class inequalities in self-rated health? Analysis of 20 countries in the European Social Survey. PLoS One 2014;9:e110362

open access  

Shaw RJ, Green MJ, Popham F, Benzeval M. Differences in adiposity trajectories by birth cohort and childhood social class: evidence from cohorts born in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s in the West of Scotland. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2014;68:550–556

open access  


Shaw RJ, Pickett KE. The health benefits of Hispanic communities for non-Hispanic mothers and infants: another Hispanic paradox. American Journal of Public Health 2013;103:1052-1057



Bécares L, Shaw R, Nazroo J, Stafford M, Albor C, Atkin K, Kiernan K, Wilkinson R, Pickett K. Ethnic density effects on physical morbidity, mortality, and health behaviors: a systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Public Health 2012;102:e33-e66

pubmed  open access  

Shaw RJ, Atkin K, Bécares L, Albor CB, Stafford M, Kiernan KE, Nazroo JY, Wilkinson RG, Pickett KE. Impact of ethnic density on adult mental disorders: narrative review. British Journal of Psychiatry 2012;201:11-19

pubmed  open access  

Tunstall H, Cabieses B, Shaw R. The characteristics of mobile families with young children in England and the impact of their moves on neighbourhood inequalities in maternal and child health. Health & Place 2012;18:657-670