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

Lia Demou

position: Research Fellow

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7500 (Switchboard)


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

Biography and Interests

Evangelia is a Research Fellow and co-leads the Workplaces theme within the Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations Programme. She has BSc (Hons), MSc, and MEng degrees from the University of Toronto and she completed her doctoral studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EHTZ). Evangelia joined the MRC/CSO SPHSU in 2014 as a Research Fellow, following a post-doctoral post in Public Health at the University of Glasgow. Her research is centred around understanding how health can impact on work ability and conversely how work can impact on health. In particular, her work focuses on aspects related to health and work ability, the development, implementation and evaluation of workplace interventions, practice improvement, and health promotion.

Evangelia is currently involved in a number of projects on the development, implementation, and evaluation of new and existing workplace and non-workplace interventions that consider the physical, social, and organisational opportunities and barriers to restore functional capacity in the working age population and allow individuals to have a healthy working life. Examples include the evaluation of a case-management intervention for employees of SMEs experiencing health problems, evaluating a sickness absence intervention, and participating in the redesign of services to treat musculoskeletal problems. Evangelia’s current work follows on her PhD research, which examined the health impacts of workplace exposure to pollutants, integrated health assessment tools, and emerging issues in (occupational) health and safety.



Lalloo D, Demou E, Stevenson M, Gaffney M, Macdonald EB. Comparison of competency priorities between UK occupational physicians and occupational health nurses. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2017;[epub ahead of print]



Lalloo D, Demou E, Kiran S, Cloeren M, Mendes R, Macdonald EB. An international perspective on common core competencies for occupational physicians: a modified Delphi study. Occupational & Environmental Medicine 2016;73:A53

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Lalloo D, Demou E, Kiran S, Gaffney M, Stevenson M, Macdonald E. Core competencies for UK occupational health nurses: a Delphi study. Occupational Medicine 2016;66:649-655

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Lalloo D, Demou E, Macdonald E. Trends in doctor/dentist referrals to an NHS occupational health service. Occupational Medicine 2016;66:316-9

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McClelland R, Christensen K, Mohammed S, McGuinness D, Cooney J, Bakshi A, Demou E, MacDonald E, Caslake M, Stenvinkel P, Shiels PG. Accelerated ageing and renal dysfunction links lower socioeconomic status and dietary phosphate intake. Aging 2016;8:1135-49

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Vargas-Prada S, Demou E, Lalloo D, Avila-Palencia I, Sanati K, Sampere M, Freer K, Serra C, Macdonald EB. Effectiveness of very early workplace interventions to reduce sickness absence: a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health 2016;42:261-72

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Brown J, Mackay DF, Demou E, Craig J, Frank J, Macdonald EB. The EASY (Early Access to Support for You) sickness absence service: a four year evaluation of the impact on absenteeism. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health 2015;41:204-15

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Demou E, Brown J, Sanati K, Kennedy M, Murray K, Macdonald EB. A novel approach to early sickness absence management: the EASY (Early Access to Support for You) way. Work – a Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation 2015;41:204-215

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Lalloo D, Macdonald EB, Demou E. Impact of peer review audit on occupational health report quality. Occupational Medicine 2015;65:440-443

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Rosenbaum R, Meijer A, Demou E, Hellweg S, Jolliet O, Lam N, Margni M, McKone T. Indoor air pollutant exposure for life cycle assessment: regional health impact factors for households. Environmental Science & Technology 2015;49:12823–12831

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