Our Team

Who is running this project?

The Kids’ Environment and Health project is being led by University College London in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, City University, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Brock University. We work closely with the Office of National Statistics, Department of Education, and NHS England. This project is funded by Administrative Data Research UK (ADR-UK).

Dr Pia Hardelid

Pia Hardelid

UCL

principal investigator

My research focuses on using routinely collected health data (including birth and death certificates, hospital admission records and general practice databases) for child health research. I have used these data to estimate the effectiveness of influenza vaccines, determine the role of chronic conditions in childhood mortality, and carry out international comparisons of childhood morbidity and mortality.

Alister Baird

Alister Baird

UCL

principal scientist

I am a post-doctoral researcher on the Kids’ Environment and Health project. We are developing a novel data resource for researchers to investigate environmental determinants of children’s physical and mental health. I am also involved in research exploring how nature and urban greenspaces can be utilised to promote positive mental well-being in both neurotypical and neurodiverse populations.

Professor Steven Cummins

Steven Cummins

London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine

co-investigator

Research interests include the social and environmental determinants of population health and health inequalities; evaluation of complex population health interventions, complex systems thinking, use of natural experiments in evidence-based policy, and the research-policy interface. 

Emilie Courtin

London School of Economics and Political Science

co-investigator

My research combines social epidemiology and social policy to assess how non-medical policies influence health and disease. I use experimental and quasi-experimental methods to evaluate the long-term health effects of public policies shaping socioeconomic conditions.

Dr Vahé Nafilyan

Vahé Nafilyan

Office for National Statistics

co-investigator

Originally an economist, Vahé has interests in epidemiology and population health. He is currently interested in the social and environmental determinants of adult health and the evaluation of the health effects of social policies. He now works full time as Principal Statistician at ONS, where he leads the Health Modelling Hub, and conducts research projects aiming at helping the COVID-19 response. He completed a PhD in Economics at King’s College London.

Dr Samantha Hajna

Dr Samantha Hajna

Brock University

co-investigator

I am a Research Fellow working on the Air Pollution, housing and respiratory tract Infections in Children: NatIonal birth Cohort study (PICNIC Study) and on the Cohort for research in the Kids’ Environment and Health (KEHC) project. As part of the PICNIC Study, I am using linked administrative records to examine the associations between air pollution and bronchiolitis in children. As part of KEHC, I will be supporting research into the associations between greenspaces and mental health outcomes among adolescents.

Professor Alison Macfarlane

City University

co-investigator

Particular areas of interest are inequalities in health of parents and babies particularly in relation to social factors, migration and access to maternity care, multiple births and their implications, comparisons of birth in community and hospital settings, history of official statistics and maternity statistics in particular, including Florence Nightingale’s involvement with maternity statistics.