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College: Nuffield

Email: Aaron Reeves

Office: Manor Road Building,
Manor Road

Twitter: @aaronsreeves

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Aaron Reeves

Senior Research Fellow

Research Areas: Social Inequality, Social Policy, Social Stratification, Health and Well-Being, Cultural Consumption, Quantitative Methods, Social Attitudes.


Aaron Reeves' research is focused on social inequality. He is a sociologist with interests in public health, culture, and political economy. His work involves examining the causes and consequences of social, economic, and cultural inequity in Europe and North America.

Current projects include: 1. using natural experiments to examine the influence of poverty reduction policies on health and health inequalities (EU-funded grant - DEMETRIQ), 2. examining the influence of the Great Recession and austerity policies on health inequalities in Europe and North America, 3. tracing the economic, social, and political factors shaping attitudes toward the welfare state in the UK, and 4. documenting the association between social inequality and the cultural politics of class.

He is a senior research fellow in the Department of Sociology, and a research fellow with Nuffield college, at the University of Oxford.

Prior to his time at Oxford he worked briefly at the University of Cambridge and completed his PhD in Applied Social & Economic Research with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.



Arora V., Karanikolos M., Clair A., Reeves Aaron, Stuckler D., McKee M., 2015, Data Resource Profile: The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), International Journal of Epidemiology.

Loopstra R., Reeves Aaron, Taylor-Robinson D., Barr B., McKee M., Stuckler D., 2015, Austerity, sanctions, and the rise of food banks in the UK. BMJ

Reeves Aaron, Gourtsoyannis Y, Basu S., McCoy D., McKee M., Stuckler D., 2015, Financing universal health coverage: effects of alternative tax structures on public health systems in 89 low- and middle-income countries. The Lancet.

Reeves Aaron, De Vries R., forthcoming, The social gradient in cultural consumption and the information-processing hypothesis. The Sociological Review.

Glonti K., Gordeev V., Goryakin Y., Reeves Aaron, Stuckler D., McKee M., Roberts B., 2015, A systematic review on health resilience to economic crises. Plos One.

Reeves Aaron, Basu S., McKee M., Sandgren A., Semenza J., Stuckler D., 2015, Tuberculosis control and economic recession: longitudinal study of data from 21 European countries, 1991–2012. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Reeves Aaron, 2015, 'Music's a family thing': Cultural socialization and parental transference. Cultural Sociology.

Reeves Aaron, McKee M., Stuckler D., 2015, The attack on Universal Health Coverage in Europe: recession, austerity, and unmet needs. European Journal of Public Health.

Reeves Aaron, Gilbert E., Holman D., 2015, Class dis-identification, cultural stereotypes, and music preferences: experimental evidence from the UK. Poetics.

Stuckler D, Reeves Aaron, 2015, Commentary: Would your health be better if you lived in England or in the USA? International Journal of Epidemiology. Volume 44, Issue 1: pp. 238-239.

Reeves Aaron, 2015, Age-period-cohort and cultural engagement in Laurie Hanquinet and Mike Savage (Eds.), Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture. London: Routledge


Reeves Aaron, Karanikolos M., Mackenbach J., McKee M., Stuckler D., 2014, Do Employment Protection Policies Reduce the Relative Disadvantage in the Labour Market experienced by Unhealthy People? A natural experiment created by the Great Recession in Europe. Social Science and Medicine.

Reeves Aaron, 2014, Neither class nor status: arts participation and the social strata. Sociology.

Reeves Aaron, McKee M., Gunnell D., Chang S-S., Basu S., Barr B., Stuckler D., 2014, Economic shocks, resilience, and male suicides in the Great Recession: cross-national analysis of 20 EU countries. European Journal of Public Health.

Reeves Aaron, Basu S., McKee M., Stuckler D., Sandgren A., Semenza J., 2014, Social protection and tuberculosis control: cross-national analysis of 21 EU Member States 1995-2012. The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Reeves Aaron, 2014, Cultural engagement across the life-course: examining age-period-cohort effects. Cultural Trends.

Stuckler D., Reeves Aaron, Karanikolos M. and McKee M., 2014, The health effects of the global financial crisis: can we reconcile the differing views? A network analysis of literature across disciplines. Health Economics, Policy and Law: 1-17.

Kentikelenis A., Karanikolos M., Reeves Aaron, McKee M., Stuckler D., 2014, Austerity and health in Greece — Authors' reply. The Lancet, Volume 383, Issue 9928, Pages 1544 - 1545.

Reeves Aaron, McKee M., Stuckler D., 2014, Economic suicides in the Great Recession in Europe and North America. British Journal of Psychiatry.

Kentikelenis A., Karanikolos M., Reeves Aaron, McKee M., Stuckler D., 2014, Greece's health crisis: from austerity to denialism. The Lancet. Volume 383, Issue 9918, Pages 748 - 753.


Reeves Aaron, Basu S., McKee M., Stuckler D., 2013, The political economy of austerity and healthcare: cross-national analysis of expenditure changes in 27 European nations 1995-2011, Health Policy, doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.11.008

Reeves Aaron, Basu S., McKee M., Meissner C., Stuckler D., 2013, Does investment in the health sector promote or inhibit economic growth? Globalization & Health. 9:43. doi:10.1186/1744-8603-9-43

Reeves Aaron, Basu S., McKee M., Marmot M., & Stuckler D., 2013. Austere or not? UK Coalition government budgets and health inequalities. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. doi: 10.1177/0141076813501101

McDaid D, Quaglio G, Correia de Campos A, Dario C, Van Woensel L, Karapiperis T, and Reeves Aaron, 2013, Health protection in times of economic crisis: Challenges and opportunities for Europe, Journal of Public Health Policy. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2013.35

Reeves Aaron, Stuckler D., 2013. Crowd-out of defence and health spending: is Israel different from other industrialised nations? Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. 2:14

Reeves Aaron, Stuckler D., McKee M., Gunnell D., Chang S-S., Basu S. 2013. Suicide, recession, and unemployment. Authors' reply. The Lancet. 381(9868): 722-23.


Reeves Aaron, Stuckler D., McKee M., Gunnell D., Chang S-S., Basu, S. 2012. Increase in state suicide rates in the USA during economic recession. The Lancet. 380(9856): 1813-14.

Reeves Aaron, 2012. Social stratification, gender and sport participation. Sociological Research Online. 17(2).

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