Claire Niedzwiedz

Degree: PhD, University of Glasgow

Claire Niedzwiedz's research focuses on understanding the social and political determinants of population health and health inequalities. She joined the Department of Sociology in July 2016 as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Sociology, working with Professor David Stuckler. Claire is particularly interested in exploiting natural experiments which involve changes in the political environment and their impact on health and health inequalities.

Claire completed her PhD in Public Health at the University of Glasgow, which examined the relationship between welfare regimes and socioeconomic inequalities in wellbeing among older people across Europe. After completing her PhD she undertook postdoctoral research at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) based at the University of Edinburgh. This research included studies examining inequalities in mental health, wellbeing and loneliness across Europe and ways in which these might be reduced. Claire also has a background in Physiology and previously worked for the NHS as a health analyst.

Social inequality; health and wellbeing; political epidemiology; life course; quantitative methods