Career Development Fellow
Telephone: 01223 769146
UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ
PhD, MA, BSc (hons)
Background and experience
After completing a Geography BSc in 2007 and Human Geography Research MA in 2008, both at Newcastle University, Thomas developed a focussed research interest on obesogenic environments – the effects of the environment upon diet, physical activity and body weight – the geography of these environments and their inherent environmental injustices. A PhD, also at Newcastle University, allowed Thomas to pursue these research interests further, examining in particular the spatialities of the obesogenic environment in North East England.
During his time at Newcastle, Thomas held the position of student representative on the committee for the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO), as well as the same position for the RGS/IBG GIScience Research Group (GIScRG).
Current work and interests
Thomas’ current research interests include the applications of novel quantitative methods, especially GIS and advanced spatial statistics to the field of obesogenic environment studies; environment effects upon dietary and physical activity behaviour and how these translate into body weight; the accuracy of secondary data and its consequences for health research and the reliability of objective environmental exposure metrics in reality, amongst others.
Professional memberships and roles
- Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) – www.aso.org.uk
- RGS/IBG GIScience Research Group (GIScRG) – http://giscience.org.uk/
- RGS/IBG Geography of Health Research Group (GHRG) – http://ghrg.wordpress.com/
Current and previous grants
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 MA/Ph.D. funding, 2008-2011