Professor Andy Jones

Professor of Environmental Sciences

Programme lead – Environmental determinants of physical activity and dietary behaviour

Prof Andy JonesEmail: a.p.jones@uea.ac.uk
Telephone: 01603 593127

Address
Norwich Medical School
University of East Anglia
Norwich
Norfolk, NR4 7TJ
UK

Qualifications
BSc, PhD

Background and experience
Andy has a BSc and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the School of Environmental Sciences UEA. His PhD focussed on the association between geographical access to health services and outcomes from diseases amenable to treatment. Andy obtained a lectureship in the same department on completion of his PhD and since then has developed a research portfolio of studies which examine the influence of environmental conditions on health and related behaviours.

Current work and interests
In the last few years he has particularly focused on the role of the environment as a potential determinant of physical activity and dietary behaviours. He has worked with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Natural England on the role of urban green spaces in determining activity levels. In 2008 he lead authored a key British Government Foresight report on Obesogenic Environments, and was a member of the expert panel that produced guidelines on the environment and physical activity published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). He currently sits on the NICE expert panel looking at the role of community approaches for obesity prevention, due to publish Spring 2012.

Professional memberships and roles
Andy is a member of the Association for the Study of Obesity, and the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Publications

Current and previous grants

  • European Asthma Federation ‘A study of the risk factors for asthma’, 1997, £5,500 (3 months, completed successfully).
  • The Broads Authority ‘The broads harvester project’, 1999, £2,500 (3 months, completed successfully) (with Prof. Kerry. Turner).
  • NHS Executive Eastern ‘A study of serious and fatal road traffic accidents in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire’, £118,000, (4 years, commenced October 2000) (with Dr Robin Haynes, & Professor Ian Harvey).
  • Forestry Commission ‘Estimating arrival numbers and values for informal recreational use of British woodlands’, 2000, £5,800 (18 months, completed successfully) (Lead applicant: Prof. Ian Bateman).
  • Tyndall Centre ‘Linking sea level rise, coastal biodiversity and economic activity in Caribbean island states: A pilot study’, 2001, £25,000, (10 months, commenced June 2001) (Lead applicant: Prof. Andrew Watkinson).
  • Norfolk Constabulary ‘Norfolk Safety Camera evaluation’, £95,000, (24 months, Phase 1 (£45,000) commenced December 2001, Phase 2 (£50,000) commenced November 2002) (with Dr Robin Haynes).
  • Tyndall Centre ‘Visualising coastal futures: technologies for decision-making in participatory coastal management’, £114,000, (2.5 years, commenced October 2002) (with Professor I Bateman, Dr J Andrews, Professor A Watkinson, Dr A Haxeltine, Mr P Doktor (Environment Agency), Dr J Hiskett (Norfolk Wildlife Trust), Mr Tim Venes (Norfolk Coast Partnership)).
  • Tyndall Centre ‘Visualising coastal futures: technologies for decision-making in participatory coastal management: Additional work package’ £20,000. (with Professor I Bateman, Dr J Andrews, Professor A Watkinson, Dr A Haxeltine, Mr P Doktor (Environment Agency), Dr J Hiskett (Norfolk Wildlife Trust), Mr Tim Venes (Norfolk Coast Partnership)).
  • Tyndall Centre ‘Interactions between tourism, biodiversity and climate change in the coastal zone’, 2003, £68,000, (£24,000 ENV portion of funding) (24 months) (Lead applicant: Prof. William Sutherland).
  • HM Treasury/Department for Transport/ DEFRA ‘Rural accessibility and cancer survival’ £150,000 (3 years, commenced 1 March 2003) (with Dr Robin Haynes).
  • Norfolk Constabulary ‘Norfolk Safety Camera evaluation, Phases 3 & 4’, £100,000, (24 months, commenced February 2004) (with Dr Robin Haynes).
  • Norfolk Constabulary ‘A study of injury collisions amongst motorcyclists’, £9,750 (16 months, commenced January 2004) (with Dr Robin Haynes).
  • Department of Health. ‘Neighbourhood risks for injuries to young adults.’ £25,767 (30 months, commenced August 2004).
  • Dept of Health, ‘Neighbourhood and household influences on injuries to preschool children’ £159,095 (24 months. Commenced 1st January 2005) (Lead applicant: Prof. Robin Haynes).
  • ESRC, ‘Catchment, Hydrology, Resources, Economics and Management (CHREAM)’ £942,912 (4 years, commenced October 2005) (Lead applicant: Prof. Ian Bateman).
  • Broads Authority. ‘Norfolk Broads Ecological Corridors Visualisation Project.’ £4,500 (6 months, commenced May 2006) (with Dr Andrew Lovett).
  • Medical Research Council ‘Environmental and Social influences on Physical Activity’ £392,267 (30 months, commenced June 2006) (with Dr Iain Lake).
  • Medical Research Council ‘SPEEDY study – GPS Extension’ £25,787 (6 months, commenced June 2007).
  • French National Cancer Institute ‘International Study of Cancer Survival (INSERM)’ (1 year, commenced January 2010 £13,668 (With Professor Robin Haynes).

Research grants awarded as the Lead Applicant at UEA:

  • Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) ‘The relationship between quality of urban green space and physical activity’ (9 Months, commenced April 2005), £78,774 (With Dr Melvyn Hillsdon, University of Bristol).
  • INTERREG ‘BRANCH – Biodiversity Requires Adaptations in Northwest Europe under a CHanging climate’ (3 years, commenced January 2005), £194,110.
  • Natural England ‘Urban Green Space and Physical Activity’ (9 months, commenced January 2008), £51,070 (With Dr Melvyn Hillsdon, University of Bristol).
  • UKCRC ‘National Centre of Excellence for Diet and Physical Activity’ (5 years, due to commence January 2009), £4,995,220 (With Prof. Nick Wareham, University of Cambridge).
  • NIHR ‘Evaluation of the Cambridgeshire guided busway.’ (3 years, commenced October 2009). £948,000. (With Dr David Ogilvie, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge).
  • Dept of Health ‘Evaluation of the Health Towns initiative.’ (3 years, commenced October 2009). £892,000. (With Dr Steve Cummins, Queen Mary College London).
  • Wellcome Trust ‘FAST: The Four Hundred Area Study’ (2 years, commenced October 2009). £509,000 (With Dr Melvyn Hillsdon, University of Exeter.).
  • World Cancer Research Fund ‘The PEACHy study’ (3 years, to commence January 2010). £ 246,051 (With Dr Ashley Cooper, University of Bristol).

Organisational affiliation
Employed by Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. HEFCE funded.  www.uea.ac.uk/medicine

External  links
Andy at the University of East Anglia: www.uea.ac.uk/medicine/people/profile/a-p-jones