Mrs Laura MacDonald

  • Research Assistant (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit)

telephone: 01413537539
email: Laura.Macdonald@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

Laura Macdonald graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1999 with an M.A. (Hons) in Sociology, and went on to do a postgraduate diploma in IT at Paisley University.  She began working for the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in February 2001 as a Research Assistant within the Social and Spatial Patterning team, now known as Neighbourhoods and Communities, investigating the processes by which features of the local social and physical environment might influence health and the ability to lead a healthy life. In August 2016 Laura completed a part-time Master’s degree in GIS through distance-learning at the University of Southampton, with her dissertation looking at associations between built environment supports for exercise within home and workplace neighbourhoods and physical activity behaviour.

Laura has been involved in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software to map features of the local environment within Scotland, and her current research interests include:- spatial patterning of environmental ‘bads’, such as fast food, tobacco, alcohol, and gambling outlets, by area deprivation; and neighbourhood built environment supports for physical activity behaviour. She is involved in work relating to a number of projects, including  'Walkability around Scottish Primary Schools' (WASPS), 'Transport, Housing and Well-being in West Central Scotland' (2010) (THAW), 'Studying Physical Activity in Children’s Environments across Scotland' (SPACES), and GoWell.

Research interests

Research interests: Place-basedhealth inequalities, neighbourhood barriers and facilitators for health, built environment correlates of physical activity, spatial analysis.

Expertise: Quantitative social research, Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Publications

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Number of items: 28.

2017

Olsen, J., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2017) Changes over time in population level transport satisfaction and mode of travel: a 13 year repeat cross-sectional study, UK. Journal of Transport and Health, (Accepted for Publication)

2016

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., and Kearns, A. (2016) Are housing tenure and car access still associated with health? A repeat cross-sectional study of UK adults over a 13-year period. BMJ Open, 6(11), e012268. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012268) (PMID:27807086) (PMCID:PMC5128997)

Macdonald, L., Mccrorie, P., Nicholls, N., and Ellaway, A. (2016) Walkability around primary schools and area deprivation across Scotland. BMC Public Health, 16, 328. (doi:10.1186/s12889-016-2994-0) (PMID:27080230) (PMCID:PMC4832497)

2014

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, S., Macdonald, L., and Nicholls, N. (2014) Context Briefing 3: Changes over time in the provision of amenities and facilities. Other. GoWell, Glasgow.

2013

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., and Forsyth, A. (2013) Exploring The Alcogenic Environment Across Glasgow City: An Audit Of Alcohol Off Sales. Working Paper. Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.

Macdonald, L., Kearns, A., and Ellaway, A. (2013) Do residents’ perceptions of being well-placed and objective presence of local amenities match? A case study in West Central Scotland, UK. BMC Public Health, 13(1), p. 454. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-454)

Young, R., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2013) Associations between proximity and density of local alcohol outlets and alcohol use among Scottish adolescents. Health and Place, 19, pp. 124-130. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.10.004)

2012

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., Lamb, K., Thornton, L., Day, P., and Pearce, J. (2012) Do obesity-promoting food environments cluster around socially disadvantaged schools in Glasgow, Scotland? Health and Place, 18(6), pp. 1335-1340. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.06.001)

Thornton, L. E., Pearce, J. R., Macdonald, L., Lamb, K. E., and Ellaway, A. (2012) Does the choice of neighbourhood supermarket access measure influence associations with individual-level fruit and vegetable consumption? A case study from Glasgow. International Journal of Health Geographics, 11(1), p. 29. (doi:10.1186/1476-072X-11-29)

2011

Macdonald, L., Ellaway, A., Ball, K., and Macintyre, S. (2011) Is proximity to a food retail store associated with diet and BMI in Glasgow, Scotland? BMC Public Health, 11, p. 464. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-464)

2010

Wilson, K., Eyles, J., Ellaway, A., Macintyre, S., and Macdonald, L. (2010) Health status and health behaviours in neighbourhoods: a comparison of Glasgow, Scotland and Hamilton, Canada. Health and Place, 16(2), pp. 331-338. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.11.001)

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., Forsyth, A., and Macintyre, S. (2010) The socio-spatial distribution of alcohol outlets in Glasgow city. Health and Place, 16(1), pp. 167-172. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.08.007)

2009

Macdonald, L., Ellaway, A.,, and Macintyre, S. (2009) The food retail environment and area deprivation in Glasgow City. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6, p. 52. (doi:10.1186/1479-5868-6-52)

2008

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2008) Do poorer people have poorer access to local resources and facilities? The distribution of local resources by area deprivation in Glasgow, Scotland. Social Science and Medicine, 67(6), pp. 900-914. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.05.029)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2008) Lack of agreement between measured and self-reported distance from public green parks in Glasgow, Scotland. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 5(1), p. 26. (doi:10.1186/1479-5868-5-26)

Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2008) The Socio-Spatial Distribution of Alcohol Outlets in Glasgow City Using a Range of Geographic Scales. Working Paper. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.

2007

Benzeval, M. et al. (2007) West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: Health in the Community: Wave 5 Fieldwork Protocol. Project Report. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.

Macdonald, L., Cummins, S., and Macintyre, S. (2007) Neighbourhood fast food environment and area deprivation—substitution or concentration? Appetite, 49(1), pp. 251-254. (doi:10.1016/j.appet.2006.11.004)

2006

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2006) Lay concepts of the relative importance of different influences on health; are there major socio-demographic variations? Health Education Research, 21(5), pp. 731-739. (doi:10.1093/her/cyl015)

2005

Cummins, S., Macdonald, L., and Macintyre, S. (2005) McDonald’s restaurants and neighborhood deprivation in Scotland and England. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 29(4), pp. 308-310. (doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2005.06.011)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., Cummins, S., and Burns, C. (2005) Out-of-home food outlets and area deprivation: case study in Glasgow, UK. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2(1), p. 16. (doi:10.1186/1479-5868-2-16)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2005) Are rich people or poor people more likely to be ill? Lay perceptions, by social class and neighbourhood, of inequalities in health. Social Science and Medicine, 60(2), pp. 313-317. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.08.001)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2005) Who is more likely to experience common disorders: men, women, or both equally? Lay perceptions in the West of Scotland. International Journal of Epidemiology, 34(2), pp. 461-466. (doi:10.1093/ije/dyh333)

2004

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., Macintyre, S., Kearns, A., and Hiscock, R. (2004) Are social comparisons of homes and cars related to psychosocial health? International Journal of Epidemiology, 33(5), pp. 1065-1071. (doi:10.1093/ije/dyh197)

2003

Ellaway, A., Macintyre, S., and Macdonald, L. (2003) The historical specificity of early life car ownership as an indicator of socioeconomic position. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(4), pp. 277-278. (doi:10.1136/jech.57.4.277)

Macdonald, L., Macintyre, S., and Ellaway, A. (2003) Migration and health: a review of the international literature. Other. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.

Macintyre, S., Ellaway, A., Hiscock, R., Kearns, A., Der, G., and Macdonald, L. (2003) What features of the home and the area might help to explain observed relationships between housing tenure and health? Evidence from the West of Scotland. Health and Place, 9(3), pp. 207-218. (doi:10.1016/S1353-8292(02)00040-0)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., Der, G., and Hiscock, R. (2003) Socio-economic position and health: what you observe depends on how you measure it. Journal of Public Health, 25(4), pp. 288-294. (doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdg089)

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Number of items: 28.

Articles

Olsen, J., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2017) Changes over time in population level transport satisfaction and mode of travel: a 13 year repeat cross-sectional study, UK. Journal of Transport and Health, (Accepted for Publication)

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., and Kearns, A. (2016) Are housing tenure and car access still associated with health? A repeat cross-sectional study of UK adults over a 13-year period. BMJ Open, 6(11), e012268. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012268) (PMID:27807086) (PMCID:PMC5128997)

Macdonald, L., Mccrorie, P., Nicholls, N., and Ellaway, A. (2016) Walkability around primary schools and area deprivation across Scotland. BMC Public Health, 16, 328. (doi:10.1186/s12889-016-2994-0) (PMID:27080230) (PMCID:PMC4832497)

Macdonald, L., Kearns, A., and Ellaway, A. (2013) Do residents’ perceptions of being well-placed and objective presence of local amenities match? A case study in West Central Scotland, UK. BMC Public Health, 13(1), p. 454. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-454)

Young, R., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2013) Associations between proximity and density of local alcohol outlets and alcohol use among Scottish adolescents. Health and Place, 19, pp. 124-130. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.10.004)

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., Lamb, K., Thornton, L., Day, P., and Pearce, J. (2012) Do obesity-promoting food environments cluster around socially disadvantaged schools in Glasgow, Scotland? Health and Place, 18(6), pp. 1335-1340. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.06.001)

Thornton, L. E., Pearce, J. R., Macdonald, L., Lamb, K. E., and Ellaway, A. (2012) Does the choice of neighbourhood supermarket access measure influence associations with individual-level fruit and vegetable consumption? A case study from Glasgow. International Journal of Health Geographics, 11(1), p. 29. (doi:10.1186/1476-072X-11-29)

Macdonald, L., Ellaway, A., Ball, K., and Macintyre, S. (2011) Is proximity to a food retail store associated with diet and BMI in Glasgow, Scotland? BMC Public Health, 11, p. 464. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-464)

Wilson, K., Eyles, J., Ellaway, A., Macintyre, S., and Macdonald, L. (2010) Health status and health behaviours in neighbourhoods: a comparison of Glasgow, Scotland and Hamilton, Canada. Health and Place, 16(2), pp. 331-338. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.11.001)

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., Forsyth, A., and Macintyre, S. (2010) The socio-spatial distribution of alcohol outlets in Glasgow city. Health and Place, 16(1), pp. 167-172. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.08.007)

Macdonald, L., Ellaway, A.,, and Macintyre, S. (2009) The food retail environment and area deprivation in Glasgow City. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6, p. 52. (doi:10.1186/1479-5868-6-52)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2008) Do poorer people have poorer access to local resources and facilities? The distribution of local resources by area deprivation in Glasgow, Scotland. Social Science and Medicine, 67(6), pp. 900-914. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.05.029)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2008) Lack of agreement between measured and self-reported distance from public green parks in Glasgow, Scotland. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 5(1), p. 26. (doi:10.1186/1479-5868-5-26)

Macdonald, L., Cummins, S., and Macintyre, S. (2007) Neighbourhood fast food environment and area deprivation—substitution or concentration? Appetite, 49(1), pp. 251-254. (doi:10.1016/j.appet.2006.11.004)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2006) Lay concepts of the relative importance of different influences on health; are there major socio-demographic variations? Health Education Research, 21(5), pp. 731-739. (doi:10.1093/her/cyl015)

Cummins, S., Macdonald, L., and Macintyre, S. (2005) McDonald’s restaurants and neighborhood deprivation in Scotland and England. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 29(4), pp. 308-310. (doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2005.06.011)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., Cummins, S., and Burns, C. (2005) Out-of-home food outlets and area deprivation: case study in Glasgow, UK. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2(1), p. 16. (doi:10.1186/1479-5868-2-16)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2005) Are rich people or poor people more likely to be ill? Lay perceptions, by social class and neighbourhood, of inequalities in health. Social Science and Medicine, 60(2), pp. 313-317. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.08.001)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2005) Who is more likely to experience common disorders: men, women, or both equally? Lay perceptions in the West of Scotland. International Journal of Epidemiology, 34(2), pp. 461-466. (doi:10.1093/ije/dyh333)

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., Macintyre, S., Kearns, A., and Hiscock, R. (2004) Are social comparisons of homes and cars related to psychosocial health? International Journal of Epidemiology, 33(5), pp. 1065-1071. (doi:10.1093/ije/dyh197)

Ellaway, A., Macintyre, S., and Macdonald, L. (2003) The historical specificity of early life car ownership as an indicator of socioeconomic position. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(4), pp. 277-278. (doi:10.1136/jech.57.4.277)

Macintyre, S., Ellaway, A., Hiscock, R., Kearns, A., Der, G., and Macdonald, L. (2003) What features of the home and the area might help to explain observed relationships between housing tenure and health? Evidence from the West of Scotland. Health and Place, 9(3), pp. 207-218. (doi:10.1016/S1353-8292(02)00040-0)

Macintyre, S., Macdonald, L., Der, G., and Hiscock, R. (2003) Socio-economic position and health: what you observe depends on how you measure it. Journal of Public Health, 25(4), pp. 288-294. (doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdg089)

Research Reports or Papers

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, S., Macdonald, L., and Nicholls, N. (2014) Context Briefing 3: Changes over time in the provision of amenities and facilities. Other. GoWell, Glasgow.

Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., and Forsyth, A. (2013) Exploring The Alcogenic Environment Across Glasgow City: An Audit Of Alcohol Off Sales. Working Paper. Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.

Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A. (2008) The Socio-Spatial Distribution of Alcohol Outlets in Glasgow City Using a Range of Geographic Scales. Working Paper. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.

Benzeval, M. et al. (2007) West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: Health in the Community: Wave 5 Fieldwork Protocol. Project Report. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.

Macdonald, L., Macintyre, S., and Ellaway, A. (2003) Migration and health: a review of the international literature. Other. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.

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