Mr Benjamin Rigby

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


91 Berkely Street, Glasgow, G3 7DX



Ben is a research assistant in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, where he primarily supports the complexity in health programme to develop and apply research methods that are designed for understanding the various interdependent factors that shape the impact of interventions and policies aimed at improving heath and to reduce health inequalities. 

Ben joined Glasgow University from Durham University in June 2021, where he continues to study for his ESRC NETDC-funded PhD in social policy. His doctoral research explores how notions of complexity and systems-thinking are considered and implemented in physical activity policy. In 2019, Ben spent three months working for Public Health England as part of the UKRI policy internship scheme.

Ben previously also read for a BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity (2012-2015) followed by an MA Social Research Methods (Social Policy; 2016-2017), both at Durham University.

Ben is an associate member of Fuse: the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

View Ben's Google Scholar and ORCiD pages. 

Previous Research Grants (obtained before starting in Glasgow):


  • Physical activity for disabled children and young people, Department of Health and Social Care (value not declared). Start: 03/21; duration 6 months.
  • Theories of complex systems and policy implementation in community-based health promotion, UKRI Economic and Social Research Council (£72,436). Start 10/16; duration 5 years.


Research interests

Research interests: physical activity, policy, implementation, health inequalities, evidence reviews, complex systems thinking, participatory engagement, public health guidance, complex realism.

Expertise: qualitative research, evidence-reviewing, complexity methods, policy engagement.