Mrs Laura MacDonald
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Laura Macdonald graduated from the University of Glasgow with an M.A. (Hons) in Sociology and began working within the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in 2001 within the Places and Health Programme, studying the processes by which features of the local social and physical environment influence health. In August 2016 Laura obtained a MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with distinction, from 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 GIS software to map features of the local environment within Glasgow and 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/active travel behaviour. Current projects include exploring how changes in the built environment over time may be associated with mortality, and how exposure to heritage sites influence health and well-being. She has been involved in a number of research studies including 'Transport, Housing and Well-being in West Central Scotland' (THAW), 'Studying Physical Activity in Children’s Environments across Scotland' (SPACES), and built environment change.
ORCiD - orcid.org/0000-0002-0593-8079
Twitter - https://twitter.com/lauramacd78
Research interests: Place-based health inequalities, neighbourhood barriers and facilitators for health, built environment correlates of physical activity, spatial analysis.
Expertise: Quantitative social research, Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Mental wellbeing among call centres employees in the Philippines: A complex systems approach to intervention development
Medical Research Council
2021 - 2022
Laura lectures on the 'Sustainability, Environment, and Health' module for the MSc of Public Health.
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2016: Dean’s List Award for Outstanding Achievement (for coursework and dissertation in MSc GIS) (Dean of the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences at Southampton University)