Dr Phil Mason
- Research Fellow (People, Place & Social Change)
From a background in pure and applied Evolutionary Biology (University of York, University of East Anglia and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), I moved into Social Science research at the University of Glasgow in 2004.
As a member of (the Department of) Urban Studies, I worked on the Scottish Health, Housing and Regeneration Project (SHARP) between 2004 and 2006, a longitudinal, quasi-experimental investigation of the health effects of urban regeneration and new social housing throughout Scotland.
From 2006 to mid-2017, I was the data manager and main statistician on the GoWell Research and Learning Programme, investigating housing- and neighbourhood-based urban regeneration in 15 of Glasgow's most deprived areas, and individual and neighbourhood-level characteristics on physical and mental health and wellbeing.
In May 2017, I joined the Urban Big Data Centre to work on the Educational Disadvantage and Place project, which is investigating neighbourhood effects on Secondary, Further and Higher Education outcomes and trajectories into work in Glasgow and the seven surrounding Local Authority areas.
My research activities cohere around an interest in how neighbourhood characteristics (the built enviornment, deprivation, etc.) may affect people's lives and be responsible for inequalities in society.
In my current post in the Urban Big Data Centre, I am examining this in relation to Secondary, Further and Higher Educational outcomes and trajectories into employment in Glasgow and nearby Local Authorities.
Previously, I have looked at aspects of physical and mental health and positive mental wellbeing, health behaviours (especially physical activity and neighbourhood walking), crime and antisocial behaviour, drivers of (un)employment, urban regeneration, neighbourhood change and residential relocation, typically in the context of the built environments of deprived neighbourhoods.
Mason, P., Curl, A. and Kearns, A. (2016) Domains and levels of physical activity are linked to mental health and wellbeing in deprived neighbourhoods: a cross-sectional study. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 11, pp. 19-28. (doi:10.1016/j.mhpa.2016.07.001)
Mason, P., Kearns, A. and Livingston, M. (2013) "Safe going": the influence of crime rates and perceived crime and safety on walking in deprived neighbourhoods. Social Science and Medicine, 91, pp. 15-24. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.04.011)
Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2015) Regeneration, relocation and health behaviours in deprived communities. Health and Place, 32, pp. 43-58. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.12.012)
I co-supervise a PhD student in Urban Studies who is measuring and mapping place attachment in Edinburgh to find out how urban residents develop emotional attachments to their local built environment and neighbourhood, with a particular focus on the role of historic places, spaces and buildings.
I lecture on Planning for Healthy Cities, and conduct introductory quantitative data analysis workshops, as part of the Spatial Planning Strategies postgraduate course in Urban Studies.
In previous years, I have taught, through lectures and practical workshops, quantitative research methods to Public Policty undergraduate students.