Dr Phil Mason

  • Research Fellow (People, Place & Social Change)

Biography

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.


Research interests

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.


Supervision

PhD Supervision

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.


Teaching

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.


All publications

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Number of items: 29.

2019

Anejionu, O. C.D., Thakuriah, P. (V.), McHugh, A., Sun, Y. , Mcarthur, D. , Mason, P. and Walpole, R. (2019) Spatial urban data system: a cloud-enabled big data infrastructure for social and economic urban analytics. Future Generation Computer Systems, 98, pp. 456-473. (doi:10.1016/j.future.2019.03.052)

Curl, A. and Mason, P. (2019) Neighbourhood perceptions and older adults’ wellbeing: does walking explain the relationship in deprived urban communities? Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 123, pp. 119-129. (doi:10.1016/j.tra.2018.11.008)

2018

Curl, A. , Kearns, A. , Macdonald, L. , Mason, P. and Ellaway, A. (2018) Can walking habits be encouraged through area-based regeneration and relocation? A longitudinal study of deprived communities in Glasgow, UK. Journal of Transport and Health, 10, pp. 44-55. (doi:10.1016/j.jth.2018.06.004)

Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2018) Entering and leaving employment in deprived neighbourhoods undergoing area regeneration. Local Economy, 33(5), pp. 537-561. (doi:10.1177/0269094218795595)

2016

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)

2015

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)

Curl, A. , Kearns, A. , Mason, P. , Egan, M., Tannahill, C. and Ellaway, A. (2015) Physical and mental health outcomes following housing improvements: evidence from the GoWell Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 69(1), pp. 12-19. (doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204064) (PMID:25205160)

2013

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)

Bond, L., Kearns, A. , Tannahill, C., Egan, M. and Mason, P. (2013) Community Outcomes Over Time: A Comparison Across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell Community Surveys. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Bond, L., Kearns, A. , Tannahill, C., Egan, M. and Mason, P. (2013) Housing Outcomes Over Time: A Comparison Across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell Community Surveys. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Bond, L., Kearns, A. , Tannahill, C., Egan, M. and Mason, P. (2013) Neighbourhood Outcomes Over Time: A Comparison Across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell Community Surveys. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Egan, M., Tannahill, C., Bond, L., Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2013) Health Outcomes Over Time: A Comparison Across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell Community Surveys. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Egan, M., Tannahill, C., Bond, L., Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2013) A Synthesis of GoWell Research Findings About the Links Between Regeneration and Health. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2013) Defining and measuring displacement: is relocation from restructured neighbourhoods always unwelcome and disruptive? Housing Studies, 28(2), pp. 177-204. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2013.767885)

Mason, P. and Kearns, A. (2013) Physical activity and mental wellbeing in deprived neighbourhoods. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 6(2), pp. 111-117. (doi:10.1016/j.mhpa.2013.06.005)

2012

Bond, L., Kearns, A. , Mason, P. , Tannahill, C., Egan, M. and Whitley, E. (2012) Exploring the relationships between housing, neighbourhoods and mental wellbeing for residents of deprived areas. BMC Public Health, 12, p. 48. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-48)

Kearns, A. , Whitley, E., Mason, P. and Bond, L. (2012) 'Living the high life'? Residential, social and psychosocial outcomes for high-rise occupants in a deprived context. Housing Studies, 27(1), pp. 97-126. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2012.632080)

2011

Kearns, A. , Whitley, E. , Mason, P. , Petticrew, M. and Hoy, C. (2011) Material and meaningful homes: mental health impacts and psychosocial benefits of rehousing to new dwellings. International Journal of Public Health, 56(6), pp. 597-607. (doi:10.1007/s00038-011-0275-3)

Mason, P., Kearns, A. and Bond, L. (2011) Neighbourhood walking and regeneration in deprived communities. Health and Place, 17(3), pp. 727-737. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.01.010)

Mason, P. and Pryce, G. (2011) Controlling for transactions bias in regional house price indices. Housing Studies, 26(5), pp. 639-660. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2011.581908)

2010

Egan, M. et al. (2010) Protocol for a mixed methods study investigating the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of residents: the GoWell programme. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 10(1), 41. (doi:10.1186/1471-2288-10-41)

2009

Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2009) Mixed tenure communities and neighbourhood quality. In: Blasius, J., Friedrichs, J. and Galster, G. (eds.) Quantifying Neighbourhood Effects: Frontiers and Perspectives. Routledge. ISBN 9780415478090

Petticrew, M., Kearns, A. , Mason, P. and Hoy, C. (2009) The SHARP study: a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the short-term outcomes of housing and neighbourhood renewal. BMC Public Health, 9, p. 415. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-415)

2008

Kearns, A. , Petticrew, M., Mason, P. and Whitley, E. (2008) SHARP Survey Findings: Mental Health and Wellbeing outcomes. Technical Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Kearns, A. , Petticrew, M., Mason, P. and Whitley, E. (2008) SHARP Survey Findings: Physical Health and Health Behaviour Outcomes. Technical Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Kearns, A. , Petticrew, M., Mason, P. and Whitley, E. (2008) SHARP Survey Findings: Social and Community Outcomes. Technical Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Petticrew, M., Kearns, A. , Hoy, C., Mason, P. , Gibson, M. and Whitley, E. (2008) The SHARP Study: Findings of a Controlled Study of the Effects of Housing and Neighbourhood Change on Health and Well-Being. Technical Report. Scottish Government, Edinburgh, UK.

Petticrew, M., Kearns, A. , Hoy, C., Gibson, M. and Mason, P. (2008) The SHARP Study: Objectives, Design and Methodology. Project Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh.

2007

Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2007) Mixed tenure communities and neighbourhood quality. Housing Studies, 22(5), pp. 661-691. (doi:10.1080/02673030701474628)

This list was generated on Sat Sep 14 17:10:52 2019 BST.
Number of items: 29.

Articles

Anejionu, O. C.D., Thakuriah, P. (V.), McHugh, A., Sun, Y. , Mcarthur, D. , Mason, P. and Walpole, R. (2019) Spatial urban data system: a cloud-enabled big data infrastructure for social and economic urban analytics. Future Generation Computer Systems, 98, pp. 456-473. (doi:10.1016/j.future.2019.03.052)

Curl, A. and Mason, P. (2019) Neighbourhood perceptions and older adults’ wellbeing: does walking explain the relationship in deprived urban communities? Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 123, pp. 119-129. (doi:10.1016/j.tra.2018.11.008)

Curl, A. , Kearns, A. , Macdonald, L. , Mason, P. and Ellaway, A. (2018) Can walking habits be encouraged through area-based regeneration and relocation? A longitudinal study of deprived communities in Glasgow, UK. Journal of Transport and Health, 10, pp. 44-55. (doi:10.1016/j.jth.2018.06.004)

Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2018) Entering and leaving employment in deprived neighbourhoods undergoing area regeneration. Local Economy, 33(5), pp. 537-561. (doi:10.1177/0269094218795595)

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)

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)

Curl, A. , Kearns, A. , Mason, P. , Egan, M., Tannahill, C. and Ellaway, A. (2015) Physical and mental health outcomes following housing improvements: evidence from the GoWell Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 69(1), pp. 12-19. (doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204064) (PMID:25205160)

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. (2013) Defining and measuring displacement: is relocation from restructured neighbourhoods always unwelcome and disruptive? Housing Studies, 28(2), pp. 177-204. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2013.767885)

Mason, P. and Kearns, A. (2013) Physical activity and mental wellbeing in deprived neighbourhoods. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 6(2), pp. 111-117. (doi:10.1016/j.mhpa.2013.06.005)

Bond, L., Kearns, A. , Mason, P. , Tannahill, C., Egan, M. and Whitley, E. (2012) Exploring the relationships between housing, neighbourhoods and mental wellbeing for residents of deprived areas. BMC Public Health, 12, p. 48. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-48)

Kearns, A. , Whitley, E., Mason, P. and Bond, L. (2012) 'Living the high life'? Residential, social and psychosocial outcomes for high-rise occupants in a deprived context. Housing Studies, 27(1), pp. 97-126. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2012.632080)

Kearns, A. , Whitley, E. , Mason, P. , Petticrew, M. and Hoy, C. (2011) Material and meaningful homes: mental health impacts and psychosocial benefits of rehousing to new dwellings. International Journal of Public Health, 56(6), pp. 597-607. (doi:10.1007/s00038-011-0275-3)

Mason, P., Kearns, A. and Bond, L. (2011) Neighbourhood walking and regeneration in deprived communities. Health and Place, 17(3), pp. 727-737. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.01.010)

Mason, P. and Pryce, G. (2011) Controlling for transactions bias in regional house price indices. Housing Studies, 26(5), pp. 639-660. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2011.581908)

Egan, M. et al. (2010) Protocol for a mixed methods study investigating the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of residents: the GoWell programme. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 10(1), 41. (doi:10.1186/1471-2288-10-41)

Petticrew, M., Kearns, A. , Mason, P. and Hoy, C. (2009) The SHARP study: a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the short-term outcomes of housing and neighbourhood renewal. BMC Public Health, 9, p. 415. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-415)

Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2007) Mixed tenure communities and neighbourhood quality. Housing Studies, 22(5), pp. 661-691. (doi:10.1080/02673030701474628)

Book Sections

Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2009) Mixed tenure communities and neighbourhood quality. In: Blasius, J., Friedrichs, J. and Galster, G. (eds.) Quantifying Neighbourhood Effects: Frontiers and Perspectives. Routledge. ISBN 9780415478090

Research Reports or Papers

Bond, L., Kearns, A. , Tannahill, C., Egan, M. and Mason, P. (2013) Community Outcomes Over Time: A Comparison Across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell Community Surveys. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Bond, L., Kearns, A. , Tannahill, C., Egan, M. and Mason, P. (2013) Housing Outcomes Over Time: A Comparison Across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell Community Surveys. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Bond, L., Kearns, A. , Tannahill, C., Egan, M. and Mason, P. (2013) Neighbourhood Outcomes Over Time: A Comparison Across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell Community Surveys. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Egan, M., Tannahill, C., Bond, L., Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2013) Health Outcomes Over Time: A Comparison Across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell Community Surveys. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Egan, M., Tannahill, C., Bond, L., Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2013) A Synthesis of GoWell Research Findings About the Links Between Regeneration and Health. Project Report. GoWell, Glasgow.

Kearns, A. , Petticrew, M., Mason, P. and Whitley, E. (2008) SHARP Survey Findings: Mental Health and Wellbeing outcomes. Technical Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Kearns, A. , Petticrew, M., Mason, P. and Whitley, E. (2008) SHARP Survey Findings: Physical Health and Health Behaviour Outcomes. Technical Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Kearns, A. , Petticrew, M., Mason, P. and Whitley, E. (2008) SHARP Survey Findings: Social and Community Outcomes. Technical Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Petticrew, M., Kearns, A. , Hoy, C., Mason, P. , Gibson, M. and Whitley, E. (2008) The SHARP Study: Findings of a Controlled Study of the Effects of Housing and Neighbourhood Change on Health and Well-Being. Technical Report. Scottish Government, Edinburgh, UK.

Petticrew, M., Kearns, A. , Hoy, C., Gibson, M. and Mason, P. (2008) The SHARP Study: Objectives, Design and Methodology. Project Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh.

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