Mr Benjamin Rigby
- Research Assistant (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
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 health and to reduce health inequalities.
Ben joined Glasgow University from Durham University in June 2021, where he completed his ESRC NETDC-funded PhD in social policy. His doctoral research explored how ideas 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's thesis, entitled 'Complexity and physical activity policy: considerations for theory and practice' is available to download from the Durham University archive.
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.
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: 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, systems approaches, policy engagement.
Ben currently supervises two PhD students:
- Nhung Doan (Strengthening social capital to promote mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in deprived areas).
- Emily Brady-Young (Meaningful evaluation in a real-world systems change physical activity program - to test and learn the application and practical utitlity of co-production evaluation methods).
- Doan, Phuong Nhung
Strengthening social capital to promote MHWB of adolescents
Ben is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).