Dr Emma Stewart
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Emma Stewart is a Research Associate working with Ruth Dundas on MatCHNet - the Maternal and Child Health Network, as part of the Inequalities in Health Programme. MatCHNet aims to harness cross-country administrative data to evaluate national policy impacts on maternal, infant and child health and health inequalities across the 4 UK nations.
Emma holds a MA (Hons) First Class in Geography and a PhD in Geography, both from the University of Dundee. Her PhD thesis focused upon the multiple scales of exclusion faced by refugee doctors, including professionally and socially. After her PhD, she taught briefly at the University of Dundee, before taking up the post of Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Strathclyde for 10 years. Following a short career break, she worked as a Researcher in the Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP) Research Group at Glasgow Caledonian University before joining the SPSHU.
Emma's longstanding research interests are in the field of population studies, with a focus upon refugee and migration flows. Adopting a mixed methods approach, her ESRC funded projects have examined refugee mobility, evaluated UK dispersal policy and explored refugee integration. She has worked collaboratively with refugee organisations to develop understanding of citizenship and Britishness. She also led a UK-wide study into the internal/onward migration of dispersed refugees to highlight the importance of place, sense of belonging, and identity.
As part of MatCHNet, her current work focuses upon mapping policy variations across the 4 UK nations, with a specific focus upon the social determinants of health. She is interested in understanding how geographical differences in social, economic and environmental policies impact upon child health and health inequalities.
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Professional activities & recognition
- 2009 - 2010: ESRC Third Sector Placement Fellowship
Public lecture or talk
- 2021 (Ongoing): Maternal and Child Health Network (MatCHNet) Webinar Series: Policy Evaluations in the Early Years