Dr Iain Hardie

  • Research Affiliate (School of Health & Wellbeing)


Iain joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in March 2021. He is a Research Assistant currently working on two projects.

The first is the ESRC-funded SPARC (Social Practices in Alcohol Research Collaboration) project, a quantitative social science/epidemiological project on stability and change in British drinking culture. This involves analysis of complex repeat cross-sectional market research drinking diary data, and exploring the effects of external events such as policy and the COVID-19 pandemic on drinking habits. 

The second is the E-cigarettes: Reciprocal Relationships and Inequalities project. This is a quantitative project, which uses data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (aka Understanding Society) to examine inequalities in individual and household dynamics in e-cigarette use (i.e. vaping) and smoking behaviour. For example, this includes the effects vaping may have on inequalities in smoking behaviour by socioeconomic position. 

Prior to joining the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Iain studied Economics at the University of Aberdeen (2012-2016) before doing an MSc in Social Research Methods at the University of Dundee (2016-17). Iain moved to Glasgow in 2017 to undertake an ESRC-funded PhD based in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, which he completed in July 2021. His PhD research examined the impact of the Universal Credit welfare reform on housing insecurity in the UK via fixed effects panel designs and difference-in-differences analysis, drawing upon panel data from a range of administrative and survey datasets. 


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Research interests

My research interests focus on the quantitative analysis of social and public health sciences data. This includes analysis of longitudinal datasets, repeat cross-sectional datasets, survey datasets and administrative datasets. I am particularly interested in research in the following areas:

  • Policy Evaluation
  • Health Inequalities
  • Alcohol Policy and Trends in Drinking Practices
  • Smoking and Vaping Behaviour
  • Social Security Policy and Welfare Reform


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