Dr Jonathan Olsen
- Senior Research Fellow (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Jon is a Senior Research Fellow and leads the Mobility in the Urban Environment workstream within the Places and Health Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU).
As a Health Geographer, Jon’s research interests are in Spatial Epidemiology and Population Health. Recent publications include multi-city international comparisons of urban land covers/uses and health, development of a novel methodology for describing children's mobility and the complexity of their environmental exposure from GPS data, variability in mobility patterns and perceived stress, social-spatial patterning of road accidents and 'environmental bads', and publications using GPS data to explore exposure to unhealthy commodity advertising and natural space.
Jon's research has a policy focused approach, leading the application of novel geospatial approaches to explore the impact of planning policy for health and urban mobility. For example, leading work to provide a baseline assessment of the 20-minute neighbourhood policy in Scotland.
Previously he was based in the Public Health team within the Institute, conducting quantitative research (time series and cluster detection analysis of road accidents) on the NIHR funded M74 Study, the longitudinal follow-up for the health effects of the new urban motorway. Prior to this, Jon worked as a Senior Public Health Analyst for the NHS in North West England whilst undertaking an MSc in Public Health (2011) before completing a PhD in Epidemiology (2015) at Cardiff University.
Jon is Co-I the following active grants:
- NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Inequalities (2022-2027). UK-lead of the Environmental Policy workpackage and Sustainability & Capacity Building pillar.
- UKRI-NHMRC (Better Parks, Healthier for All?) (2020-2023). UK Co-I of grant to link green space qualities to human health (UK Biobank) in Scotland and Australia to establish their 'prevention potential'.
- MRC Places and Health Programme (2020-2025). Lead of the Mobility and Health workstream.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- NIHR GHR Unit on Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Inequalities
National Institute for Health Research
2022 - 2027
- Better Parks, Healthier for All?
Medical Research Council
2020 - 2023
- Quinquennial Funding for Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Medical Research Council
2020 - 2025
Current PhD student supervision:
- Micaela Calderon Huachi: Evaluating and simulating the impact of Health System policy in Ecuador: A natural experiment and a policy simulation study.
- Diego Andrade Ortiz: Development and validation of a deprivation index for Ecuador.
Completed PhD students:
- Ahmad Alkhatib: Health and the Urban Environment of the Twin Cities of Ramallah and Albireh in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
- Hannah Burnett: Exploring barriers to green space use and how these differ by chronic health condition.
Jon lectures and assists with marking on the following modules:
- Global Health in Social Context, MSc Global Health.
- Statistics and Epidemiology, MSc Primary Care.
- Principals of Population Health, MSc Population Health Sciences.
- Sustainability, Environment, and Health, Master of Public Health.
- Dissertation (Supervision and Assessment), Master of Public Health.