Dr Jonathan Minton
- Quantitative Research Associate (Urban Studies)
After a BEng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham I moved to the social sciences, completing a postgraduate course in Cultural Studies (Also Nottingham) followed by a PhD in Sociology & Human Geography from the University of York, as part of the White Rose Studentship network. My thesis look at the relationship between evidence and policy, focusing on a programme of welfare reform for incapacity benefits called Pathways to Work.
Since then I have worked at the Centre for Housing Policy in York, before moving into the Health Sciences, and in particular health technology assessment (HTA), firstly as a systematic reviewer at the University of York, then as a health economist at the University of Sheffield.
In late 2013 I moved to Glasgow, and back to the social sciences, to work as Research Fellow for the Urban Segregation & Inequalities (USI) research strand of the Applied Quantitatative Methods Network (AQMEN). Based in Urban Studies, I also have interests in reproducible research, data management and data visualisation.
In addition to the measurement and consequences of urban segregation, I'm interested in the complex relationships between social, economic and health factors, and how changes in one domain have spillover effects in other domains. In particular, I'm interested in how broadly a 'health intervention' can be defined, and to what extent methods developed to assess the clinical and cost effectivness of health interventions can be applied to areas of social and economic policy.
Chancellor's Fund: CF2014.03.11 – Data as Sculpture
Cost Centre: 40507000
Description: Funding to explore the application and potential of 3D printing and 3D milling for understanding demographic data.
Urban Studies Research Incentivisation Fund: Reifying Glasgow
Description: Funds to produce 3D printed fabrications of the sociospatial structure of the city of Glasgow
I have taught on quantitative methods, in particular data visualisation, within undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
I joined the University of Glasgow in September 2013 to work with Professor Gwilym Pryce as part of the Urban Segregation and Inequality Research Project (USIRP), which is part of the Advanced Quantitative Methods Network (AQMEN) hosted jointly by the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining I worked for around four years in the field of health technology assessment (HTA), firstly as a systematic reviewer at the University of York, and then as a health economist at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this, I gained a PhD from the University of York in Sociology and Human Geography, as part of a White Rose studentship, in conjunction with the University of Sheffield. I also have an MA in Critical theory and a BEng in Electronic Engineering, both from the University of Nottingham.
My PhD combined interests in evidence-based policy making, welfare reform, statistical inference and computer-based simulation. The thesis led directly to an article published in the BMJ in 2012, and indirectly to an article in the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2013. The BMJ article explored the complex relationship between health and economic inactivity within the UK, and how it has changed over more than thirty years. The International Journal of Epidemiology article presents new visualisations of demographic structure in almost forty nations.
My recent appointment within USIRP represents a return to the social sciences, and an opportunity to apply methods of statistical inference and simulation to political, urban and sociological areas.