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I am a qualitative researcher with interests in: food poverty; urban regeneration; young people's experiences of health and wellbeing; food and alcohol environments; lived experiences of austerity and welfare reform; applied health and social care research with local partners; and community responses to health inequalities.
My particular focus is on how uncertainty and precarity around the social determinants of health impacts upon food choices and dietary health.
I completed an ESRC-funded PhD in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London and an MA in the Social Sciences with the Open University. After which, I worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the ORiEL study (Olympic Regeneration in East London), as part of SPHR@L (the School of Public Health Research) and finally on a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics fellowship - Understanding the health and wellbeing challenges of UK food poverty and food aid: a qualitative study. In 2020 I moved to the University of Hertforshire. I am now Senior Research Fellow for the Prevention and Early Detection in Health and Social Care (PEDHSC) Theme of the NIHR funded East of England Applied Research Collaboration.
Associate member, Population Health Innovation Lab, Department of Public Health, Environments and Society, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
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Developing a co-designed intervention to increase COVID-19 vaccination confidence among young people and their parents in the Black African and Caribbean communities in Watford: a public engagement consultation; Affiliated to NIHR ARC East of England
4/01/22 → 31/12/23
BIMA evaluation: Evaluation of a faith-placed education intervention for bowel cancer screening in Muslim communities in the East of England; Affiliated to the NIHR ARC East of England
1/08/21 → 29/02/24
Thompson, C., Burgoine, T., Adams, J., White, M., Cummins, S., Smith, R., Cobiac, L., Chang, M. & Mytton, O.
1/04/21 → 1/04/24
Engaging South Asian women in breast cancer care: A public engagement consultation; Affiliated to NIHR ARC East of England https://arc-eoe.nihr.ac.uk/research-implementation/research-themes/prevention-and-early-detection/engaging-south-asian-women
1/03/22 → 31/03/23
“The People's Summit”: A case for lived experience of food environments as a critical source of evidence to inform the follow-up to the 2021 UN Food Systems SummitSpires, M., Battersby, J., Cohen, N., Daivadanam, M., Demmler, K., Mattioni, D., Pradeilles, R., Thompson, C., Turner, C., Venegas Hargous, C., Wertheim-Heck, S., Wills, W. & Hawkes, C., 30 Jun 2023, In: Global Food Security . 37, 5 p., 100690.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Hamilton, L., Thompson, C. & Wills, W., 13 Dec 2022, University of Hertfordshire. 30 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile48 Downloads (Pure)
Barker, R., Rowland, S., Thompson, C., Lock, K., Hunter, K., Lim, J. & Marks, D., 1 Dec 2022, In: SSM - Qualitative Research in Health. 2, p. 1-10 10 p., 100155.
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Changes to household food shopping practices during the COVID-19 restrictions: Evidence from the East of EnglandThompson, C., Hamilton, L., Dickinson, A., Fallaize, R., Mathie, E., Rogers, S. & Wills, W., 30 Nov 2022, In: Health & Place. 78, 22 p., 102906.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile25 Downloads (Pure)
The Methodological Implications of Integrating Lived Experience in Geographic Research on InequalitiesThompson, C., 31 Oct 2022, The Routledge Handbook of Methodologies in Human Geography. Lovell, S. A., Coen, S. E. & Rosenberg, M. W. (eds.). 1st ed. Routledge, p. 371-380 9 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review