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Mr Sam Wilding BA, MSc

Senior Research Assistant

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I am a Senior Research Assistant in the Primary Care and Population Sciences department at the University of Southampton. I am particularly interested in how geographical contexts affect health behaviours and outcomes. In my research, I address the consequences of living in ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ environments for birth outcomes and subsequent child health, and the effect of migration on the ability to identify the effect of places on health.

Sam received a BA in Social Policy from the University of Kent, before undertaking an MSc in Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton. He then obtained funding to embark on a PhD on the relationship between health and internal migration at the University of Southampton with Professors David Martin and Graham Moon. During this time, Sam developed his interest and skills in understanding the relationships between health and place. Sam joined Primary Care and Population Sciences as a Senior Research Assistant in 2017, working on the ‘Studying LifecOurse PrEdictors of obesity (SLOPE)’ project with Dr Nisreen Alwan, Miss Nida Ziauddeen and Professor Paul Roderick.



BA, Social Policy, University of Kent, 2012

MSc, Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton, 2014

Research interests

Sam’s research interests include:

  • Investigating the associations between maternal and infant residential environments and subsequent child health and wellbeing
  • Exploring the determinants and consequences of internal migration, and their effects on the ability to identify and understand regional inequalities in health
  • The construction of built and environmental indicators which account for change over time, and the consequences for population health

PhD thesis title: “(Un)healthy migrants: unpacking the relationship between health and migration within Great Britain”.

Funding: ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership and the Administrative Data Research Centre for England

Senior Research Assistant for the ‘utilising routinely-collected individual and area-level maternal and early life data to quantify childhood obesity risk’ SLOPE project.

Research group

Primary Care & Population Sciences

Research project(s)

Utilising routinely-collected individual and area-level maternal and early life data to quantify childhood obesity risk

In this project, we aim to explore whether we can predict which children are at high risk of becoming overweight and obesity at an early stage from examining attributes of their mothers, their first years of life and where the family lives.

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Lecturer for the quantitative aspects of the ‘Practicing Human Geographical Research’ 2 year module, GEOG2035 2017-2018.

Mr Sam Wilding
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

Room Number: SGH/AC22

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