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Team

The CHI team has a broad background and skill set that is necessary in today’s interdisciplinary care and health informatics research. The expertise we draw on includes the core CHI team based at the University of Liverpool, our public advisors, PhD students who work on projects associated with CHI, and other academics based at the ARC NWC sites.

Core team

Sarah Rodgers – Theme lead

Sarah Rodgers

I am a Professor of Health Informatics with expertise in evaluating natural experiments and non-randomised intervention studies using anonymised linked administrative and health datasets.

I am principal investigator for the NIHR funded study evaluating the mental health and wellbeing impact of access to green and blue spaces (e.g. parks and beaches).

I am an investigator on the Wellcome Trust funded birth cohort Children Growing Up in Liverpool and Civic Data Cooperative data linkage initiative.

We are working with partners across the north to use routinely collected data to help clinicians provide better care for their patients.

From 2006-2018 I worked at Swansea University, establishing data linkage methodologies enabling retrospective individual level exposure allocation.

My research focuses on using safe haven data that have been linked across health, social and environmental domains to explore the impact of exposures such as decent housing conditions, alcohol outlets, pollution, and natural outdoor spaces, on health and wellbeing.

You can see more of my projects and publications on my University of Liverpool profile page.


Peter Lloyd – PA Co-Lead

Peter is a co-lead lead for CHI- his work with the ARC NWC dovetails with a career-long interest in improving the well-being of the poorest people in the poorest locations.

He is a highly experienced, much travelled and now retired senior academic with a second career in international public policy consultancy. He retired from full-time work in 2011 to become a carer at home for his wife Ros who suffers from dementia.

Over 40 years as an academic at the Universities of Queensland, Manchester and finally Liverpool, Peter covered the full spectrum of HE roles. He left Higher Education in 2001 as Professor of Urban Geography, Head of the Department of Geography and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies.

For over 20 years Peter supplied academic expertise on local development and employment to the European Commission and to the OECD. He was an expert on the Digital Transformation and Governance project for (European Commission JRC) and on Future Work and Local Skills Policy (OECD – LEED).

His recent activity has been dominated by writing on Covid see here.


Olly Butters

Olly Butters

I am a population health data scientist working to join up datasets, gain insight from complex systems and make health research more open.

I have a strong background in data management and infrastructure of cohort studies, having been heavily involved in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC – www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac) and the 1958 Birth Cohort Genetics Repository. In addition to this I have also been involved in biomedical data infrastructure projects with Connected Health Cities NENC and BRISSKit.

I have a keen interest in how to open up research datasets with non-disclosive federated analysis techniques, particularly DataSHIELD.

You can see more of my projects and publications on my University of Liverpool profile page.


Konstantinos Daras

Konstantinos Daras

I am a Research Associate in Health Data Analysis within the Department of Public Health, Policy & Systems with expertise in quantitative geography methods, big data analysis and geocomputation applied in population studies.

Currently, I am working on the development of linked neighbourhood datasets using large datasets including Hospital Episode Statistics; NHS open data, enabling the tracking of the determinants of health and health outcomes within neighbourhoods along with novel neighbourhood level contextual indicators, funded by the NIHR ARC North West Coast.

You can see more of my projects and publications on my University of Liverpool profile page.


Pete Dixon

Pete Dixon

I am a health services researcher with experience of working with large complex secondary datasets to answer questions relevant to policy and healthcare. I previously worked on Connected Health Cities North West Coast where I analysed large routine datasets to gain insights, and plan improvements, on unplanned care pathways for alcohol-related liver disease, COPD and epilepsy.

Prior to this I managed and analysed the first ever UK audits of care for seizure patients, and am the treasurer of the Mersey Region Epilepsy Association


Sian Guy

Sian is the theme manager.


Becca Wilson

Becca Wilson

I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a career spanning the space, atmospheric and health sciences. I am currently at the University of Liverpool developing open source software for the sharing, access and immersive data visualisation of sensitive health data. I hold significant expertise in science communication and public engagement – working with schools, museums and funders nationally. I am passionate about increasing diversity in STEM, particularly amongst ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities, and I’m a disability activist committed to improving inclusivity in the academic sector. I blog for AccessAble about accessibility.

You can see more of my projects and publications on my University of Liverpool profile page.


Key Contributing Researchers

University of Liverpool

  • Dr Ben Barr
  • Dr Keith Bodger
  • Professor Iain Buchan
  • Dr Banushka Bollegala
  • Dr Kate Fleming
  • Professor Tony Marson
  • Professor Simon Maskell
  • Professor Paula Williamson

University of Lancaster

  • Professor Joanne Knight
  • Dr David Worthington

UCLan

  • Professor Soo Downe

Local Government and NHS

  • Jonny Keville
  • Kate Warriner

CROSS CUTTING THEMES