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Staff Member Biography

Michaela Benzeval

Michaela Benzevalposition: Professor of Longitudinal Research

Contact Details

email:
phone: 01206 873983
website: https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/people/mbenzeval

Address

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Michaela studied economics in Bath, and health policy and epidemiology, as well as a PGCAP, in London, and gained her PhD, on income and health, from Glasgow. Before joining the Unit she worked at Queen Mary University of London, East London and City Health Authority, the London School of Economics and the King’s Fund. Michaela joined the SPHSU in September 2004 as Research Project Director of the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study, before becoming programme leader of the Social Patterning of Health over the Lifecourse programme in 2010. Since June 2013, Michaela has worked as Deputy Director of Understanding Society and Professor of Longitudinal Research at the Institute for Social & Economic Research, University of Essex. Michaela is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and continues to collaborate with colleagues in SPHSU.

Michaela’s main research interests are on investigating the pathways between people’s changing social circumstances and their health over time, with a particular focus on income. She is also interested in how these associations are influenced by different macro contexts.

https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/people/mbenzeval

Publications

2014

Klabbers G, Bosma H, Kempen GI, Benzeval M, Van den Akker M, van Eijk JT. Do psychosocial profiles predict self-rated health, morbidity and mortality in late middle-aged and older people?. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2014;37:357–368

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Sweeting H, Bhaskar A, Benzeval M, Popham F, Hunt K. Changing gender roles and attitudes and their implications for well-being around the new millennium. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2014;49:791-809

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Whitley E, Batty DG, Hunt K, Popham F, Benzeval M. The role of health behaviours across the life course in the socioeconomic patterning of all-cause mortality: the West of Scotland Twenty-07 prospective cohort study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2014;47:148-157

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2013

Benzeval M, Green MJ, Macintyre S. Does perceived physical attractiveness in adolescence predict better socioeconomic position in adulthood? Evidence from 20 years of follow up in a population cohort study. PLoS One 2013;8:e3975

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Carroll D, Phillips AC, Der G, Hunt K, Bibbey A, Benzeval M, Ginty A. Low forced expiratory volume is associated with blunted cardiac reactions to acute psychological stress in a community sample of middle-aged men and women. International Journal of Psychophysiology 2013;90:17–20

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Gray L, Leyland AH, Benzeval M, Watt GCM. Explaining the social patterning of lung function in adulthood at different ages: the roles of childhood precursors, health behaviours and environmental factors. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:905-91

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Green MJ, Benzeval M. The development of socioeconomic inequalities in anxiety and depression symptoms over the lifecourse. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2013;48:1951-1961

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Green MJ, Leyland AH, Sweeting H, Benzeval M. Socioeconomic position and adolescent trajectories in smoking, drinking and psychiatric distress. Journal of Adolescent Health 2013;53:202-08

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Phillips AC, Robertson T, Carroll D, Der G, Shiels PG, McGlynn L, Benzeval M. Do symptoms of depression predict telomere length? Evidence from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. Psychosomatic Medicine 2013;75:288-296

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Robertson T, Batty GD, Der G, Fenton C, Shiels PG, Benzeval M. Is socioeconomic status associated with biological aging as measured by telomere length?. Epidemiologic Reviews 2013;35:98–111

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2012

Batty GD, Bhaskar A, Emslie C, Benzeval M, Der G, Lewar H, Hunt K. Association of life course socioeconomic disadvantage with future problem drinking and heavy drinking: gender differentials in the West of Scotland. International Journal of Public Health 2012;57:119-26

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Brown D, Benzeval M, Gayle V, Macintyre S, O'Reilly D, Leyland AH. Childhood residential mobility and health in late adolescence and adulthood: findings from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2012;66:942-950

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Brown D, O'Reilly D, Gayle V, Macintyre S, Benzeval M, Leyland AH. Socio-demographic and health characteristics of individuals left behind in deprived and declining areas in Scotland. Health & Place 2012;18:440-444

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Carroll D, Ginty A, Der G, Hunt K, Benzeval M, Phillips AC. Increased blood pressure reactions to acute mental stress are associated with 16-year cardiovascular disease mortality. Psychophysiology 2012;49:1444–1448

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Der G, Batty GD, Benzeval M, Deary IJ, Green MJ, McGlynn L, McIntyre A, Robertson T, Shiels PG. Is telomere length a biomarker for aging: cross-sectional evidence from the West of Scotland?. PLoS One 2012;7:e45166

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Ellaway A, Benzeval M, Green M, Leyland AH, Macintyre S. 'Getting sicker quicker': does living in a more deprived neighbourhood mean your health deteriorates faster?. Health & Place 2012;18:132-7

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Gray CM, Hunt K, Lorimer K, Anderson AS, Benzeval M, Wyke S. Words and context matter [rapid response letter]. BMJ 2012;344

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Green MJ, Espie CA, Hunt K, Benzeval M. The longitudinal course of insomnia symptoms: inequalities by gender and occupational class among two different age cohorts followed for 20 years in the West of Scotland. Sleep 2012;35:815-23

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Popham F, Skivington K, Benzeval M. Why do those out of work because of sickness or disability have a high mortality risk? Evidence from a Scottish cohort. European Journal of Public Health 2012;23:629-635

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Robertson T, Batty GD, Der G, Green MJ, McGlynn LM, McIntyre A, Shiels PG, Benzeval M. Is telomere length socially patterned? Evidence from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. PLoS One 2012;7:e41805

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Whitley E, Deary IJ, Der G, Batty GD, Benzeval M. Paternal age in relation to offspring intelligence in the West of Scotland Twenty-07 prospective cohort study. PLoS One 2012;7:e52112

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2011

Benzeval M, Green MJ, Leyland AH. Do social inequalities in health widen or converge with age? Longitudinal evidence from three cohorts in the West of Scotland. BMC Public Health 2011;11:947

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Benzeval M. What is the role of income in creating health inequalities? Evidence from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2011.

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Booker C, Harding S, Benzeval M. A systematic review of the effect of retention methods in population-based cohort studies. BMC Public Health 2011;11:249

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Carroll D, Phillips AC, Der G, Hunt K, Benzeval M. Blood pressure reactions to acute mental stress and future blood pressure status: data from the 12-year follow-up in the West of Scotland Study. Psychosomatic Medicine 2011;73:737-42

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Fuller N, Green MJ, Benzeval M. The West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: health in the community - the use of bioimpedance analysis for the measurement of body composition in Wave 5. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 28, Glasgow, 2011

Gray C M, Hunt K, Lorimer K, Anderson AS, Benzeval M, Wyke S. Words matter: a qualitative investigation of which weight status terms are acceptable and motivate weight loss when used by health professionals. BMC Public Health 2011;11:513

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Green MJ, Benzeval M. Aging, social class and common mental disorders: Longitudinal evidence from three cohorts in the West of Scotland. Psychological Medicine 2011;41:565-74

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Lorimer K, Gray CM, Hunt K, Wyke S, Anderson A, Benzeval M. Response to written feedback of clinical data within a longitudinal study: a qualitative study exploring the ethical implications. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2011;11:10

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Maxwell F, McGlynn LM, Muir HC, Talwar D, Benzeval M, Robertson T, Roxburgh CS, McMillan DC, Horgan PG, Shiels PG. Telomere attrition and decreased Fetuin A levels indicate accelerated biological ageing and are implicated in the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer. Clinical Cancer Research 2011;17:5573-81

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Phillips AC, Der G, Shipton D, Benzeval M. Prospective associations between cardiovascular reactions to acute psychological stress and change in physical disability in a large community sample. International Journal of Psychophysiology 2011;81:332-7

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Seaman S, Benzeval M. The West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: health in the community - inverse probability weights for Wave 5. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 27, Glasgow, 2011

Wills A K, Lawlor DA, Matthews F, Aihie Sayer A, Bakra E, Ben Shlomo Y, Benzeval M, Brunner E, Cooper R, Kivimäki M, Kuh D, Muniz-Terrera G, Hardy R. Lifecourse trajectories of systolic blood pressure using longitudinal data from UK cohorts. PLoS Medicine 2011;8:e1000440

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2010

Batty GD, Der G, Benzeval M, Deary IJ. Does IQ predict cardiovascular disease mortality as strongly as other risk factors? Comparison of effect estimates using the Twenty-07 prospective cohort study. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation 2010;17:24-7

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Lorimer K, Green M, Shipton D, Benzeval M. The West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: health in the community - wave 5 fieldwork report, 2007/8. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 26, Glasgow, 2010

2009

Benzeval M, Der G, Ellaway A, Hunt K, Sweeting H, West P, Macintyre S. Cohort profile: West of Scotland 20-07 study - health in the community. International Journal of Epidemiology 2009;38:1215-1223

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2008

Batty GD, Lewars H, Emslie C, Benzeval M, Hunt K. Problem drinking and exceeding guidelines for 'sensible' alcohol consumption in Scottish men: associations with life course socioeconomic disadvantage in a population-based cohort study. BMC Public Health 2008;8:302

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2007

Benzeval M, Green M, Ferrell C, Macdonald L, Wilson R, Der G, Ellaway A, Hunt K, Sweeting H, West P, Macintyre S. The West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: health in the community - wave 5 fieldwork protocol. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 20, Glasgow, 2007

Benzeval M, Wilson R. The West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: health in the community - scientific justification for collection of biomarkers in Wave 5. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 21, Glasgow, 2007

Thomas C, Benzeval M, Stansfeld S. Psychological distress following employment transitions: the role of subjective financial position as a mediator. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:48-52

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2006

Benzeval M. Health Action Zones. In: Killoran A, Swann C, Kelly M, editors Public health evidence: tackling health inequalities. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006:415-430.

Tunstall H, Benzeval M, Der G. Weights for the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: Health in the Community – notes for users. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 22, Glasgow, 2006

2005

Barnes M, Bauld L, Benzeval M, Judge K, Mackenzie M, Sullivan H. Health Action Zones: partnerships for health equity. London: Routledge, 2005.

Barnes M, Bauld L, Benzeval M, Judge K, Mackenzie M, Sullivan H. Preface. In: Barnes M, Bauld L, Benzeval M, Judge K, Mackenzie M, Sullivan H, editors Health action zones: partnerships for health equity. London: Routledge, 2005:viii-x.

Barnes M, Sullivan H, Benzeval M, Judge K, Mackenzie M. Public policy under New Labour. In: Barnes M, Bauld L, Benzeval M, Judge K, Mackenzie M, Sullivan H, editors Health action zones: partnerships for health equity. London: Routledge, 2005:17-42.

Bauld L, Judge K, Barnes M, Benzeval M, Mackenzie M, Sullivan H. Promoting social change: the experience of Health Action Zones in England. Journal of Social Policy 2005;34:427-445

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Benzeval M, Judge K. The legacy of health inequalities. In: Barnes M, Bauld L, Benzeval M, Judge K, Mackenzie M, Sullivan H, editors Health action zones: partnerships for health equity. London: Routledge, 2005:1-16.

Benzeval M. Tackling health inequalities. In: Barnes M, Bauld L, Benzeval M, Judge K, Mackenzie M, Sullivan H, editors Health action zones: partnerships for health equity. London: Routledge, 2005:138-56.

Mackenzie M, Benzeval M. Evaluating policy and practice: designing the national HAZ evaluation. In: Barnes M, Bauld L, Benzeval M, Judge K, Mackenzie M, Sullivan H, editors Health action zones: partnerships for health equity. London: Routledge, 2005:43-66.

Thomas C, Benzeval M, Stansfeld S. Employment transitions and mental health: analysis from the British Household Panel Survey. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005;59:243-249

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2004

Willitts M, Benzeval M, Stansfeld S. Partnership history and mental health over time. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004;58:53-58

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2003

Benzeval M. Tackling Inequalities in Health Module: final report to North Staffordshire Health Action Zone. London, 2003

Benzeval M. Tackling Inequalities in Health Module: final report to Sheffield Health Action Zone. London, 2003

Benzeval M. The final report of the Tackling Inequalities in Health Module: the national evaluation of health action zones - a report to the Department of Health. London, 2003

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Mackenbach JP, Bakker M, Benzeval M, and members of the European Network on Interventions and Policies to Reduce Inequalities in Health . Tackling socio-economic inequalities in health: an analysis of European experiences. The Lancet 2003;362:1409-13

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2002

Benzeval M, Meth F. Health Inequalities: a Priority at a Crossroads - final report to the Department of Health. 2002

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Benzeval M, Meth F. Innovation. In: Bauld L, Judge K, editors Learning from health action zones. Chichester: Aeneas Press, 2002:211-220.

Benzeval M. England. In: Mackenbach J, Bakker M, editors Reducing inequalities in health: a European perspective. London: Routledge, 2002:201-213.

Morrison J, Benzeval M. An evaluation of maternity services in East London in 2001: the users’ perspective - a report to North East London Health Authority. London, 2002

2001

Benzeval M, Judge K, Shouls S. Understanding the relationship between income and health: how much can be gleamed from cross-sectional data?. Social Policy & Administration 2001;35:376-96

Benzeval M, Judge K. Income and health: the time dimension. Social Science & Medicine 2001;52:1371-90

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2000

Benzeval M, Judge K, Dilnot A, Taylor J. Income and health over the lifecourse: evidence and policy implications. In: Graham H, editor Understanding health inequalities. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2000:96-112.

Benzeval M, Judge K, Johnson P, Taylor J. Relationships between health, income and poverty over time: an analysis using BHPS and NCDS data. In: Bradshaw J, Sainsbury R, editors Experiencing poverty. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000:78-101.

Benzeval M, Judge K, Taylor J. Evidence on the relationship between low income and poor health: is the government doing enough?. Fiscal Studies 2000;21:375-99

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1999

Barnes M, Bauld L, Benzeval M, Judge K, Killoran A, Robinson R, Wigglesworth R, Zeilig H. Health Action Zones: learning to make a difference - findings from a preliminary review of Health Action Zones and proposals for a national evaluation- a report submitted to the Department of Health. Canterbury, 1999

Benzeval M, Donald A. The role of the NHS in tackling inequalities in health. In: Gordon G, Shaw M, Dorling D, Davey Smith G, editors Inequalities in health: the evidence presented to the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health. Bristol: Radcliffe Medical Press, 1999:34-46.

Benzeval M. Tackling inequalities in health: How can we learn what works. EuroHealth 1999;5:29-31

Graham H, Benzeval M, Whitehead M. Social and economic policies in the UK with a potential impact on health inequalities. In: Mackenbach JP, Droomers M, editors Interventions and policies to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health. Rotterdam: Department of Public Health, University of Rotterdam, 1999:149-66.

1998

Benzeval M, Coulter A. The health authority’s new roles. In: Klein R, editor Implementing the white paper: pitfalls and opportunities - a King's Fund analysis of Labour's plans for the NHS. London: King's Fund Publishing, 1998:19-32.

Benzeval M, Duggan M, Killoran A. Our Healthier Nation: a response to the Public Health Green Paper - APH, HEA, King’s Fund. London, 1998

Benzeval M. Tackling inequalities in health: an overview. In: CPHVA, editor Poverty and health: finally on the agenda. London: Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association, 1998:8-13.

Benzeval M. The self-reported health status of lone parents. Social Science & Medicine 1998;46:1337-1353

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Judge K, Mulligan JA, Benzeval M. Income inequality and population health. Social Science & Medicine 1998;46:567-79

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1997

Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M. Tackling inequalities in health: extracts from the summary. In: Sidell M, Jones L, Katz J, Peberdy A, editors Debates and Dilemmas in promoting health: a reader. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1997:16-23.

Benzeval M. Health. In: Walker A, Walker C, editors Britain divided: the growth of social exclusion in the 1980s and 1990s. London: CPAG, 1997:153-69.

Harker L, Benzeval M, Elizabeth S. Foreword. In: Dennehy A, Smith L, Harker P, editors Not to be ignored: young people, poverty and health. London: CPAG, 1997:vi-ix.

1996

Benzeval M, Judge K. Access to health care in England: continuing inequalities in the distribution of GPs. Journal of Public Health Medicine 1996;18:33-40

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Benzeval M. Inequalities in health: a National Health Service problem. NHS Yearbook 1995/96, 1996.

1995

Benzeval M, Judge K, Smaje C. Beyond class, race, and ethnicity: deprivation and health in Britain. Health Services Research 1995;30:163-77

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Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M. Tackling inequalities in health: an agenda for action. London, 1995

Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M. Introduction. In: Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M, editors Tackling inequalities in health: an agenda for action. London: King’s Fund, 1995:1-9.

Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M. The role of the NHS. In: Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M, editors Tackling inequalities in health: an agenda for action. London: King’s Fund, 1995:95-120.

Benzeval M, Judge K. Time to bridge the health divide. EuroHealth 1995;1:4-5

Benzeval M, Judge K. Unfinished business. In: Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M, editors Tackling inequalities in health: an agenda for action. London: King’s Fund, 1995:122-40.

Benzeval M, Webb S. Family poverty and poor health. In: Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M, editors Tackling inequalities in health: an agenda for action. London: King’s Fund, 1995:69-81.

Benzeval M. Health Care for All? How to take equity seriously. In: Harrison A, editor Health Care UK 1994/95. London: King’s Fund Policy Institute, 1995:67-71.

Benzeval M. Putting equity onto the agenda. The Reformer 1995;2:7-9

Benzeval M. Tackling health inequalities: what can the NHS do?. Health Director 1995;19:12

Fox J, Benzeval M. Perspectives on social variations in health. In: Benzeval M, Judge K, Whitehead M, editors Tackling inequalities in health: an agenda for action. London: King’s Fund, 1995:10-21.

1994

Benzeval M, Judge K. The determinants of hospital utilisation: implications for resource allocation in England. Health Economics 1994;3:105-16

1993

Benzeval M, Judge K. Access to GPs: how to estimate weighted populations from models of utilisation. King's Fund Institute Discussion Paper no 5 , London, 1993

Benzeval M, Judge K. The 1991 Census health question. King's Fund Institute Discussion Paper no 4., London, 1993

Benzeval M, Judge K. The development of population-based need indicators from self-reported health care utilisation. King's Fund London Initiative Working Paper no 7., London, 1993

Judge K, Benzeval M. Health inequalities: new concerns about the children of single mothers. BMJ 1993;306:677-80

1992

Benzeval M, Judge K, Solomon M. The health status of Londoners: a comparative perspective. King's Fund London Initiative Working Paper no 1., London, 1992

Benzeval M, Judge K. Deprivation and poor health in childhood: prospects for prevention. In: Otto HU, Flosser G, editors How to organise prevention: political, organisational, and professional challenges to social services. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1992:291-324.

1991

Benzeval M, Judge K, New B. Health and health care in London. Public Money and Management 1991;11:25-32

Benzeval M, Judge K. Financing Family Health Service Authorities: the allocation of their administrative resources. King's Fund Institute Occasional Paper no 3., London, 1991

Benzeval M, Judge K. Towards a fairer share for FHSAs. Health Direct 1991;6

Black ME, Scheuer MA, Victor C, Benzeval M, Gill M, Judge K. Utilisation by homeless people of acute hospital services in London. BMJ 1991;303:958-6

Judge K, Benzeval M. A formula for funding. Health Services Journal 1991;101:20-1

Scheuer MA, Black M, Victor C, Benzeval M, Gill M, Judge K. Homelessness and the utilisation of acute hospital services in London. King's Fund Institute Occasional Paper no 4., London, 1991

1990

Benzeval M, Judge K. Deprivation and poor health in childhood: polices for prevention. King's Fund Institute Discussion paper no 2, London, 1990

Benzeval M, Judge K. Deprivation, health and inequality. King's Fund Institute Discussion paper no 3., London, 1990

Benzeval M, Judge K. On a downward gradient. Health Services Journal 1990;100:471-2

Ham C, Robinson R, Benzeval M. Health check: health care reforms in an international context. King's Fund Institute, London, 1990

Judge K, Benzeval M. Black to the future: health, deprivation and inequality. . Papers in social policy and professional studies no 13, Hull, 1990

1989

Beardshaw V, Benzeval M, Ham C, Judge K, New W, Roberts H, Robinson R. Managed Competition: a new approach to health care. King's Fund Institute Briefing paper no 9., London, 1989

Benzeval M, Judge K. Resource allocation between FPCs. King's Fund Institute Discussion paper no 1., London, 1989

1988

Ham C, Costain DW, Benzeval M. New horizons in acute care. Birmingham, 1988

Robinson R, Benzeval M, Ham C, Hunter DJ, Judge K. Health finance: assessing the options. King's Fund Institute Briefing paper no 4., London, 1988