Staff Member Biography
Matt Eganposition: Senior Investigator Scientist
phone: 0141 357 7530
University of Glasgow,
200, Renfield Street
Biography and Interests
Matt obtained his MA in History and his MPhil and PhD in the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow before starting work at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in 2001. Matt is a Senior Investigator Scientist on the Evaluation Programme and currently acting Programme Leader. His research interests include evidence for policy and practice; natural experiments; systematic reviews and primary studies of complex public health interventions; the impact of transport, workplace, housing and neighbourhood regeneration interventions on health and well-being; and the history of medicine in Scotland.
He also has an interest in science and the media and is the Unit's local press officer. In 2004 he completed a BA Media Fellowship, which included a secondment to the Irish Times in Dublin, for which he wrote a number of articles on a range of scientific topics.
From 2008-9, Matt was seconded to NHS Health Scotland as a Senior Public Health Advisor. This secondment reflects his interest in exploring the interface between public health science, policy and practice. Matt’s work included developing evaluations for child healthy weight interventions across Scotland; anticipatory care; and the organisation of the Evaluation Summer School 2009 (an international event for policy makers, practitioners and researchers to meet and learn about evaluation).
Matt is currently working on a number of studies, some of which are detailed below.
Current research includes
GoEast, PI: an evaluation of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and associated regeneration in Glasgow’s East End (Scottish Government, sportscotland and NHS Health Scotland, 2012 – present).
Money Matters, PI: a review of theories linking income to health (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2012 – present)..
Health and social housing: comparative urban history, PhD Supervisor: a comparative study of the impact of social housing and health in Glasgow and Baltimore (University of Glasgow Kelvin Smith Scholarship, 2011 – present).
GoWell, Senior Researcher: an evaluation of the effects of regeneration on health and wellbeing in Glasgow (Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 2004 – present).
Bond L, Egan M, Kearns A, Tannahill C. GoWell: The challenges of evaluating regeneration as a population health intervention. Preventive Medicine 2013;57:941-947open access
Bond L, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Egan M, Mason P. Community outcomes over time: a comparison across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell community surveys. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013
Bond L, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Egan M, Mason P. Housing outcomes over time: a comparison across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell community surveys. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013
Bond L, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Egan M, Mason P. Neighbourhood outcomes over time: a comparison across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell community surveys. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013
Egan M, Katikireddi SV, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Kalacs M, Bond L. Health effects of neighborhood demolition and housing improvement: a prospective controlled study of 2 natural experiments in urban renewal. American Journal of Public Health 2013;103:e47-53open access
Egan M, Tannahill C, Bond L, Kearns A, Mason P. A synthesis of GoWell research findings about the links between regeneration and health. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013
Egan M, Tannahill C, Bond L, Kearns A, Mason P. Health outcomes over time: a comparison across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell community surveys. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013
Egan M. Psychosocial interventions and salutogenic organizations: systematic review evidence of theory, context, implementation and outcome. In: Bauer G, Gregor J, editors Salutogenic organizations and change: the concepts behind organizational health intervention research. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013:19-36.
Kearns A, Whitley E, Bond L, Egan M, Tannahill C. The psychosocial pathway to mental well-being at the local level: investigating the effects of perceived relative position in a deprived area context. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:87-94pubmed
Maclean A, Sweeting H, Egan M, Der G, Adamson J, Hunt K. How robust is the evidence of an emerging or increasing female excess in physical morbidity between childhood and adolescence? Results of a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. Social Science & Medicine 2013;78:96-112pubmed open access
Neary J, Egan M, Bond L, Keenan PJ, Lawson L. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t: negotiating the tricky context of anti-social behaviour and keeping safe in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. Journal of Youth Studies 2013;16:118-134open access
Bond L, Egan M, Kearns A, Clark J, Tannahill C. Smoking and intention to quit in deprived areas of Glasgow: is it related to housing improvements and neighbourhood regeneration because of improved mental health?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2012;67:299-304pubmed open access
Bond L, Kearns A, Mason P, Tannahill C, Egan M, Whitley E. Exploring the relationships between housing, neighbourhoods and mental wellbeing for residents of deprived areas. BMC Public Health 2012;12:48pubmed open access
Egan M, Bond L, Kearns A, Tannahill C. Is concern about young people's anti-social behaviour associated with poor health? Cross-sectional evidence from residents of deprived urban neighbourhoods. BMC Public Health 2012;12:217pubmed open access
Egan M, MacLean A, Sweeting H, Hunt K. Comparing the effectiveness of using generic and specific search terms in electronic databases to identify health outcomes for a systematic review: a prospective comparative study of literature search methods. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001043.pubmed open access
Egan M, Neary J, Keenan PJ, Bond L. Perceptions of antisocial behaviour and negative attitudes towards young people: focus group evidence from adult residents of disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods (Glasgow, UK). Journal of Youth Studies 2012;1:612-627open access
Egan M, Neary J, GoWell Team. GoWell Briefing Paper 15: intolerance and adult perceptions of antisocial behaviour: focus group evidence from disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Glasgow. GoWell Briefing Paper 15, Glasgow, 2011pubmed
MacLean A, Egan M, Sweeting H, Adamson J, Hunt K. Systematic review protocol: how robust is the evidence of an emerging or increasing female excess in morbidity rates between childhood and adolescence?. Glasgow, 2011open access
Neary J, Egan M, GoWell Team . GoWell Briefing Paper 16: young people's experience of intolerance, antisocial behaviour and keeping safe in disadvantaged areas of Glasgow. GoWell Briefing Paper 16, Glasgow, 2011open access
Bond L, Craig P, Egan M, Skivington K, Thomson H. Health improvement programmes: really too complex to evaluate? [letter]. BMJ 2010;340ID - 615:c1332pubmed open access
Bond L, Craig P, Egan M, Skivington K, Thomson H. MRC guidelines and the evaluation of health improvement programmes: are health improvement programmes really too complex to assess their effectiveness? [rapid response]. BMJ 2010;340ID - 614:c185open access
Bond L, Egan M, GoWell Team . Bricks, mortar and more: mental wellbeing, resilience and regeneration. Scotregen (Quarterly Newsletter of Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum) 2010;Winteropen access
Egan M, Beck S, Bond L, Coyle J, Crawford F, Kearns A, Lawson L, Mason M, Tannahill C, Sautkina E, Thomson H, Walsh D, on behalf of the GoWell Team. Protocol for a mixed methods study investigating the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of residents: the GoWell programme. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2010;10:41.open access
Egan M, GoWell Team. GoWell Briefing Paper 8: who says teenagers are a serious problem? GoWell's findings on householder perceptions of youth related problems in deprived areas of Glasgow. GoWell Briefing Paper 8, Glasgow, 2010open access
Egan M, Bambra C, Petticrew M, Whitehead M. Reviewing evidence on complex social interventions: appraising implementation in systematic reviews of the health effects of organisational-level workplace interventions. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2009;63:4-11pubmed open access
Egan M. Regeneration improves health: a fair assumption?. Scotregen 2009;47open access
Egan M, Tannahill C, Petticrew M, Thomas S. Psychosocial risk factors in home and community settings and their associations with population health and health inequalities: a systematic meta-review. BMC Public Health 2008;8:239pubmed open access
Petticrew M, Egan M, Thomson H, Hamilton V, Kunkler R, Roberts H. Publication bias in qualitative research: what becomes of qualitative research presented at conferences?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2008;62:552-554pubmed open access
Bambra C, Egan M, Thomas S, Petticrew M, Whitehead M. The psychosocial and health effects of workplace reorganisation 2: a systematic review of task restructuring interventions. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:1028-1037pubmed
Egan M, Bambra C, Thomas S, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Thomson H. The psychosocial and health effects of workplace reorganisation 1: a systematic review of organisational-level interventions that aim to increase employee control. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:945-954pubmed
Egan M, Petticrew M, Ogilvie D, Hamilton V, Drever F. Profits before people? A systematic review of the health and safety impacts of privatising public utilities and industries in developed countries. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:862-870pubmed
Egan M, Tannahill C, Petticrew M. GoWell Working Paper 8: evidence of psychosocial risk factors in community settings: a scoping review of reviews. Glasgow, 2007open access
Boaz A, Ashby D, Denyer D, Egan M, Harden A, Jones DR, Pawson R, Tranfield D. A multitude of syntheses: a comparison of five approaches from diverse policy fields. Evidence & Policy 2006;2:479-502
Egan M, Kearns A. GoWell Working Paper 2: selection, definition and description of study. Glasgow, 2006open access
Egan M, Kearns A. GoWell Working Paper 3: community survey- wave 1 questionnaire. Glasgow, 2006open access
Egan M. The 'manufacture' of 'mental defectives' in late 19th and early 20th century Scotland. In: Dale P, Melling J, editors Mental illness and learning disability since 1850: finding a place for mental disorder in the Kingdom. London: Routledge, 2006:131-153.
Petticrew M, Egan M. Healthy Public Policy. In: MacDowall W, Bonnell C, Davies M, editors Health promotion practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006:178-188.
Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Bambra C, Egan M, Graham H, Macintyre S, McDermott E. The Centre for Evidence-based Public Health Policy: part of the ESRC Evidence Network. In: Killoran A, Swann C, Kelly MP, editors Public health evidence: tackling health inequalities. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006:141-154.
Egan M, Petticrew M, Ogilvie D. Informing healthy transport policies: systematic reviews and research synthesis. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2005;1908:214-220
Ogilvie D, Egan M, Hamilton V, Petticrew M. Systematic reviews of health effects of social interventions 2: best available evidence: how low should you go?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005;59:886-892pubmed open access
Ogilvie D, Hamilton V, Egan M, Petticrew M. Systematic reviews of health effects of social interventions 1: finding the evidence: how far should you go?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005;59:804-808pubmed open access
Ogilvie D, Egan M, Hamilton V, Petticrew M. Promoting walking and cycling as an alternative to using cars: systematic review. BMJ 2004;329:763-6pubmed open access
Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Macintyre S, Graham H, Egan M. Evidence for public health policy on inequalities: 1: the reality according to policymakers. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004;58:811-816pubmed open access
Whitehead M, Petticrew M, Graham H, Macintyre S, Bambra C, Egan M. Evidence for public health policy on inequalities 2: assembling the evidence jigsaw. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004;58:817-821pubmed open access
Egan M, Petticrew M, Ogilvie D, Hamilton V. New roads and human health: a systematic review. American Journal of Public Health 2003;93:1463-1471pubmed
Egan M. The 'manufacture' of 'mental defectives' in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Scotland [PhD], Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine 2001.