Staff Member Biography
Anne Ellawayposition: Programme Leaderprogrammes: Neighbourhoods and Health, Social and Spatial Patterning of Health
phone: 0141 353 7949
University of Glasgow,
200, Renfield Street
Biography and Interests
Anne is head of the Unit’s programme of research on Neighbourhoods and Health, and has a longstanding interest in exploring the processes by which features of the local social and physical environment might influence health and the ability to lead a healthy life. Research interests also include investigating the relative effects upon health of different social indicators over time and place.
Anne has a BA Hons. in Social Sciences (majoring in psychology), an MSc in Applied Social Sciences and a PhD (obtained from the University of Glasgow). Anne's first research post was in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Glasgow University. She joined the MRC Unit in 1990 as a researcher working with Sally Macintyre on a variety of projects until 1992. Anne then left the Unit for two years to work for Strathclyde Regional Council's Social Policy Unit as their researcher in health and social policy, subsequently rejoining the MRC Unit working on the Social & Spatial Patterning of Health programme. Anne is on the Editorial Boards of Health & Place and the Open Urban Studies Journal and is one of the three Principal Investigators on the GoWell project, which is a research and learning programme that aims to investigate the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities over a ten-year period. She is the Project Director of the Twenty-07 Study, principal investigator on the Transport, Health & Wellbeing Study and the NPRI funded Scotland wide APOLLO study of access to physical activity opportunities and obesity among adults. Anne is principal investigator on the SPACES study which is exploring the role of the built and natural environment on children’s physical activity levels.
In 2012 Anne was appointed Honorary Professor in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.
Kearns A, Whitely E, Tannahill C, Ellaway A. Dimensions of loneliness and its associations with wellbeing among residents of deprived areas. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology [in press]
Kearns A, Whitley E, Tannahill C, Ellaway A. Lonesome town? Is loneliness associated with the residential environment, including housing, neighbourhood and community factors?. Journal of Community Psychology [in press]
Curl A, Kearns A., Tannahill C, Egan M, Ellaway A. Physical and mental health outcomes following housing improvements: evidence from the GoWell study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2015;69:12-19open access
Clark J, Kearns A, Ellaway A. GoWell East study of physical activity in secondary school pupils in Glasgow baseline survey: headline indicators report for S1 pupils, 2013. Glasgow, 2014open access
Ellaway A, MacDonald S, Macdonald L, Nicholls N. Context briefing 3: changes over time in the provision of amenities and facilities. Glasgow, 2014open access
Ellaway A. The impact of the local social and physical local environment on wellbeing. In: Burton E, Cooper R, editors Wellbeing and the environment Vol 2. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
Estrade M, Dick S, Crawford F, Jepson R, Ellaway A, McNeill G. A qualitative study of independent fast food vendors near secondary schools in disadvantaged Scottish neighbourhoods. BMC Public Health 2014;14:793open access
Jones R, Heim D, Hunter S, Ellaway A. The relative influence of neighbourhood incivilities, cognitive social capital, club membership and individual characteristics on positive mental health. Health & Place 2014;28:187-193open access
Kearns A, Whitley E, Tannahill C, Ellaway A. Loneliness, social relations and health and wellbeing in deprived communities. Psychology, Health & Medicine 2014;[epub ahead of print]
Mccrorie PRW, Fenton C, Ellaway A. Combining GPS, GIS, and accelerometry to explore the physical activity and environment relationship in children and young people: a review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014;11:93open access
Newbold KB, Watson S, Ellaway A. Emigration of Scottish steelworkers to Canada: impacts on social networks. Population, Space and Place 2014;[epub ahead of print]open access
Oliver M, Badland H, Mavoa S, Witten K, Kearns R, Ellaway A, Hinckson E, Mackay L, Schluter PJ. Environmental and socio-demographic associates of children's active transport to school: a cross-sectional investigation from the URBAN Study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014;11:70open access
Owen CG, Ram B, Kapetanakis V, Rudnicka AR, Ellaway A, Cooper AR, Page A, Lewis D, Cummins S, Giles-Corti B, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Will moving into social and affordable housing in East Village, London, UK, increase family physical activity levels? Evaluation of a natural experiment. Lancet 2014;384:S59open access
Ellaway A, Emslie C. Connecting gender, space and place: are there gender differences in the relationships between the social environment and health-related behaviours?. In: Stock C, Ellaway A, editors Neighbourhood structure and health promotion. New York: Springer, 2013:335-346.open access
Ellaway A, Ferguson N, Lamb K, Ogilvie D. Access to health promoting facilities and amenities. In: Stock C, Ellaway A, editors Neighbourhood structure and health promotion. New York: Springer, 2013:117-126.open access
Ellaway A, Macdonald L, Forsyth A. Exploring the alcogenic environment across Glasgow City: an audit of alcohol off sales - SPHSU Working Paper No. 31. Glasgow, 2013
Ferguson N, Lamb K, Ogilvie D, Wang Y, Ellaway A. Access to recreational physical activities by car and bus: an assessment of socio-spatial inequalities in mainland Scotland. PLoS One 2013;8:e55638open access
Forsyth A, Ellaway A, Davidson N. How might the Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) impact upon local off-sales shops and the communities which they serve?. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2013;49:96-102open access
Forsyth AJM, Davidson NW, Ellaway A. 'I can spot them a mile off' Community shopkeepers’ experience of alcohol test-purchasing. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy 2013;21:221-224open access
Macdonald L, Kearns A, Ellaway A. Do residents' perceptions of being well-placed and objective presence of local amenities match? A case study in West Central Scotland, UK. BMC Public Health 2013;13:454open access
Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Place. In: Gabe J, Bury M, Elston MA, editors Key concepts in medical sociology. 2nd ed. London: Sage, 2013.
Stock C, Ellaway A, editors. Neighbourhood structure and health promotion. New York: Springer, 2013.
Stock C, Ellaway A. Neighbourhood structure and health promotion: an introduction. In: Stock C, Ellaway A, editors Neighbourhood structure and health promotion. New York: Springer, 2013.
Young R, Macdonald L, Ellaway A. Associations between proximity and density of local alcohol outlets and alcohol use among Scottish adolescents. Health & Place 2013;19:124-130pubmed open access
Ball K, Lamb K, Ellaway A. Street connectivity and obesity in Glasgow, Scotland: impact of age, sex and socioeconomic position. Health & Place 2012;18:1307-1313open access
Birkin P, Crawford F, Mackison D, Mooney J, Ellaway A. Exploring the nutritional quality of ‘Out of School’ foods popular with school pupils. Environmental Health Scotland 2012;24:5-12open access
Church A, Ellaway A, Mitchell R, Moore N, Ravenscroft N. Connecting health, health-behaviours and place through the work of community gardening . Connected Communities, 2012
Crawford F, Ellaway A, Mackison D, Mooney J. ‘Is eating out of school a healthy option for secondary pupils?’ A feasibility study to explore the nutritional quality of ‘out of school’ foods popular with school pupils. Glasgow, 2012open access
Crawford F, Research Steering Group including Anne Ellaway . Exploring the nutritional quality of 'out of school' foods popular with schoolchildren: GCPH Briefing Paper 35 - Findings Series. Glasgow, 2012open access
Davidson N, Forsyth A, Ellaway A. Shop servers experience of alcohol-related issues and interventions in socially contrasting areas. London, 2012open access
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;18:132-7pubmed open access
Ellaway A, Macdonald L, Lamb K, Thornton L, Day P, Pearce J. Do obesity-promoting food environments cluster around socially disadvantaged schools in Glasgow, Scotland?. Health & Place 2012;18:1335-40pubmed open access
Lamb KE, Ogilvie D, Ferguson N, Murray J, Yang Wang Y, Ellaway A. Sociospatial distribution of access to facilities for moderate and vigorous intensity physical activity in Scotland by different modes of transport. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012;9:55pubmed open access
Molaodi OR, Leyland AH, Ellaway A, Kearns A, Harding S. Neighbourhood food and physical activity environments in England, UK: does ethnic density matter?. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012;9:75pubmed open access
Osei-Assibey G, Dick S, Macdiarmid JI, Semple S, Reill J, Ellaway A, Cowie H, McNeill G. The influence of the food environment on overweight and obesity in young children: a systematic review. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001538open access
Thornton LE, Pearce JR, Macdonald L, Lamb KE, Ellaway A. Does the choice of neighbourhood supermarket access measure influence associations with individual-level fruit and vegetable consumption? A case study from Glasgow. International Journal of Health Geographics 2012;11:29pubmed open access
Macdonald L, Ellaway A, Ball K, Macintyre S. Is proximity to a food retail store associated with diet and BMI in Glasgow, Scotland?. BMC Public Health 2011;11:464pubmed open access
Ogilvie D, Lamb K, Ferguson N, Ellaway A. Recreational physical activity facilities within walking and cycling distance: sociospatial patterning of access in Scotland . Health & Place 2011;17:1015-22pubmed
Shareck M, Ellaway A. Neighbourhood crime and smoking: the role of objective and perceived crime measures. BMC Public Health 2011;11:930pubmed open access
Young R, Sweeting H, Ellaway A. Do schools differ in suicide risk? The influence of school and neighbourhood on attempted suicide, suicidal ideation and self-harm among secondary school pupils. BMC Public Health 2011;11:874pubmed open access
Ellaway A, Macdonald L, Forsyth A, Macintyre S. The socio-spatial distribution of alcohol outlets in Glasgow City. Health & Place 2010;16:167-72pubmed open access
Lamb KE, Ferguson NS, Wang Y, Ogilvie D, Ellaway A. Distribution of physical activity facilities in Scotland by small area measures of deprivation and urbanicity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010;7:76pubmed open access
McNeill G, Osei-Assibey G, Dick S, Macdiarmid J, Semple S, Reilly J, Ellaway A, Cowie H. Obesity case study phase II summary report. Environmental Determinants of Public Health in Scotland [EDPHiS], Edinburgh, 2010open access
Seaman P, Jones R, Ellaway A. It's not just about the park, it's about integration too: why people choose to use or not use urban greenspaces. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010;7:78pubmed open access
Wilson K, Eyles J, Ellaway A, Macintyre S, Macdonald L. Health status and health behaviours in neighbourhoods: a comparison of Glasgow, Scotland and Hamilton, Canada. Health & Place 2010;16:331-8pubmed open access
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;38:1215-1223pubmed open access
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Are perceived neighbourhood problems associated with the likelihood of smoking?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2009;63:78-80pubmed open access
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Neighborhoods and health. In: Brown T, McLafferty S, Moon G, editors A companion to health and medical geography. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009:399-417.
Ellaway A, Morris G, Curtice J, Robertson C, Allardice G, Robertson R. Associations between health and different kinds of environmental incivility: a Scotland-wide Study. Public Health 2009;123:708-13pubmed
Macdonald L, Ellaway A, Macintyre S. The food retail environment and area deprivation in Glasgow City. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2009;6:52pubmed open access
Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Neighbourhoods, social class and health. In: Graham H, editor Understanding health inequalities. 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2009:84-100.
Osei-Assibey G, McNeill G, Macdiarmid J, Semple S, Reilly J, Ellaway A. Obesity case study: phase one scoping report. Edinburgh, 2009open access
Vohera S, Hurley F, Christopher Y, Ellaway A, Tedon P, Sabel C, McCollam A, Crawford J. Mental health and wellbeing case study scoping report. Edinburgh, 2009open access
Jones R, Ellaway A, Seaman P, Kendall R, Truman J. More than just a park: findings from the facilitators and barriers greenspace study. Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Glasgow, 2008
Macdonald L, Ellaway A. The socio-spatial distribution of alcohol outlets in Glasgow City using a range of geographic scales. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 19, Glasgow, 2008
Macintyre S, MacDonald L, Ellaway A. Do poorer people have poorer access to local resources and facilities? The distribution of local resources by area deprivation in Glasgow, Scotland. Social Science & Medicine 2008;67:900-14pubmed open access
Macintyre S, Macdonald L, Ellaway A. Lack of agreement between measured and self-reported distance from public green parks in Glasgow, Scotland. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008;5:26pubmed open access
Stafford M, Sacker A, Ellaway A, Cummins S, Wiggins D, Macintyre S . Neighbourhood effects on health: a structural equation modelling approach. Journal of Applied Social Science Studies [Schmollers Jahrbuch] 2008;128:109-20
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
Croucher K, Myers L, Jones R, Ellaway A. Health and the physical characteristics of neighbourhoods: a critical literature review. Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Glasgow, 2007
Ellaway A, Macintyre S, Mutrie N, Kirk A. Nowhere to play? The relationship between the location of outdoor play areas and deprivation in Glasgow. Health & Place 2007;13:557-561pubmed open access
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Is social participation associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors?. Social Science & Medicine 2007;64:1384-1391pubmed open access
Hiscock R, Ellaway A, Macintyre S, Kearns A. The significance of residence: exploring the links between ontological security, housing tenure and place. In: Gurney C , editor Placing changes: perspectives on place in housing and urban studies. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.
Macintyre S, Ellaway A, Cummins S. Place effects on health. In: Brown P, editor Perspectives in medical sociology. Fourth ed. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press, 2007:125-137.
Stafford M, Cummins S, Ellaway A, Sacker A, Wiggins RD, Macintyre S. Pathways to obesity: identifying local, modifiable determinants of physical activity and diet. Social Science & Medicine 2007;65:1882-1897pubmed open access
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Contrasts in public transport [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2006;60ID - 1661:344
Macintyre S, McKay L, Ellaway A. Lay concepts of the relative importance of different influences on health: are there major socio-demographic variations?. Health Education Research 2006;21:731-9pubmed open access
Cummins S, Macintyre S, Davidson S, Ellaway A. Measuring neighbourhood social and material context: generation and interpretation of ecological data from routine and non-routine sources. Health & Place 2005;11:249-260pubmed open access
Cummins S, Stafford M, Macintyre S, Marmot M, Ellaway A. Neighbourhood environment and its associations with self-rated health: evidence from Scotland and England. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005;59:207-213pubmed open access
Curtice J, Ellaway A, Robertson C, Morris G, Allardice G, Robertson R. Public attitudes and environmental justice in Scotland: a report for the Scottish Executive on research to inform the development and evaluation of environmental justice policy. Edinburgh, 2005
Ellaway A, Macintyre S, Bonnefoy X. Graffiti, greenery, and obesity in adults: secondary analysis of European cross sectional survey. BMJ 2005;331:611-612pubmed open access
Ellaway A. Changes in diet and food access, 1992-2002: a review of existing findings within West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. Edinburgh, 2005
Ellaway A. Environmental justice and health: results from the 2004 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey. Edinburgh, 2005
Ellaway A. The residential environment and health [PhD], MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit 2005.
Macintyre S, McKay L, Ellaway A. Are rich people or poor people more likely to be ill? Lay perceptions, by social class and neighbourhood, of inequalities in health. Social Science & Medicine 2005;60:313-317pubmed open access
Macintyre S, McKay L, Ellaway A. Who is more likely to experience common disorders: men, women, or both equally? Lay perceptions in the West of Scotland. International Journal of Epidemiology 2005;34:461-466pubmed open access
Stafford M, Cummins S, Macintyre S, Ellaway A, Marmot M. Gender differences in the associations between health and neighbourhood environment. Social Science & Medicine 2005;60:1681-1692pubmed open access
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. 5-a-day may be harder to achieve in more deprived areas [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004;58ID - 2150:592
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Schools in socially contrasting neighbourhoods [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004;58ID - 2151:1027
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. You are where you live. Mental Health Today 2004:33-35
Ellaway A, McKay L, Macintyre S, Kearns A, Hiscock R. Are social comparisons of homes and cars related to psychosocial health?. International Journal of Epidemiology 2004;33:1065-1071pubmed open access
Ellaway A. Subtle refinements of popular concepts may be difficult to put into practice [commentary]. International Journal of Epidemiology 2004;33ID - 2153:681-2
Macintyre S, Hiscock R, Ellaway A, Kearns A. The fallacy of the equivalence of a range of household and area based indicators of material resources in the geography of health inequalities. In: Boyle P, Curtis S, Gatrell T, Moore E, editors The geography of health inequalities in the developed world. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004:309-332.
BMA with contributing authors, Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Housing and health: building for the future. London, 2003
Ellaway A, Macintyre S, Hiscock R, Kearns A. In the driving seat: psychosocial benefits from private motor vehicle transport compared to public transport. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour 2003;6:217-231
Ellaway A, Macintyre S, McKay L. The historical specificity of early life car ownership as an indicator of socioeconomic position. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:277-278pubmed open access
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Housing and social exclusion, the problems of living in poor quality accommodation. In: Carter David, Sharp Samantha, British Medical Association , editors Housing and health: building for the future. London: British Medical Association, 2003:41-47.
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Play areas for children [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57ID - 2311:313
Hiscock R, Macintyre S, Ellaway A, Kearns A. Residents and residence: factors predicting the health disadvantage of social renters compared to owner-occupiers. Journal of Social Issues 2003;59:527-546open access
Macintyre S, Ellaway A, Hiscock R, Kearns A, Der G, McKay L. What features of the home and the area might help to explain observed relationships between housing tenure and health? Evidence from the West of Scotland. Health & Place 2003;9:207-218pubmed open access
Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Neighborhoods and health: overview. In: Kawachi I, Berkman L, editors Neighborhoods and health. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003:20-42.
McKay L, Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Migration and health: a review of the international literature. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional Paper 12, Glasgow, 2003
Ellaway A, Bradby H, McKeown M. Racist and sectarian graffiti in Glasgow: a pilot study [photo report]. Glasgow, 2002
Hiscock R, Macintyre S, Kearns A, Ellaway A. Means of transport and ontological security: do cars provide psychosocial benefits to their users?. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and the Environment 2002;7:119-135open access
Macintyre S, Ellaway A, Cummins S. Place effects on health: how can we conceptualise, operationalise and measure them?. Social Science & Medicine 2002;55:125-139pubmed
Ellaway A, Macintyre S, Kearns A. Perceptions of place and health in socially contrasting neighbourhoods. Urban Studies 2001;38:2299-2316
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Women in their place: gender and perceptions of neighbourhoods and health in the West of Scotland. In: Dyck I, Davis Lewis N, McLafferty S, editors Geographies of women's health. London: Routledge, 2001:265-281.
Hiscock R, Kearns A, Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Ontological security and psychosocial benefits from the home: qualitative evidence on issues of tenure. Housing, Theory and Society 2001;18:50-66
Macintyre S, Hiscock R, Kearns A, Ellaway A. Housing tenure and car access: further exploration of the nature of their relationships with health in a UK setting. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2001;55:330-331pubmed
Ellaway A, Macintyre S, Fairley A. Mums on Prozac, kids on inhalers: the need for research on the potential for improving health through housing interventions. Health Bulletin 2000;58:336-339pubmed
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Shopping for food in socially contrasting localities. British Food Journal 2000;102:52-59open access
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Social capital and self rated health: support for a contextual mechanism. American Journal of Public Health 2000;90:988pubmed open access
Houston D, Ellaway A, Kearns A, Petticrew M. Housing and health feasibility study: report to Scottish Homes. Glasgow, 2000
Kearns A, Hiscock R, Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Beyond four walls: the psycho-social benefits of home: evidence from West Scotland. Housing Studies 2000;15:387-410
Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Ecological approaches: the rediscovery of the role of the physical and social environment. In: Berkman L, Kawachi I, editors Social epidemiology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000:332-348.
Macintyre S, Hiscock R, Kearns A, Ellaway A. Housing, tenure and health inequalities: a three-dimensional perspective on people, homes, and neighbourhoods. In: Graham H, editor Understanding health inequalities. Buckingham: Open University Press, 2000:129-142.
McKeown M, Ellaway A, Bradby H. A systematic exploration of the location and content of graffiti of a racist and sectarian nature in Glasgow. Glasgow, 2000
Ellaway A, Wood S, Macintyre S. Someone to talk to? The role of loneliness as a factor in the frequency of GP consultations. British Journal of General Practice 1999;49:363-367pubmed open access
Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Local opportunity structures, social capital and social inequalities in health: what can central and local government do?. Health Promotion Journal of Australia 1999;9:165-170
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Does housing tenure predict health in the UK because it exposes people to different levels of housing related hazards in the home or its surroundings?. Health & Place 1998;4:141-150pubmed open access
Macintyre S, Ellaway A, Der G, Ford G, Hunt K. Do housing tenure and car access predict health because they are simply markers of income or self esteem? A Scottish study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 1998;52:657-664pubmed open access
Macintyre S, Ellaway A. Social and local variations in the use of urban neighbourhoods: a case study in Glasgow. Health & Place 1998;4:91-94pubmed
Ellaway A, Anderson AS, Macintyre S. Does area of residence affect body size and shape?. International Journal of Obesity 1997;21:304-308pubmed
Ellaway A. Are single indicators of deprivation as useful as composite indicators in predicting morbidity and mortality? Results from the Central Clydeside Conurbation. Health Bulletin 1997;55:283-284pubmed
Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Does where you live predict health-related behaviours? A case study in Glasgow. Health Bulletin 1996;54:443-446pubmed
Ellaway A. Deprivation and health: an assessment of the utility of a selection of deprivation indices and their relationship with health outcomes. Glasgow, 1995
McColl K, Anderson AS, Ellaway A, Macintyre S. Community food initiatives in Scotland: interim report to the Health Education Board for Scotland. 1995
Sooman A, Taggart J. West of Scotland: price and availability of a selection of 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' food items in two localities in Glasgow City. Glasgow, 1992