Dr Joanne-Marie (Jo) Cairns
2009 - 2012: PhD Geography, University of Durham (ESRC funded CASE studentship with the North East Public Health Observatory).
2008 - 2009: MA in Research Methods (Geography), University of Durham.
2005 - 2008: BA (Combined Honours), University of Durham.
Jo has a BA (Hons) in Combined Honours - Sociology, History and French (2008), an MA in Social Research Methods (Geography, 2009) and a PhD in Human Geography (2013) all from Durham University.
Jo has worked in the Department of Geography since October 2009 as a part-time Teaching Assistant and Demonstrator. She was employed as a Teaching Fellow in the department October 2012-July 2014. Jo is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the department.
Health inequalities underpin Jo’s research interests, with a particular interest in how these are spatially patterned. She has worked on a range of projects since completing her doctoral research on ‘health resilience’ in deprived areas. A few of the projects include a large international systematic review which examined the effectiveness of public health interventions to tackle socio-economic inequalities in childhood and adult obesity, an umbrella review on traffic calming measures to improve population health (specifically the use of 20 mph zones), and a cross-disciplinary project that examined the impact of brownfield land on health inequalities in England. Jo’s other research interests include the role of community capacity building in the promotion of health, social (in)justice issues, and the impact of social capital on health and health inequalities.
- Associate of the Higher Education Academy
- Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) - Geography of Health Research Group.
- British Sociological Association.
Journal papers: academic
- Bambra, C., Hillier, F., Cairns, J., Kasim, A., Moore, H. & Summerbell, C. How effective are interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity among children and adults? Two systematic reviews. Public Health Research. 2015;3:1.
- Bambra, C., Cairns, J.M., Kasim, A., Smith, J., Robertson, S., Copeland, A. & Johnson, K. This divided land: An examination of regional inequalities in exposure to brownfield land and the association with morbidity and mortality in England. Health & Place. 2015;34:257-269.
- Cairns, J.M., Bambra, C., Hillier-Brown, F.C., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. Weighing up the evidence: a systematic review of the effectiveness of workplace interventions to tackle socio-economic inequalities in obesity. Journal of Public Health. 2014.
- Cairns-Nagi, J.M. & Bambra, C. Defying the odds: A mixed-methods study of health resilience in deprived areas of England. Social Science & Medicine. 2013;91:229-237.
- Bambra, C.L., Hillier, F.C., Moore, H.J., Cairns-Nagi, J.M. & Summerbell, C.D. Tackling inequalities in obesity: a protocol for a systematic review of the effectiveness of public health interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity among adults. Systematic Reviews. 2013;2:27.
- Cairns, J.M., Curtis, S.E. & Bambra, C. Defying Deprivation: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Area Level Health Resilience in England. Health and Place. 2012;18:928-933.
- Cairns, J.M. Social Capital and Health Inequality in European Welfare States By Mikael Rostila Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; ISBN 978-0-230-29343-4; £55.00 (hbk). Social Policy & Administration. Published;48:616.
- Cairns, J.M. Defying the odds? Identifying and understanding the relationship between health and resilience. 2013.