Dr Natalie Bennett

Background /personal summary 

Natalie has a BA in Human Geography, an MSc in Social Epidemiology and completed her NIHR School for Public Health Research funded PhD studies at the University of Sheffield in 2021. Her PhD research focused on the role of place in shaping ethnic inequalities in mental health in England. She has a particular interest in the role of place and geography in health and health inequalities.

Natalie has substantial experience with the use of the panel survey Understanding Society, which she employed in her PhD research and continues to use in her current role as an ARC Fellow. She has expertise in quantitative analyses of health inequalities, including in the use of multilevel models, structural equation modelling and in time-series methods.

Prior to commencing her role as an ARC Fellow, Natalie worked as a Research Associate with Professor Bambra and her team at Newcastle. During this role, Natalie produced analyses of population-level mental health data for a report with the Northern Health Science Alliance on geographical inequalities in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Areas of interest (up to 5/6 bullet points)

  • The social determinants of health
  • Mental health
  • Contextual effects
  • Geographical inequalities
  • Ethnic inequalities
  • Social cohesion


Recent or relevant publications 

Bambra, C., Munford, L., Bennett, N., Khavandi, S., Davies, H., Bernard, K., Akhter, N., Pickett, K. and Taylor-Robinson, D., 2022. The Parallel Pandemic: COVID-19 and Mental Health. Northern Health Sciences Alliance


Get in touch

Email:  [email protected]

Twitter: @DrNCBennett
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4742-7656