Welcome Visiting Scholars from the University of Oxford


David Humphreys is Associate Professor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research cuts across criminology, public health, epidemiology, and social policy. His work examines the relationship between structural determinants of health (e.g. the built environment, government regulation, etc.) and physical harm. His primary interest is violence and injury prevention, but his research also explores alcohol policy and substance misuse, physical inactivity, social inequalities in health, prisoner rehabilitation, and methodological advances in the use of natural experiments in population health research. A list of his recent publications can be found at Google Scholar.

Michelle Degli Esposti is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. Michelle researches the distributions and determinants of violence and mental health at the national-level. Her research uses a unique interdisciplinary lens which combines psychology, epidemiology, history, public health, and social policy.Michelle’s doctoral research used big data and time series methods to map out patterns in child abuse over the last 150 years in the UK. Her postdoctoral research uses quasi-experimental methods to evaluate the impact of Stand Your Ground laws on homicide and crime across the US, led by Dr David Humphreys (University of Oxford) and Prof Douglas Wiebe (University of Pennsylvania). She also works as a Statistical Consultant for epidemiological analyses at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.Michelle aims to develop her independent research over the next few years; using her knowledge of advanced statistical methods and big data to better inform our understanding of violence and mental health, and provide national-level evidence for policy and practice. A list of her publications can be found on Google Scholar.

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