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Neil Smith

Neil Smith

Research Director

Children, Families & Work

Neil Smith is a Research Director in the Children, Families and Work team where he works on the analysis of secondary data. He has over 10 years’ experience of quantitative research spent mostly in academia where he developed his expertise designing, managing and disseminating results from the analysis of longitudinal data.

His research specialisms include the health, wellbeing and development of children, with a particular focus on social determinants. Since joining NatCen in 2016 he has led a number of schools-based surveys investigating character education, mental health provision and schools’ experiences of work placements, alongside health-related studies on the prescribing  patterns of dependency forming medicines and the impact of tobacco legislation on smoking.

Previously he managed a long-term study investigating the effects of Olympic-led urban regeneration on families and children in East London while based at Queen Mary University of London, and worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine conducting quantitative analysis using the ONS Longitudinal study. He has an MSc and a PhD from University College London where he investigated the links between social inequalities and health and development using the Health Surveys for England and the Millennium Cohort Study.

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