Obesity strategic network: whole systems approach

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Sch of Geography

Abstract

Increasing volumes of 'data' about individual behaviours are becoming available through social media, mobile phone geotagging, store loyalty cards and purchasing transaction data. There are many opportunities to use these data to benefit society. One key example is to better understand how the environment in which we live influences our behaviours leading to health concerns such as overweight and obesity. This is something which the Chief Medical Officer and other policy makers have begun to recognise as important. A better understanding of these complex interactions offers scope for designing interventions to addressing this significant 'wicked' challenge.
Obesity continues to be a problem in the UK with the most recent figures reporting 67% of men and 57% of women classed as overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity are serious health concerns and are risk factors for other non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis and certain cancers. In many places the environment in which we lives makes it easy to gain weight. For example, fast food outlets are regularly closer to our homes and workplaces than supermarkets with healthier food choices and it is often safer or more convenient to drive to work rather than walk. These factors encourage individuals to eat unhealthy foods and be sedentary rather than physically active, contributing to weight gain and subsequent overweight and obesity. This setting has been termed an 'obesogenic environment'.
In order to promote healthier eating and more physical activity; groups of professionals need to work together to better understand how to modify these environmental influences so that it is easier to eat a good diet and be more active. These groups of professionals include researchers with an interest in diet and physical activity as well as involved with promoting active travel, reducing crime and improving retail planning. Real changes also need the involvement of local government, planning organisations, retailers, charities and health practitioners. Experts in data analytics are required to harness the volumes of information available and use these in a meaningful way.
This network aims to do just that - bring together many different types of researchers with policy makers, retail and third sector organisations to work together collaboratively in order to plan how to make best use of the large volumes of data now available to inform research, policy and practice in the prevention of obesity.
A network like this is a prime example of how the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts and together there is great potential to make a difference.

Planned Impact

To ensure maximum impact of the research generated by this cross disciplinary, multi-site network a range of stakeholders will be involved. These stakeholders include academics, local authorities (Leeds City Council), charity organisations (Association for the Study of Obesity and NESTA), industry partners (Anytime Fitness, Marks and Spencer's), practitioners (MoreLife) and policy makers (Town and Council Planning Association, Public Health England and the Department of Health, Scottish government Paths for All). Through these network partnerships there is great potential to co-produce new work with wide reaching impact. The innovative use of large data and novel methods in data analytics across many disciplines areas will be of benefit to many.
Who will benefit from this network?
Academic beneficiaries of this network will fall predominantly into two areas:
1) Those with interest in data analytics methods
2) Those with interest in a systems approach and the environmental factors influencing obesity.
There will also be cross over between the two groups. The network will generate new ideas and methods for how to best handle the large volumes such as those which will form the backbone of this network such as: the ESRC Administrative Data Research Centres from Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Health and Social Care Information Centre and the data held within the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics from both the Consumer Data Research Centre and the Medical Bioinformatics Centre.
Other beneficiaries will include a range of professionals working towards the reduction of obesity and associated improvements in health. The long term benefit would be societal if research generated could lead to changes in the environment making is easier to maintain a healthy weight and more difficult to gain weight.
The network will explore how the analytical methods and big data can be applied to address important interdisciplinary research questions around the obesogenic environment. Outcomes of these research questions will be of benefit to researchers from a range of areas including but not limited to: geography, spatial epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, public health, sport science, active lifestyles, active travel, nutrition and diet. The applied methods will be of benefit to quantitative researchers and data analysts worldwide from within and beyond academia.
Policy makers and practitioners will benefit from this network as they will be able to contribute to inform research questions generated and ensure that these are applicable to their target populations. These collaborations will ensure that pathways to impact for the research will be clear and well informed.
How will they benefit from this network?
This network proposes to generate proof of concept work and collaborative funding proposals for further research using big data to answer important questions about the influences of the environment on obesity. Proof of concept results and methodological developments will be published in peer reviewed journals. Other news will be shared via virtual networks such as twitter, LinkedIn and JISCmail in attempt to ensure widespread impact of the network.
Through co-production with non-academic partners who are central to defining activities, including local authorities, industry partners and practitioners, benefits of the network will have a direct path to society for them to reap the benefits where possible. These can be operationalised through examples such as local council initiatives. Societal benefits will likely be longer term dependent upon the outcomes of collaborations beyond the network funding period.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Four achievements relating to our original objectives are as follows:

1) Engage researchers at different career stages and facilitate development of ECRs
The involvement of Early Career Researchers in the seminar series was very successful. We used a simple but effective devise of matching ECRs with a more experienced partner to jointly design and deliver individual elements of the seminar and workshop programme. The partners were typically not acquainted with one another at the start of the project. Two of the applicants including the network director (Morris) were ECR. Writing teams for our paper series were well balanced between early career and established researchers.
2) Share knowledge to facilitate development of new research approaches
The network drew an excellent mixture of contributions from policy-makers (e.g. TCPA, Local authority heath teams, J Sainsbury) and academics from a range of disciplines (medicine, health science, diet and nutrition, sports and exercise science, health economics, transport studies, geography). This in turn brought in a diversity of methods from agent-based modelling and microsimulation to causal inference, machine learning, hazard modelling and decision science. International colleagues from the Netherlands, US, Ireland and New Zealand contributed talks and broader strategic advice. The discussion of new approaches and recommendations particularly around the exploitation of Big Data for obesity research led to a new approach for reporting results from Big Data studies (the 'BEE-COAST' framework) and a Delphi forecasting process to determine consensus around definition of big data in obesity research and future research priorities, with both of these advances reported in the peer-reviewed research literature.
3) Generate a policy paper and shape future policy guidance
A paper was produced and published in the Journal of the Town and Country Planning Association. A series of six papers and two editorials, reporting a range of outcome across the project has been accepted by the International Journal of Obesity. The first two of these papers have been accepted for publication with the remainder at various stages of editing and review.
4) Generate a proof of concept research model
Using our network of research collaborators as an expert review team it was possible to direct a range of activities towards the design of a model of active lifestyles and obesity with data analytics and coding of the model structures being progressed between workshops. Data for the student populations of a University campus (Leeds) has been connected from a variety of sources including loyalty cards for University catering and gym membership usage. Further development of this model is progressing beyond the life of the project using resources of the ESRC's national Centre for Consumer Data Research.
Exploitation Route Now that approvals have been obtained work on the model demonstrator is being taken forward by a postgraduate research intern in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.
The engagement of commercial organisations has led to a PhD student which is being sponsored by a supermarket retailer including both financial support and provision of data from a loyalty card. Another PhD project will start in September 2018 in association with a lifestyle partner targeting weight loss interventions for healthy living.
Two pilot projects with the UK Prevention Research Partnership would allow for a significant scale up across a number of academic partners if approved for the main funding phase. A major research programme with the Wellcome Foundation involving a number of network partners is at an advanced stage of preparation.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Retail

URL https://lida.leeds.ac.uk/research-projects/obesity-strategic-network/
 
Description New insight for the student services team managing food provision at the University of Leeds has been generated as a result of the network proof of concept project. Changes are currently under discussion within these teams in order to try and improve student access to healthier choices.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Healthcare
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Associating food environments with obesity?
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://www.tcpa.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=f5e87fe2-c146-48b6-8a67-c7426fd77e4d
 
Description ESRC Industrial Strategy PhD studentships within the Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description ESRC Industrial Strategy PhD studentships within the Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Mistral: Multi-scale Infrastructure Transitions Analytics
Amount £5,350,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N017064/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Turing fellowship
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Alan Turing Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund
Amount £6,000 (GBP)
Organisation Worldwide Universities Network 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 06/2019
 
Description Collaboration to conduct Delphi study on use of Big Data for obesity research 
Organisation Leeds Beckett University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributing to study design and implementation, data collection and analysis and writing up of results into a manuscript.
Collaborator Contribution Contributing to study design and implementation, data collection and analysis and writing up of results into a manuscript.
Impact This study is ongoing and the manuscript describing the results has been accepted in principle as part of a paper series for the International Journal of Obesity.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration to guide research work with retailers 
Organisation Free University of Amsterdam
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drafting guidelines to assist research groups to work more effectively with commercial retailers. Learnings from our work.
Collaborator Contribution Drafting guidelines to assist research groups to work more effectively with commercial retailers. Learnings from their work.
Impact Symposiums at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2018 and 2019. Manuscript in draft.
Start Year 2017
 
Description ESRC Industrial strategy studentship in Data Analytics and Society CDT - Active Inspiration 
Organisation Active Inspiration
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I have been working with Active Inspiration for a number of years. My collaboration with them has resulted in them becoming a data partner for the CDRC and co-funding a PhD studentship.
Collaborator Contribution Active Inspiration have contributed data and time to support our research.
Impact Studentship and a conference presentation at ECTQG York 2017.
Start Year 2016
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation Cancer Research UK
Department Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation Durham University
Department Department of Geography
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation Free University of Amsterdam
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation Leeds Beckett University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation Leeds City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Department Department of Clinical Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation Northumbria University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Inhaled Antibiotics in Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation Town & Country Planning Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation University College Cork
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Department of Surgery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation University of Lincoln
Department Laboratory of Vision Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Department Institute of Integrative Biology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department Division of Epidemiology and Public Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity 
Organisation University of Washington
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michelle Morris is Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity. Mark Birkin is PI. Other team members have contributed to organisation and attendance of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Partners in this collaboration have contributes to seminars, workshops and paper writing.
Impact Multidisciplinary and multi-sector. Meetings recorded elsewhere. Outputs forthcoming.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mentor relationship with Professor of Nutrition Epidemiology 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Mentor relationship driven by me to help with my professional development and career progression.
Collaborator Contribution Guidance with grant applications, study design, promotion opportunities and professional development.
Impact Grant and fellowship applications submitted. Promotion application to Associate Professor successful.
Start Year 2017
 
Company Name Dietary Assessment Ltd 
Description Dietary Assessment Ltd provide online dietary assessment tool for use in research, health care and teaching. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact This company is newly created and has potential to impact future epidemiology research and health care. In addition potential impact will be generated from dietary data collection and monitoring more widely and using data generated gain insight into prevention of non-communicable disease.
Website http://www.myfood24.org
 
Description Data Science Engagement event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This workshop was a Data Science Engagement event involving an international company, Callcredit (and CDRC data partner), with data scientists, researchers and academics at the University of Leeds. A tour of the facilities in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics was followed by six short presentations (from individuals at the University of Leeds and Callcredit) and an extended round table discussion.

The event developed exiting relationships and sparked new ones. Many ideas for future collaborations to further enhance the partnership were initiated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Data Science Perspectives (Turing conference) - Restricting price and location-based food promotions: an algorithmic approach to apply Nutrient Profiling across the retail product portfolio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This poster presentation was delivered to an interdisciplinary data science audience and demonstrated how data science han be applied to tackle real world challenges that impact multiple businesses and third sectors in addition to the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Early careers workshop at ASO 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The purpose of this workshop was to introduce early career researchers in the obesity field (interdisciplinary group including health care professionals) to the opportunities for using big data in their research. The workshop was very well received and positive feedback provided to the Association for the Study of Obesity. Participants reported that the workshop opened their minds to opportunities that they had not previously thought of as available to their research field.
Colleagues involved in the session also reported that their perspectives had been widened.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.aso.org.uk/events/ukco/ecrn-workshop/
 
Description European Nutrition Society FENS - poster presentation: Variation in fruit and vegetable purchasing patterns in Leeds: using novel loyalty card transaction data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation of collaborative work with Sainsbury's. This was shared at an international conference that attracts nutrition delegates from all sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/696/program-app/submission/139470
 
Description European Nutrition Society FENS Poster presentation: Compliance with the Eatwell guide: a case study using supermarket transaction records in Yorkshire and the Humber 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation at an international conference that is attended by nutritionists from all sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/696/program-app/submission/139482
 
Description Food and Drink Sector Council Nutrition Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I have been invited to participate in the Food and Drink Sector Council Nutrition working group. At a meeting in February I presented possible options for data sharing across the food sector to contribute towards digitising the food system and informing the National food strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description GIS Mini Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I presented results of my research investigating whether geodemographic classifications are useful to explain diet and obesity in children to a cohort of GIS MSc students. The presentation sparked interesting discussion. Students have since been in touch to find out more about projects in the area of GIS and health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Inspiring the Next Generation Clinical Academic Training Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I attended this Clinical Academic Training Event to provide a talk and network with Clinicians to inspire them with regards to opportunities to work with big data in their research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description International Medical Geography Symposium - Engaging with policy, business and academia: lessons from The Economic and Social Research Council Obesity Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This talk was part of a session regarding cross sector collaboration. There was interesting panel discussion with each of the speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity - Tackling obesity with big data: a new data reporting framework 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This talk brought the concept of Big Data to a diet and activity research conference. It generated much discussion about what is now possible. New research connections have been made following this talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Public Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory course has sparked much discussion and interest in further training in and application of spatial methods in a public health context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/training-session/spatial-methods-for-public-health-researchers/
 
Description Invited webinar hosted by CLOSER and the UK Data Service. Investigating obesity in the UK - what data can I use? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 150 delegates from a range of organisations dialled in to join this webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/investigating-obesity-uk-data/
 
Description LIDA Seminar for Public Health Registrars 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 Public Health Registrars from the Yorkshire and Humber Region attended this seminar, as part of the CPD, to gain a better understanding of the use of Big Data in Public Health. The seminar was opened up to University colleagues and the general public, boosting the numbers to ~80. A panel discussion followed the talks which sparked many interesting discussions about the use of data and potential applications to both policy and public health practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://lida.leeds.ac.uk/event/introduction-big-data-public-health-future-horizons-applications-ethi...
 
Description Measuring diet for population research: innovative methods in a big data era 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ~12 people from across Yorkshire with an interest in Nutrition attended this My Food, My decision conference. The talk sparked interesting discussion and introduced the audience to new methods for dietary assessment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Obesity Network Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The first seminars in the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity Series attracted 114 registered delegates from a range of audiences. The reach extended through social media and website hits. Four speakers gave their perspectives on how big data is essential to understanding and tackling obesity. A thought provoking panel discussion and networking lunch and walk followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/research/obesity/network-meetings/
 
Description Obesity Network Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity engaged 38 network members in a sandpit type event in which ideas for how best to use big data to understand and tackle obesity were formed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Parliamentary workshop on childhood obesity, 29th June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This workshop was targeted to parliamentary staff to raise awareness of current, policy relevant research and to network. Professor Birkin and colleagues Michelle Morris and Paul Gately were in attendance to advise of available datasets and inform participants of research taking place in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to 'Living Labs Project' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This presentation sparked questions from the Facility Directorate team about how they could gain greater insight to their data and what research questions could be addressed with their data which would be of benefit to the general population.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Sainsbury's Sustainability conference: launching carbon net zero targets 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I was invited to attend this conference hosted by Sainsbury's as some of our work was used to inform their carbon net zero 2030 strategy. I had some engaging discussions on the nutrition team stand during the networking elements of the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The role of local level data in an applied approach to whole systems obesity: A multisector co-production featuring the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity and PHE Whole Systems Approach to Obesity Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This symposium presented multi sector perspective to use of data in obesity research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://4dy4nw40c4dd3grekq38yooy-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/UKCO-2016-Full-Pr...
 
Description The role of new and emerging data in obesity research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This presentation was at an NCRM Agenda setting workshop on streaming analytics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UseMyData patient group workshop: Other options for linkable lifestyle data - what about your supermarket loyalty card 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact I presented as part of a wider panel and extensive questions and discussion followed. Follow up activities with attendees are taking place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.usemydata.org/resources/use%20MY%20data_data%20workshop%20260117_agenda%20-%20updated%202...
 
Description Visit to the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation followed by a meeting with software demonstration. Approximately 20 delegates from the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment attended my talk: The role of big data in health research: case studies of obesity and foodborne illness.
Questions and discussion on aspects of dietary assessment, syndromic surveillance and population modelling followed. In a meeting with the nutrition team, following the talk, I provided a demonstration of the myfood24 online dietary assessment tool and further discussion on techniques for population modelling, including spatial microsimulation. Detailed discussion on data sources in China took place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to the Chinese University of Hong Kong - Seminar: The role of big data in health research: obesity as a case study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approx 50 delegates form the School of Public Health and Primary Care, Hospital staff and WUN workshop members attended a talk. A collaboration session followed where we developed ideas for future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description WUN Research Open Day: Digital Health & Multidisciplinary Collaboration, Sydney 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 120 delegates from a range of audiences attended this open day that provided a range of short talks from different disciplines in the broad remit of digital health. Questions and discussion followed each talk, one of which was about my work at LIDA and the CDRC. I additionally contributed to a panel discussion at the end
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/research-open-day-digital-health-multidisciplinary-collaboration-tic...
 
Description What does supermarket loyalty card data reveal about food purchase behaviours? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This blog article summarises the work presented at the FENS conference. It is an accessible format for the general public and industrial partners to access and understand our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2019
URL https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/news-archive/what-does-supermarket-loyalty-card-data-reveal-about-food-purcha...
 
Description Whole Systems Obesity National Conference: Data and Information workshop (x2) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As chair of two 'Data and Information' workshops involving presentations, panel discussion and a practical activity for policy makers involved in the Whole Systems Obesity project co-ordinated by Leeds Beckett University I facilitated discussion and observed learning from the audience and changes tot heir perspective for what they could do in this data and information space with respect to obesity (and other health and lifestyle behaviours)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/wholesystemsobesity/
 
Description Workshop on obesity at the Scottish Parliament 30th October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This workshop was run in support of the work of the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee to consider different policy interventions for tacking Scotland's obesity problem. It is also to help raise the profile of this issue as the Scottish Government produces its strategy on obesity, and present ideas for the next steps and work to be taken forward in this area. The event was attended by approximately 40 participants including MPs, academics and stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop with DEFRA regarding digitising the food system 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This meeting/workshop involved members of the Food and Drink teams at DEFRA and collaborators from Sainsbury's. Animated discussions took place about how more novel sources of data could be made available for research and policy makers to better understand the food system. Follow on projects are planned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020