Advisory Board


Lucie Burgess is a PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the Centre for Urban Science and Progress London, funded by the Medical Research Council, working on the Urban Mind project. Lucie is developing statistical and computational tools to measure, model, understand and predict the impact of positive and negative factors in the built and social urban environment on mental health.  Lucie has 20 years’  experience of digital strategy and technology development from her previous career, a Masters degree in computer science from Birkbeck College, University of London and a Masters degree in physics from the University of Oxford. She also runs a consultancy, Helix Data Innovation, which advises data-driven and AI start-ups on commercialisation and funding.


Emma Garnett is a Research Fellow in the School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences. Her ethnographic work explores the socio-material and political dimensions of environmental health research and practice, specifically around air pollution. More broadly, she is interested in interdisciplinary methods and critical approaches to data practices.


Andy Guise is a lecturer in social science and health in the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences at KCL. He uses qualitative approaches to study experiences of health, health services and their social context. His work has explored experiences of HIV, drug use and community level health care.



Clare Herrick is a Reader in Human Geography in the Department of Geography, King’s College London. She received her BA from Jesus College, Cambridge; MA from University of California Los Angeles and her PhD from University College London. She joined King’s in 2007. Her research critically explores how health and health behaviours reconfigure and reconstruct urban environments and urban dwellers.


Nicholas Manning is Professor of Sociology at King’s College London. He joined King’s in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, where he was Professor of Social Policy and Sociology, 1995-2014. He founded and directed the Institute, is a major centre of international multidisciplinary research search, service innovation, and teaching, with links globally.

Author of 150+ publications, including 30 books, Nick’s research has been into the sociology of health and illness (especially mental health), global social change (including Russia and Eastern Europe, and China), and the application of social theory to the real world.


Peter Schofield is Wolfson lecturer in Population Health in the School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences, King’s College London. His current research focus is on urbanisation and migration reflecting his interests in the role of social processes in the aetiology and management of both mental and physical disorders. His doctoral research looked at the use of ordinary family homes as a form of residential social care for people with a severe mental illness – a legacy of practices going back to Gheel, Belgium in the middle ages. Since then he has worked on a wide range of research projects including a number of studies investigating the relation between ethnicity and both cardiovascular disease and mental disorder. He has recently completed a four-year MRC fellowship investigating the link between minority status and mental health. This has taken him to Denmark where he set up a birth cohort study using whole population data, collected over thirty years, to examine the effect of neighbourhood social composition on population mental health and, in particular, the mental health of migrants.


Narushige  Shiode  is Reader in Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis with Department of Geography, King’s College London. He has worked mainly in the fields of urban geography, spatial analysis and GIS to identify patterns of changes across space and time, especially those pertaining to patterns of crime, health and epidemiology, and transport and traffic, which are often confined by the urban structure. Naru has particular strength in developing his own method for spatial-temporal analysis of events that are measured at individual, disaggregate point locations (e.g. air quality observed at different stations, spatial diffusion of a communicative disease), and interpreting such data within urban space which is typically confined by the street network.


Chen Zhong is Lecturer in Spatial Analysis at the Department of Geography, King’s College London. Her research interests include spatial data mining, spatiotemporal visualization, complex network analysis, and the use of such analytical techniques for urban and transport planning. She is particularly interested in urban mobility analysis and modelling using new data sets such as smart-card data and social media data, considering various urban contexts. Related projects include her PhD research project on detecting functional urban changes from urban movement patterns in Singapore; postdoctoral research on travel behaviour analysis and modelling using Oyster card data in London; and comparative studies of regularities in London.


External collaborators

Danny Ruta is currently Director of Public Health for Lewisham, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. Danny also leads on obesity for the London Directors of Public Health. Danny’s research interests include patient reported outcomes, and priority setting in health care. His work has been published in over 80 refereed journal articles and book chapters. His quality of life instrument, the Patient Generated Index (PGI) is widely used around the world.


Mike Kelly (Prof.) is Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Institute of Public Health and a member of St John’s College at the University of Cambridge. Between 2005 and 2014, when he retired, he was the Director of the Centre for Public Health at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). From 2005 to 2007 he directed the methodology work stream for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. His research interests include the prevention of non-communicable disease, living with chronic illness, health inequalities, health related behaviour change, end of life care, dental public health, the relationship between evidence and policy and the methods and philosophy of evidence based medicine.