Advanced Quantitative Methods
PhD Researcher in Advanced Quantitative Methods (ESRC 1+3)
Department of Education/Department for Health, University of Bath
Start date: October 2020
Research topic: Developing a precision, machine learning-powered, technological intervention to promote physical activity and healthy ageing in older adults of low socioeconomic status.
Population ageing places significant pressures on health and social care services. Physical activity is one of the most promising avenues for reducing the socioeconomic burden of age-related diseases. Although mobile technologies could transform the healthcare industry, digital exclusion is stratified by socioeconomic status, emulating physical activity divides. My research will use methods such as multilevel modelling and machine learning to inform the development of a “just-in-time” adaptive intervention for older adults of low socioeconomic status. By monitoring dynamic biocultural variables (e.g. mood, physical/social environment), this digital intervention will aim to deliver personalised physical activity support when users need it most.
Research supervisors: Dr Nick Townsend (Bath), Dr Max Western (Bath), Dr Mark Kelson (Exeter), Dr Charlie Foster (Bristol)