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Alexia Sawyer

In 2018, she completed her PhD at University College London (UCL) in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health and the Bartlett Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. Alexia’s research focuses on environmental influences on health behaviours (physical activity, diet, sleep), using complex systems approaches to understand – and thereby develop strategies to modify - the political, economic, physical and social factors which determine health outcomes and inequalities.

Using a variety of research approaches, Alexia works on projects asking how we create workplaces (Active Buildings, UCL), schools (UCL), neighbourhoods (GoWell; Glasgow Centre for Population Health), cities (Amsterdam Healthy Weight Approach; Amsterdam UMC) and public policy (Policy Evaluation Network; Amsterdam UMC) that equitably support health. She currently works on the European Commission-funded Policy Evaluation Network, in the work package embedding a focus on equity and diversity throughout the project.

Alexia lectures on health promotion, health inequalities and complex systems, supervises students and contributes to interest groups on participatory design and systems thinking. She recently participated in the UN-HABITAT/UCL/Brussels Bouwmeester Maitre Architecte masterclass on new urban governance strategies for urban design.

Alexia Sawyer