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Anne Kouvonen

MSc, PhD (University of Helsinki), PGCHET (Queen’s University Belfast)

Lecturer in Sociology/Social Policy (Health)

Room 6.01.022, 6 College Park

Email: a.kouvonen@qub.ac.uk

Ext. 5371

Anne was appointed as Lecturer in Sociology/Social Policy (Health) in January 2012. She is also one of the Co-Investigators at the Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI) (http://coe.qub.ac.uk/). Before joining QUB she worked as Research Fellow in the School of Community Health Sciences in the University of Nottingham (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/chs/index.aspx). Anne is a social epidemiologist whose research primarily focuses on the relationship between social environment and health. In particular, she has been looking at the links between psychosocial work environment and health behaviours. Her other interests regard the investigation of socio-economic and psychosocial determinants of obesity and type 2 diabetes; determinants of occupational injury; and national trends in morbidity. She is also interested in migrant health. Her research involves the application of social epidemiological methods and record linkage, and she has conducted secondary analyses in a number of large longitudinal and record linkage datasets, most notably in the Finnish Public Sector Study (http://www.ttl.fi/en/fioh/organization/work_organizations/psychosocial_factors/Pages/default.aspx). Anne has published over 70 original articles in international peer reviewed scientific journals. She is involved in a number of on-going national and international collaborations with colleagues from the UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/epidemiology/), Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (http://www.ttl.fi/en/Pages/default.aspx), University of Turku (http://www.med.utu.fi/en/departments/), and University of California, Davis (http://phs.ucdavis.edu/index.php).

Anyone interested in conducting postgraduate research in any of the above areas especially using large existing cohort studies or record linkage data, should feel free to contact Anne to discuss their ideas.

Teaching

Module Convenor: SPY3012 Health and Social Care Policy; SOC2002 Contemporary Society and Social Inequality

Contributing lecturer: SPY1001 Finding Out about Social Policy; Masters in Applied Social Studies (Systemic Psychotherapy)

Selected Recent Publications

Oksanen T, Kawachi I, Kouvonen A, Takao S, Suzuki E, Virtanen M, Pentti J, Kivimäki M, Vahtera J. (2013) Workplace determinants of social capital: cross-sectional and longitudinal evidence from a Finnish cohort study. PLoS One, 8, e65846.

De Vogli R, Kouvonen A, Elovainio M, Marmot MG. (2013) Economic globalization, inequality and body mass index: A cross-national analysis of 127 countries. Critical Public Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2013.768331

Kouvonen A, Vahtera J, Oksanen T, Pentti J, Väänänen AK, Heponiemi T, Salo P, Virtanen M, Kivimäki M. (2013) Chronic workplace stress and insufficient physical activity: a cohort study.Occupational and  Environmental Medicine, 70, 3-8.

Heikkilä K, Nyberg ST, Theorell T, Fransson EI, Alfredsson L, Bjorner JB, Bonenfant S, Borritz M, Bouillon K, Burr H, Dragano N, Geuskens GA, Goldberg M, Hamer M, Hooftman WE, Houtman IL, Joensuu M, Knutsson A, Koskenvuo M, Koskinen A, Kouvonen A, Madsen IE, Magnusson Hanson LL, Marmot MG, Nielsen ML, Nordin M, Oksanen T, Pentti J, Salo P, Rugulies R, Steptoe A, Suominen S, Vahtera J, Virtanen M, Väänänen A, Westerholm P, Westerlund H, Zins M, Ferrie JE, Singh-Manoux A, Batty GD, Kivimäki M; IPD-Work Consortium. (2013) Work stress and risk of cancer: meta-analysis of 5700 incident cancer events in 116 000 European men and women. British Medical Journal, Feb 7;346:f165.

Kivimäki M, Nyberg ST, Batty GD, Fransson EI, Heikkilä K, Alfredsson L, Bjorner JB, Bonenfant S, Marianne M, Burr H, Casini A, Clays E, De Bacquer D, Dragano N, Ferrie JE, Geuskens GA, Goldberg M, Hamer M, Hooftman WE, Houtman I, Joensuu M, Jokela M, Kittel F, Knutsson A, Koskenvuo M, Koskinen A, Kouvonen A, Madsen IEH, Marmot MG, Nielsen ML, Nordin M, Oksanen T, Pentti J, Rugulies R, Salo P, Siegrist J, Singh-Manoux A, Suominen S, Väänänen A, Vahtera J, Virtanen M, Westerholm PJM, Westerlund H, Zins M, Steptoe A, Theorell T, for the IPD-Work Consortium. (2012) Job strain as a risk factor for coronary heart disease: a collaborative meta-analysis of individual participant data. Lancet, 380, 1491-7.

Kouvonen A, Kivimäki M, Oksanen T, Pentti J, Heponiemi T, Väänänen A, Virtanen M, Vahtera J. (2012) Implementation of workplace-based smoking cessation support activities and smoking cessation among employees: The Finnish Public Sector Study. American Journal of Public Health, 102, e56-e62.

Kouvonen A, Swift JA, Stafford M, Cox T, Vahtera J, Väänänen A, Heponiemi T, De Vogli R, Griffiths A, Kivimäki M. (2012) Social participation and maintaining recommended waist circumference: prospective evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging. Journal of Aging and Health, 24, 250-68.

Joensuu M, Kivimäki M, Koskinen A, Kouvonen A, Pulkki-Råback L, Vahtera J, Virtanen M, Väänänen A. (2012) Differential associations of job control components with mortality: a cohort study, 1986-2006. American Journal of Epidemiology, 175, 609-19.

Kouvonen A, De Vogli R, Stafford M, Shipley MJ, Marmot MG, Cox T, Vahtera J, Väänänen A, Heponiemi T, Singh-Manoux A, Kivimäki M. (2012) Social support and the likelihood of maintaining and improving levels of physical activity: the Whitehall II Study. European Journal of Public Health, 22, 514-8.

Kouvonen A, Stafford M, De Vogli R, Shipley MJ, Marmot MG, Cox T, Vahtera J, Väänänen A, Heponiemi T,  Singh-Manoux A, Kivimäki M. (2011) Negative aspects of close relationships as a predictor of increased body mass index and waist circumference: the Whitehall II Study. American Journal of Public Health, 101, 1474-1480.

De Vogli R, Kouvonen A, Gimeno D. (2011) ‘Globesization’: ecological evidence on the relationship between fast food outlets and obesity among 26 advanced economies. Critical Public Health, 21, 395-402. 

Oksanen T, Kawachi I, Kouvonen A, Suzuki E, Takao S, Sjösten N, Virtanen M, Pentti J, Vahtera J, Kivimäki M. (2011) Workplace social capital and adherence to antihypertensive medication: a cohort study. PLoS ONE, 6, e24732.