Laura Gray BSc, MSc, PhD

Laura Gibson

Research Associate in Econometrics

Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS)
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: 2004

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0885
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749
Email: laura.gray@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0001-6365-7710
Twitter: @DrLauraAGray

Biography

I joined HEDS as a Research Associate in Health Econometrics in September 2014. Prior to this post I was funded by an ESRC CASE studentship with NICE as a PhD candidate, also in HEDS, supervised by Dr Mónica Hernández.  My thesis was titled “A Public Health Approach to Childhood Obesity: The Role of Econometrics”.  The thesis uses a variety of advanced econometric techniques over three empirical studies. These studies investigate the effects of breastfeeding on childhood obesity, the impact of family lifestyle on childhood obesity and the relationships between childhood obesity, family lifestyle and health.

Before joining HEDS, I completed an MSc in Financial Economics (2009-2010) in the Department of Economics and a BSc in Economics and Statistics (2006-2009) in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, both at the University of Sheffield.

Research Interests

I am interested in microeconometric methods development and applied microeconomics, particularly in relation to obesity and health behaviours.

Teaching Interests

I am interested in supervising students using observational data in a range of topic areas using microeconometrics methods.

I am the student experience officer for postgraduate research students in ScHARR. 

Administrative Roles

  • Member of ScHARR PGR Committee 2012-2013 & 2017 - present
  • Member of HEDS Research Functional Working Group 2016 - present
  • ScHARR Student Experience Officer 2017 - present
  • HEDS PGR Lead 2016 - present
  • Member of MDH Faculty Student Committee 2012 - 2013
  • ScHARR PGR Student Representative 2012 - 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Economics Society (RES) member
  • Royal Statistics Society (RSS) member
  • European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) member
  • European Economics Association (EEA) member
  • Women in Economics (WinE) member
  • Health Economics Study Group (HESG) member

Key Publications

Journal articles

Theses / Dissertations

  • Gibson LA (2016) A public health approach to childhood obesity: the role of econometrics.