Anna Kenyon

Research Associate

Room number: D7a
Telephone (internal): 26945
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6945
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 6945


I studied Political Science at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2003. After a brief stint in Public Relations I spent over 5 years working as a researcher for various public and private sector organisations during which time I completed a course in Health Psychology at Birkbeck University. My longest post was working as a health researcher for the NHS in London.

I subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh looking at associations between urban environments and walking, with a particular focus on inequalities. This work was jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

My interests are wide but lie chiefly in understanding human-environment interactions and health. I am currently working as a Research Associate on the BEGIN project (Blue-Green Infrastructure through Social Innovation) at the University of Sheffield. This is a European-wide project which aims to improve urban resilience to climate change through blue-green infrastructure (BGI) and sustain BGI’s benefits through social innovation and city-to- city learning.


PhD in Health Geography

My PhD involved exploring associations between built environments and walking. I created several
measures of the built environment using Geographic Information Systems and appended these to
individual level data from the Scottish Health Survey. I examined associations between the built
environment measures with the walking behaviour of residents. I also analysed inequalities in these
associations, for different groups of people and in areas with different levels of deprivation. Finally I
considered the spatial distribution of walking environments across Scotland.

NHS London

Researching and evaluating healthcare services including:

  • Evaluation of a telehealthcare initiative to improve monitoring and outcomes for patients with
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Service Users opinions on the acceptability of different methods of communication in Sexual Health Services
  • Evaluation of an online treatment for anxiety and depression
  • Evaluating a health promotion initiative with for diverse groups

Local Authority

  • Evaluation of a telehealthcare pilot project for a Local Authority

Current Research

BEGIN Project