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Dr Caroline Wright

Dr Caroline Wright

Dr Caroline Wright
BSc(Bristol), MA(W.England), MSc(Bristol), PhD(Bristol)

Senior Research Associate (CRUK Fellowship)

Area of research

Multiple Risk Behaviours

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Summary

Caroline is a Senior Research Associate and Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellow working at Bristol Medical School. Her current research focusses on adolescent multiple risk behaviours, including smoking tobacco, alcohol consumption and physical inactivity. Caroline specialises in quantitative analysis and has experience of working with large datasets. As well as an interest in health risk behaviours, Caroline has conducted several large research projects, including her PhD, on educational participation in England. Caroline will begin a 3 year Cancer Research UK population postdoctoral fellowship in July 2018, which will focus on cancer-risk behaviours. Before working in academia, Caroline worked as an educational practitioner and so has worked extensively within schools and with children, young people and their families. 

Biography

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2003, with a degree in Social Policy and Planning. Following this I worked as an Administrative Assistant for Bristol City Council for a number of years. In 2006, I became an Education Welfare Officer and worked extensively with vulnerable children, young people and their families to improve school attendance. This involved working in many schools and communities in south Bristol. I also had significant child protection responsibilities. During this time, I studied part-time for a Masters degree in Education at the University of the West of England.

In 2009, I secured a 1+3 ESRC CASE studentship at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with UCAS. As part of this studentship, I completed my MSc in Society and Space in 2010 and my doctoratal thesis: A Multilevel Analysis of post-16 and Higher Education in England, in 2014.

Before completing my PhD, I worked as a Research Associate at Cardiff University for WISERD on a project relating to the Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to HE in Wales. The overall aim of the project was to demonstrate the effectiveness of the secondary analysis of administrative data-sets to delineate patterns of participation in higher education (HE) and, thereby, to contribute to the development of policy and professional practice in widening access in Wales (and more widely). The project was based upon a collaboration between WISERD, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Welsh Government.

Between January and September 2015 I worked on a research project at the School of Social; and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol evaluating the effectiveness of COPD care bundles. The project was designed as a controlled before-and-after study with nested case studies. My work focussed on both the recruitment of sites to the project and the development of data collection and quantitative analysis used in the project.

I am currently working as a Research Associate on a programme of research concerned with engagement in multiple risk behaviours (MRBs) amongst adolescents. I am currently exploring the associations between MRBs and educational attainment using linked data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents & Children (ALSPAC).

Activities / Findings

Caroline is a Senior Research Associate and Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellow working at Bristol Medical School. Her current research focusses on adolescent multiple risk behaviours, including smoking tobacco, alcohol consumption and physical inactivity. Caroline specialises in quantitative analysis and has experience of working with large datasets. As well as an interest in health risk behaviours, Caroline has conducted several large research projects, including her PhD, on educational participation in England. Caroline will begin a 3 year Cancer Research UK population postdoctoral fellowship in July 2018, which will focus on cancer-risk behaviours. Before working in academia, Caroline worked as an educational practitioner and so has worked extensively within schools and with children, young people and their families.  

Teaching

I provided teaching support (demonstrating) on the following courses:

University of Bristol, 2009 – 2013: Geographical Methods I (GIS, SPSS), Geographical Methods II (multiple regression and R) and Geographical Methods III (multilevel modelling and analysis MLwiN)

Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, 2011 and 2012: Multilevel modelling and analysis using MLwiN

Il Congreso Ciudad y Salud, Bogota, Columbia, October 2011: Multilevel modelling and analysis using MLwiN

Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, October 2011: Multilevel modelling and analysis using MLwiN

Keywords

  • Multilevel models
  • Education
  • Social inequalities
  • Health care evaluation
  • Geographies of education
  • Geographies of health
  • Neighbourhood effects
  • School effects
  • School attendance
  • Multiple risk behaviours

Methodologies

  • multilevel modelling
  • regression modelling

Selected publications

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