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My primary research interest is the social determinants of health, and the public policy means of addressing them. Much of my work has focused on work and welfare, in particular with regard to Basic Income. Specifically, my work examines the following areas:

  • Health impact
  • Economic feasibility
  • Public acceptability
  • Narratives to ‘sell’ the policy
  • Additional needs, including those of disabled people

I also have broader expertise on inclusion, disability and inclusive physical activity.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Act Now: A vision for a better future and a new social contract, Johnson, M., Dorling, D., Driscoll, J., Hardill, I., Hobbs, C., Johnson, E., Lawson, N., Nadel, J., Nettle, D., Pickett, K., Polanski, Z., Pollock, A., Reed, H., Robson, I., Stark, G., Taylor-Robinson, D., Wilkinson, R. 1 Jul 2024
  • After nudging: the ethical challenge of post-pandemic policymaking in the UK, Degerman, D., Johnson, E., Flinders, M., Johnson, M. 29 Mar 2024, In: Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
  • Can the ‘downward spiral’ of material conditions, mental health and faith in government be stopped? Evidence from surveys in ‘red wall’ constituencies, Johnson, M., Johnson, E., Reed, H., Nettle, D. 1 Feb 2024, In: British Journal of Politics and International Relations
  • Gordon Brown wants £3 billion for the ‘austerity generation’. But the UK needs a more enduring solution, Johnson, E., Nettle, D., Johnson, M. 16 May 2024
  • How Far Can Interventions to Increase Income Improve Adolescent Mental Health? Evidence From the UK Millennium Cohort Study and Next Steps, Villadsen, A., Johnson, E., Cookson, R., Johnson, M. 2024, In: Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Keir Starmer can't take the North for granted like New Labour did, Johnson, M., Johnson, E. 11 Jun 2024
  • Prospective Health Impacts of a Universal Basic Income: Evidence From Community Engagement in South Tyneside, UK, Howard, N., Gregory, G., Johnson, E., Goodman, C., Coates, J., Pickett, K., Johnson, M. 4 Apr 2024, In: International Journal of Social Determinants of Health and Health Services
  • Rishi Sunak wants to cut the cost of ‘sicknote’ Britain. But we’ve found a strong economic case for benefits, Johnson, E., Reed, H., Johnson, M. 25 Apr 2024
  • The health case for basic income, Johnson, E., Johnson, M., Nettle, D., Reed, H., Stark, G. 5 Feb 2024
  • We need to demand more from policymakers and politicians, Johnson, M., Johnson, E., Robson, I., Hardill, I. 30 May 2024

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Universal Basic Income and health – strong support and distinctive concerns from a deprived community in NE England 2023
  • Invited talk: What are the impacts of universal basic income on mental health? A microsimulation economic modelling study 2023
  • Invited talk: Winning the Vote with Universal Basic Income: Lessons for Progressive Politicians 2022

  • Health and Social Research PhD July 26 2023
  • Politics MA November 18 2009
  • Classics BA (Hons) June 27 2008

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