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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Gillian’s research interests are centred on socioeconomic inequalities in health and wellbeing. She investigates how structural inequalities and features of human ecology affect behaviours which, subsequently, affect health and longevity. She uses evolutionary behavioural theory, and observational and experimental data to examine differences in temporal discounting, reproductive scheduling, social trust, health behaviour, and biomarkers of health and ageing. She is particularly interested in the effects of perceived uncontrollable mortality risks on health behaviour, and in understanding the effects of food insecurity.

Key Publications

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  • COVID-19: the relationship between perceptions of risk and behaviours during lockdown, Brown, R., Coventry, L., Pepper, G. 13 May 2021, In: Journal of Public Health
  • Telomeres as integrative markers of exposure to stress and adversity: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Pepper, G., Bateson, M., Nettle, D. Aug 2018, In: Royal Society Open Science
  • Cross-country relationships between life expectancy, intertemporal choice and age at first birth, Bulley, A., Pepper, G. Sep 2017, In: Evolution and Human Behavior
  • The behavioural constellation of deprivation: Causes and consequences, Pepper, G., Nettle, D. 11 Jan 2017, In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Out of control mortality matters: the effect of perceived uncontrollable mortality risk on a health-related decision, Pepper, G., Nettle, D. 26 Jun 2014, In: PeerJ

PGR Supervision

Richard Brown Investigating perceived uncontrollable mortality risk and socioeconomic differences in heath behaviours Start Date: 18/01/2021

Qualifications

  • Education PCAP
  • Psychology PhD
  • Psychology (Biology) MSc
  • Zoology BSc (Hons)

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