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Katie Fahy

PhD student

Places & communities programme, Health inequalities theme

University of Liverpool (LiLaC)

Research Interests

Health inequalities, mental health, statistics, causal inference methods

Katie's Q&A

  • What has been your career journey so far?

    I graduated with my integrated Masters in Maths and Statistics in 2017. During my studies and since graduating, I have worked as a statistician in a wide range of public health research topics, including developing a measure of socioeconomic status, analysing trends in children’s mental health and evaluating maternal and newborn healthcare provision in low and middle income countries.

  • Why did you choose to do a PhD in public health research?

    Public health research interests me as it plays an important role in policy making. The research can provide decision makers with key evidence to inform policies that reduce health inequalities.

  • What is your research focused on?

    The first study of my PhD considers how trends in resource allocation differ between local authorities. I am investigating funding of Cultural, Environmental and Planning (CEP) services between 2007 and 2017. This time period includes implementation of austerity in 2010, which resulted in significant budget cuts for local governments.

  • Why is it important?

    CEP services include a variety of services, such as parks, libraries, and bin collection. They influence the health and well-being of the communities that they provide for in several ways, from basic cleanliness to supporting social cohesion. Therefore, it is important that communities have equitable access to these services

  • What do you like about being a part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research?

    Being a part of the NIHR School of Public Health Research network provides a great opportunity to connect with people who have similar research interests to share expertise.

  • What skills have you learnt and/or are hoping to learn as part of your PhD?

    In addition to a more in-depth knowledge of public health, I hope to develop my skills in written and oral communication. I think the ability to effectively communicate my research will be beneficial for engagement with both the public and stakeholders.

  • What do you hope to do after completing your PhD?

    I hope to build on the skills I have learnt during my PhD and to develop more methodological expertise.


Alexiou A., Fahy K., Mason K., Bennett D., Brown H., Bambra C., et al. Local government funding and life expectancy in England: a longitudinal ecological study. The Lancet Public Health 2021 6 (9)

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