Career Development Fellow
Thomas is a Career Development Fellow with the Social, Economic and Neighbourhood Determinants of Diet programme within the Dietary Public Health theme at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), whose current research interests include the applications of novel quantitative methods, especially GIS and advanced spatial statistics to the field of obesogenic environment studies; environment effects upon dietary and physical activity behaviour and how these translate into body weight; the accuracy of secondary data and its consequences for health research and the reliability of objective environmental exposure metrics in reality, amongst others.
After completing a Geography BSc in 2007 and Human Geography Research MA in 2008, both at Newcastle University, Thomas developed a focused research interest on obesogenic environments – the effects of the environment upon diet, physical activity and body weight – the geography of these environments and their inherent environmental injustices. A PhD, also at Newcastle University, allowed Thomas to pursue these research interests further, examining in particular the spatialities of the obesogenic environment in North East England.
During his time at Newcastle, Thomas held the position of student representative on the committee for the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO), as well as the same position for the RGS/IBG GIScience Research Group (GIScRG).
Professional memberships and roles
Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) – www.aso.org.uk
RGS/IBG GIScience Research Group (GIScRG) – http://giscience.org.uk/
RGS/IBG Geography of Health Research Group (GHRG) – http://ghrg.wordpress.com/