Behavioural Epidemiology and Interventions in Young People
Current work and interests
Yinhua is interested in the longitudinal analysis of activity-travel behaviours and the neighbourhood effects on behavioural changes. Now he is with Dr Eleanor Winpenny to study the trajectories of eating behaviours across adolescence and early adulthood. Under the project of the Diet and Eating Behaviours across Early Adulthood Transitions (DEBEAT) study, his research aims to understand how early life transitions and associated context changes (e.g., changes in neighbourhood/school food environment and social networks) reshape dietary patterns and give rise to health inequalities. This longitudinal perspective will lend support to designing effective and fair intervention instruments to develop young people’s health-related behaviours that persist into adulthood.
Background and experience
Yinhua’s research background is the health geography. Before joining the MRC Epidemiology Unit as a postdoctoral research associate, he obtained his doctoral degree in urban studies (promotors Professor Maarten van Ham and Dr Ana Petrović) from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His PhD research is about the longitudinal analysis of commuting behaviour and subjective wellbeing in China, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He completed his master’s and bachelor’s studies in human geography respectively from Peking University (supervisor Professor Yanwei Chai) and East China Normal University (supervisor Dr Yue Shen) in China.
Tao, Y. (2023). Linking residential mobility with daily mobility: A three-wave cross-lagged panel analysis of travel mode choices and preferences pre-post residential relocation in the Netherlands. Urban Studies, 1-21.
Tao, Y., van Ham, M., Petrović, A., & Ta, N. (2023). A household perspective on the commuting paradox: Longitudinal relationships between commuting time and subjective wellbeing for couples in China. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 170, 103640.
Tao, Y., Petrović, A., van Ham, M., & Fu, X. (2023). Residential relocation as a key event in commuting mode shift. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 119, 103772.
Tao, Y., Petrović, A., & van Ham, M. (2022). Commuting behaviours and subjective wellbeing: A critical review of longitudinal research. Transport Reviews, 43(4): 599-621.
Tao, Y., Chai, Y., Zhang, X., Yang, J., & Kwan, M.-P. (2021). Mobility-based environmental justice: Understanding housing disparity in real-time exposure to air pollution and momentary psychological stress in Beijing, China. Social Science & Medicine, 287, 114372.