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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

Work and Health

How work and health outcomes are intimately interlinked, and what interventions can improve health outcomes.

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This theme will improve understanding of work as a cause of ill-health, but also other work impacts on health and health impacts on work. It will consider how occupational health evidence and data collection may be modernised, and links occupational research to wider studies in other areas. Priorities will be mental health (understanding causes, prevention, impacts and management of workforce stress), musculoskeletal and respiratory diseases induced by exposure in the workplace, but research on other health areas will be undertaken as opportunities arise to exploit synergies with other areas.

It links with The University of Manchester's expertise in occupational psychology, occupational health, epidemiology and health records; and with HSE’s science programme on Health and Future Evidence.

Theme leads:

  • Anne Clayson, The University of Manchester
  • David Fishwick, HSE

Theme membership

  • Alex Casson
  • Alice Davis (IOM)
  • Angelique Hartwig
  • Anna Coleman
  • Anne Clayson
  • Arpana Verma
  • Cath Lewis UoM
  • Chris Armitage
  • Damien Mcelvenny
  • David Fishwick
  • Donna Davoren (LSHTM)
  • Elizabeth Brickley (LSHTM)
  • Ioannis Basinas
  • Ireny Iskandar
  • Jingsi Xu
  • Karin van Veldhoven (LSHTM)
  • Katie Stocking
  • Laura Byrne
  • Lucy Pembrey (LSHTM)
  • Mark Cherrie (IOM)
  • Martie Van Tongeren
  • Matt Gittins
  • Melanie Carder
  • Mick Hanratty
  • Miranda Loh (IOM)
  • Neil Pearce (LSHTM)
  • Nicola Gartland
  • Paniz Hosseini (LSHTM)
  • Rebecca Canham (IOM)
  • Sarah Lindley
  • Sarah Rhodes
  • Sheena Johnson
  • Tony Fletcher (LSHTM)
  • Will Mueller (IOM)


  • Environment and Transmission (PROTECT) – Understanding and mitigating transmission of the disease in workplace, transport and public place.
  • COVID19 and Gig workers: unsung heroes and a strategic role in the UK national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded through the UKRI Rapid Response Call
  • Delivering The Health and Occupation Research Network (THOR)
  • Bio-electronic monitoring of light exposure and circadian rhythms - Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund [W-ISSF] Cross-Faculty Consolidator call led by Centre for Biological Timing (Rob Lucas with Sheena Johnson and Martie van Tongeren) 
  • Successfully delivered the following Health Research Framework project for HSE in 3 months; Developing an exposure intelligence system, Systematic review of respiratory health surveillance, Mining of polyhalite, dust - exposure, control and respiratory health

In development

  • NIHR Policy Research Policy Research Programme Call on Working Age Health – Possible long COVID19 focus submitting to Round 2 in June 2021