Welcome to the website for the Centre for HeAlth Research at the Management School (CHaRMS). We are an interdisciplinary research centre based at Queen’s Management School, Queen's University Belfast. The Centre aims to promote social, behavioural, and management science research into issues relating to health and other dimensions of human wellbeing. Learn more about our internal and external members, research streams, and publications. You can follow news from CHaRMS on this website or on twitter.
CHaRMS’s goal is to provide an evidence base for supporting policy development and management within the fields of health and human wellbeing.
We aim to foster collaboration across disciplines and schools within the university, and between the university and external organisations.
New job opportunities (2 research fellows)
We seek to recruit two highly-skilled Research Fellows to join the Northern Ireland Administrative Data Research Centre (NI-ADRC) team. As part of the team you will undertake a programme of work using linked datasets to understand a range of policy-relevant issues, potentially to include issues around work, welfare benefits, retirement and health, working closely with other team members including the Director of the NI-ADRC Dr Dermot O'Reilly, Professor Duncan McVicar and Dr Mark McGovern.
These posts are available until March 2021.
Application closing date
£37,345 per annum
Next CHaRMS Seminar:
All welcome, but you are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to register as places may be limited. Tea/coffee and lunch will be served, please advise if you are attending and have any dietary restrictions. The abstract is below.
Many low- and middle-income countries are experiencing high and increasing ambient fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5). The effect of PM2.5 on mortality is usually modelled using concentration response curves extrapolated from studies conducted in settings with low ambient air pollution. We directly estimate the association between child mortality and exposure to PM2.5, both overall and by PM2.5 source. We pool data of over 500 000 children from 69 nationally representative Demographic and Health Surveys that were conducted in 43 low- and middle-income countries between 1998 and 2014, and we calculate in-utero exposure to ambient PM2.5 using high resolution satellite data that is matched to the child’s place of residence. We estimate the association between early childhood PM2.5 exposure and the odds of child mortality, adjusting for child level, parent-level, and household-level characteristics. We find that exposure in utero an the first month of life to overall PM2.5 above 12.3 µg/m³ is associated with a higher odds of child mortality, particularly neonatal mortality. Exposure to dust and sea-salt has little effect, while exposure to other (mainly anthropogenic, carbonaceous) particulates is associated with increased odds of neonatal mortality even at levels as low as 3.4 µg/m, with exposure above the median level raising the odds of neonatal mortality by over one third. While our results are consistent with the current World Health Organization guideline of limiting the overall ambient PM2.5 level at less than 10 µg/m³, they suggest the need for a much lower limit for harmful, carbonaceous PM2.5.
CHaRMS Working Paper 18/05:
M. McGovern, S. Rokicki "The Great Recession, Household Income, and Children's Test Scores"
CHaRMS Working Paper 18/04:
M. McGovern, "How Much Does Birth Weight Matter for Child Health in Developing Countries?"
The CHaRMS Annual Workshop took place on June 22nd 2018. Slides are below.
Session 1: Employee Wellbeing
Paddy Smith (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development): “Health and wellbeing at work”
Lisa Wilson (Nevin Economic Research Institute): “Job security and wellbeing”
Owen Reidy (Irish Congress of Trade Unions): “Better work, better lives”
Mark Simpson (Ulster University) “Welfare and wellbeing in the 21st century social security system”
Session 2: Population Studies
Gaia Narciso (Trinity College Dublin): “The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution”
Chris Colvin (Queen’s University Belfast): “Scarring and Selection in the Great Irish Famine”
Session 3: Health and Wellbeing
Olinda Santin (Queen's University Belfast): "'Cancer Care and Coping: An Online Resource"
Liam McCorry (HealthyKidz)
Keynote: Professor Liam Delaney, AIB Chair of Behavioural Economics (University College Dublin)
"Self-Control, Health, & Public Policy"
Details of the CHaRMS launch, including slides and photos, are available here.
M. Flückiger, M. Ludwig, A. Sina Önder. Forthcoming. Ebola and
State Legitimacy. The Economic Journal.
A. de Bromhead, A. Fernihough, M. Lampe, K. O’Rourke. Forthcoming. "When Britain Turned Inward: The Impact of Interwar British Protection" American Economic Review
D. French, D.McKillop, T. Sharma. Forthcoming. What determines UK housing equity withdrawal in later life ? Regional Science and Urban Economics.
B. Graham. 2018. Population Characteristics and Geographic Coverage of Primary Care Facilities. BMC Health Services Research, 18, 1.
M. Blum and K.P. Krauss. 2018. “Age Heaping and Numeracy: Looking Behind the Curtain”. Economic History Review, 71(2), 464-479
Moutinho Barbosa de Melo, S. 2018. The role of place on healthcare quality improvement: A qualitative case study of a teaching hospital. Social Science & Medicine, 202, 136-142.
G. Marra, R. Radice, T. Bärnighausen, S. Wood & M. McGovern. "A Simultaneous Equation Approach to Estimating HIV Prevalence with Non-Ignorable Missing Responses" Journal of the American Statistical Association, 518(12) 484-496
E. McFerran, J. O'Mahony, R. Fallis, D. McVicar, A. Zauber, F. Kee, “Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Personalized Surveillance After Colorectal Adenomatous Polypectomy”, Epidemiologic Reviews 39(1), 148-160