About Us

The ORiEL study is based at the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the Centre for Psychiatry at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) at the Charterhouse Square campus. The project management team also comprises researchers from the University of East London (UEL).

Study Leader:

Professor Steven Cummins, LSHTM

Professor Cummins is the Principal Investigator and ORiEL study leader. He also leads the Healthy Environments Research Programme at LSHTM which investigates how the urban environment matters for your health. You can follow him on twitter: @stevencjcummins

Research Team:

Professor Stephen Stansfeld, QMUL

Professor Stansfeld leads the Centre for Psychiatry at the Wolfson Institute for Preventive Medicine. His research interests include the effects of the physical and social environment on mental health.

Dr Charlotte Clark, QMUL

Dr Clark is a Reader in Environmental and Mental Health Epidemiology whose research examines noise effects on physical and mental health, as well as lifecourse predictors of common mental disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Dr Neil Smith, QMUL

Dr Smith is a postdoctoral research fellow and the ORiEL survey manager. He is a social epidemiologist interested in the social determinants of health operating across the life course. His research specialism explores the causes of health inequalities in ethnic minorities living in the UK.

Dr Daniel Lewis, LSHTM

Dr Lewis is a postdoctoral research fellow with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). His main interests are focussed on the role of cities and urban change in influencing people’s health and wellbeing.

Dr Claire Thompson, LSHTM

Dr Thompson is a postdoctoral research fellow skilled in qualitative research. She is undertaking a longitudinal ethnographic study of how changes in the social and environmental determinants of health are experienced and perceived by Newham residents.

Ms Amanda Fahy, QMUL

Ms Fahy is a PhD student and research assistant responsible for the organisation of the ORiEL fieldwork. Her PhD is investigating the links between cyberbullying and mental health in adolescents

Collaborating Investigators:

Professor Stephanie Taylor, Professor in Public Health and Primary Care, QMUL

Professor Sandra Eldridge, Professor of Biostatistics, QMUL

Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care, QMUL

Professor Mark Petticrew, Professor of Public Health Evaluation, LSHTM

Professor Adrian Renton, Professor of Health and Human Development, UEL

Professor Derek Moore, Professor of Developmental Psychology,UEL

External Partners:

We have contracted BMG Research to undertake data collection with adults in East London on our behalf. They are a highly experienced company with a strong reputation in both the public and private sector for providing effective data services work.


The ORiEL project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR is the funding body of the Department of Health, with the principal aim of creating a health research system that can further the advancement of the NHS by supporting world class research on health.


Please feel free to contact the project team at oriel@qmul.ac.uk