Dr Anna Bornioli

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  • Qualifications:PhD; MA; BSc
  • Position:Research Fellow - Public Health Research Group and Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 87281
  • Email:Anna.Bornioli@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a social scientist with a focus on healthy built and natural environments, healthy behaviours, sustainable mobility, and mental health. I am part of the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing.

I am currently conducting research on:

  • public health benefits of 20mph limits;
  • healthy and restorative built environments;
  • ageism and suicide risk among elderly populations;
  • body dissatisfaction and mental health in adolescence.

I have conducted research on the risk factors for unhealthy behaviours (smoking, drinking, and other addictive behaviours) in adolescence related to eating disorders, mental health, and body dissatisfaction, with the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing and the Centre for Appearance Research.

I have recently worked on the evaluation of the public health benefits of the 20mph speed limit introduction in Bristol with the Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group.

I am also a member of the Centre for Transport and Society (CTS - Faculty of Environment and Technology), conducting research on walking, wellbeing, and the built environment.

I am collaborating with international colleagues on the Favorite Urban Places Study, led by the University of Tampere. The study aims to analyse the restorative potential of outdoor and indoor favourite built settings.​

I completed my PhD in November 2017 in the Centre for Transport and Society. My PhD explored the influence of city centre environments on wellbeing outcomes from the pedestrian point of view with a mixed experimental-qualitative interviews approach.

Before then, I have obtained a BSc in Economics from the University of Cagliari, Italy, and a MA in Cultural Economics from the University of Bologna, Italy. I have also spent one year at City University London, UK, as exchange student in the Department of Economics.

I have extensive experience with quantitative and mixed-methods research. My quantitative research skills include longitudinal data analysis, multivariate analysis, experimental design, and survey design. 

I also have experience with in-depth interviews, photo-elicitation, focus groups, urban ethnography, and participatory map sketching.​

Area of expertise

  • Health and the built environment, including restorative environments research;
  • Human behaviours related to health and sustainability;
  • Walking behaviours;
  • Public health evaluations;
  • Urban policies for heritage interpretation and promotion;
  • Mixed methods research;
  • Quantitative research methods including multivariate statistics, longitudinal data analysis, experimental design, questionnaire design, online surveys;
  • Quantitative analysis software: SPSS, Stata, Amos, Excel;
  • Qualitative research methods including in-depth interviews, photo-elicitation, focus groups, urban ethnography, map sketching;
  • Qualitative analysis software: NVivo; MindMap.


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