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Elisabeth Garratt

Research Fellow, CSI

Research Interests: Mental health in adults and children, poverty and food poverty, homelessness.

Elisabeth Garratt joined the Centre for Social Investigation in September 2015 following a PhD in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester. She previously worked at the Department for Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford University, undertaking government projects relating to deprivation and worklessness, including the English Indices of Deprivation. Her research interests are in quantitative methods, mental health in adults and children, health inequalities, poverty, food poverty and homelessness. Her research on UK food poverty has received widespread press coverage, been cited in government debates and was also made into an impact film.

Elisabeth Garratt


(with Purdam, K.), 'Food Insecurity amongst older people in the UK', British Food Journal, 121(3): 658-674. doi: 10.1108/BFJ-05-2018-0301, 2019.

(with Purdam, K.), 'Researching UK Food Insecurity and Foodbank Use Using a Mixed Methods Approach', SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781526437815, 2018

'Please sir, I want some more: An exploration of repeat foodbank use', BMC Public Health, 17(1). doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4847-x, 2017.

 (with Chandola, T., Purdam, K. and Wood, A.M.), 'Income and Social Rank Influence UK Children's Behavioral Problems: A Longitudinal Analysis', Child Development, 88(4): 1302-1320. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12649, 2016.

(with Spencer, A. & Ogden, C.), #stillhungry: Who is hungry, for how long, and why?,  The Trussell Trust, Chester 2016.

(with Chandola, T., Purdam, K. and Wood, A.M.), 'The interactive role of income (material position) and income rank (psychosocial position) in psychological distress: A 9-year longitudinal study of 30,000 UK parents', Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(10): 1361-1372, doi: 10.1007/s00127-016-1255-y, 2017.

(with Richards, L., Heath, A.F., Anderson, L., and AltintaƟ, E.), The childhood origins of social mobility: socio-economic inequalities and changing opportunities, Social Mobility Commission, London, 2016.

(with Purdam, K., and Esmail, A.)  'Hungry? Food Insecurity, Social Stigma and Embarrassment in the UK', Sociology, 50(6): 1072-1088, doi: 10.1177/0038038515594092, 2016.