Biography

My primary research focus is on the environmental influences on population health. My core work explores the manner by which characteristics of the social and physical environments act to influence the health of the population. Previous work I have led in this field includes research on the environmental determinants of accidental injuries, and various projects examining the relationship between access to health services amongst rural populations and health outcomes.

I moved to the Norwich Medical School in Autumn 2012, having previously been based in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA.
 

Academic Background

1992 School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia: BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences (1st class).

1996 School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia: PhD entitled Health Service Accessibility and Health Outcomes.

All Publications

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Crawford, S. M., Skinner, J., Coombes, E., Jones, A. P.

(2017)

Cancer of unknown primary: a cancer registry study of factors affecting access to diagnosis,

in Clinical Oncology

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pp. e39–e46

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Wu, Y., Prina, A. M., Jones, A., Matthews, F. E., Brayne, C.

(2017)

The built environment and cognitive disorders: Results from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study II,

in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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pp. 25–32

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Atkins, C., Baxter, M., Jones, A., Wilson, A.

(2017)

Measuring sedentary behaviours in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis using wrist-worn accelerometers,

in The Clinical Respiratory Journal

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Carter, P., Bodicoat, D. H., Jones, A., Khunti, K., Davies, M. J., Edwardson, C. L., Henson, J., Yates, T., Coombes, E.

(2017)

The impact of neighbourhood walkability on the effectiveness of a structured education programme to increase objectively measured walking,

in Journal of Public Health

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Smith, T. O., McKenna, M. C., Salter, C., Hardeman, W., Richardson, K., Hillsdon, M., Hughes, C. A., Steel, N., Jones, A. P.

(2017)

A systematic review of the physical activity assessment tools used in primary care,

in Family Practice

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pp. 384-391

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Smith, T. O., Withers, T. M., Luben, R., Sackley, C., Jones, A. P., MacGregor, A. J.

(2017)

Changes in physical activity following total hip or knee arthroplasty: a matched case-control study from the EPIC-Norfolk cohort,

in Clinical Rehabilitation

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Burns, D. K., Jones, A. P., Goryakin, Y., Suhrcke, M.

(2017)

Is foreign direct investment good for health in low and middle income countries? An instrumental variable approach,

in Social Science and Medicine

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pp. 74–82

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Foley, L., Prins, R., Crawford, F., Humphreys, D., Mitchell, R., Sahlqvist, S., Thomson, H., Ogilvie, D.

(2017)

Effects of living near an urban motorway on the wellbeing of local residents in deprived areas: Natural experimental study,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e0174882

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Harrison, F., Atkin, A. J., van Sluijs, E. M., Jones, A. P.

(2017)

Seasonality in swimming and cycling: Exploring a limitation of accelerometer based studies,

in Preventive Medicine Reports

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pp. 16-19

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O'Donovan, G., Chudasama, Y., Grocock, S., Leigh, R., Dalton, A. M., Gray, L. J., Yates, T., Edwardson, C., Hill, S., Henson, J., Webb, D., Khunti, K., Davies, M. J., Jones, A. P., Bodicoat, D. H., Wells, A.

(2017)

The association between air pollution and type 2 diabetes in a large cross-sectional study in Leicester: The CHAMPIONS Study,

in Environment International

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pp. 41-47

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Fecht, D., Jones, A., Hill, T., Lindfield, T., Thomson, R., Hansell, A., Shukla, R.

(2017)

Inequalities in rural communities: adapting national deprivation indices for rural settings,

in Journal of Public Health

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Wu, Y., Luben, R., Wareham, N., Griffin, S., Jones, A. P.

(2017)

Weather, day length and physical activity in older adults: Cross-sectional results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Norfolk Cohort,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e0177767

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Winpenny, E. M., Corder, K. L., Jones, A., Ambrosini, G. L., White, M., van Sluijs, E. M.

(2017)

Changes in diet from age 10 to 14 years and prospective associations with school lunch choice,

in Appetite

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pp. 259–267

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Wu, Y., Prina, A. M., Jones, A., Barnes, L. E., Matthews, F. E., Brayne, C.

(2017)

Micro-scale environment and mental health in later life: results from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study II (CFAS II),

in Journal of Affective Disorders

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pp. 359–364

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Wu, Y., Luben, R., Jones, A.

(2017)

Dog ownership supports the maintenance of physical activity during poor weather in older English adults: cross-sectional results from the EPIC Norfolk cohort,

in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

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pp. 905-911

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Harrison, F., Goodman, A., van Sluijs, E. M. F., Andersen, L. B., Cardon, G., Davey, R., Janz, K. F., Kriemler, S., Molloy, L., Page, A. S., Pate, R., Puder, J. J., Sardinha, L. B., Timperio, A., Wedderkopp, N., Jones, A. P.

(2017)

Weather and children’s physical activity; how and why do relationships vary between countries?,

in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

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article no. 74

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Murage, P., Murchie, P., Bachmann, M., Crawford, M., Jones, A.

(2017)

Impact of travel time and rurality on presentation and outcomes of symptomatic colorectal cancer: a cross-sectional cohort study in primary care,

in British Journal of General Practice

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pp. e460-e466

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Hanson, S., Jones, A.

(2017)

Missed opportunities in the evaluation of public health interventions: a case study of physical activity programmes,

in BMC Public Health

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article no. 674

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Brainard, J. S., Ford, J. A., Steel, N., Jones, A. P.

(2016)

A systematic review of health service interventions to reduce use of unplanned health care in rural areas,

in Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

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pp. 145-155

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Wu, Y., Prina, A. M., Jones, A., Barnes, L. E., Matthews, F. E., Brayne, C.

(2016)

Land use mix and five-year mortality in later life: results from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study,

in Health and Place

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Key Research Interests

My current core research programme focuses on the environmental determinants of physical activity and obesity, although I also hold wider interests in the integration of environmental measures to better understand health outcomes and their related behaviours. I have recently worked with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Natural England on the role of urban green spaces in determining activity levels. I am also a lead scientist in the Centre for Diet and Physical Activity Behaviours (CEDAR) (www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk) a national centre of excellence funded by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. The Centre is driven by the overall goal of developing effective public health interventions for changing population-level dietary and physical activity behaviours. In 2008 I lead authored a key British Government Foresight report on Obesogenic Environments, and was a member of the expert panel that produced guidelines on the environment and physical activity published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). I recently sat on the NICE expert panel looking at the role of community approaches for obesity prevention, which published Autumn 2012.

Selected recent publications include:

Dejardin, O., Rachet, B., Morris, E., Bouvier, V., Jooste, V., Haynes, R., Coombes, E.G., Forman, D., Jones, A.P., Bouvier, A.M., Launoy, G. (2013). Management of colorectal cancer explains differences in one-year relative survival between France and England for patients diagnosed 1997-2004. British Journal of Cancer, Advanced online, doi:0.1038/bjc.2013.33

Coombes, E., van Sluijs, E., Jones, A. P. (2013) Is environmental setting associated with the intensity and duration of children’s physical activity? Findings from the SPEEDY GPS study. Health and Place, Vo. 20, pp. 62-65. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.11.008

Vissers, P., Jones, A. P., Jennings, A., van Sluijs, E.M.F., Cassidy, A., Griffin, S. (2013) The association between diet and physical activity and sedentary behaviours in 9-10 year old British children. Public Health, corrected proof. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2012.12.006

Mantjes, J.A., Jones, A.P., Corder, K.L., Jones, N.R., Harrison, F., Griffin, S.J., van Sluijs, E.M.F. (2013). School related factors and 1yr change in physical activity amongst 9-11 year old English schoolchildren. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Vol. 9, art 153. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-9-153.

Smith, L., Sahlqvist, S., Ogilvie, D., Jones, A. P., Corder, K., Griffin, S. J., van Sluijs, E. (2012). Is a change in mode of travel to school associated with a change in overall physical activity levels in children? Longitudinal results from the SPEEDY study. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity,Vol. 9, art 134, doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-9-134.

McMinn A.M., Griffin, S. J., Jones, A. P., van Sluijs, E. M. F. (2012). Family and home influences on children’s after-school and weekend physical activity. European Journal of Public Health, advance access. doi:10.1093/eurpub/cks160

Goodwin, D.M., Cummins, S., Sautkina, E., Ogilvie, D., Petticrew, M., Jones, A.P., Wheeler, K., White, M. (2012). The role and status of evidence and innovation in the healthy towns programme in England: a qualitative stakeholder interview study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, online first. doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201481

Lachowycz, K., Jones, A. P., Page, A. S., Wheeler, B. W., Coopers, A. R. (2012). What can global positioning systems tell us about the contribution of different types of urban greenspace to children’s physical activity? Health and Place, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 586-594.

Harrison, F., Jones, A. P. (2012). A framework for understanding school based physical activity influences on childhood obesity. Health and Place, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 639-648

Crawford, S. M., Sauerzapf, V. A, Haynes, R. M., Jones, A. P. (2012). Social and geographical factors affecting access to treatment of colorectal cancer: a cancer registry study. BMJ Open, Vol. 2, e000410. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000410.

Yasumoto, S., Jones, A. P., Yano, K., Nakaya, T. (2012). Virtual city models for assessing environmental equity of access to sunlight: A case study of Kyoto, Japan. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Vol 26, No. 1, pp. 1-13. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2011.570268

Jones, A. P., Haynes, R. M., Harvey, I. M., Jewell, T. (2012). Road traffic crashes and the protective effect of road curvature over small areas.

Teaching Interests

I specialise in the teaching of methodologies and have taught units on statistical methods, environmental epidemiology, and the use of geographical information systems.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Member of the association for the study of obesity and the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.
  • Member of the NICE Programme Development Group for Community Approaches to Tacking Obesity.
  • Member of the CEDAR management board.

Key Responsibilities

Before moving to the Norwich Medical School I was Head of Sector in the School of Environmental Sciences