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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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

22.

pp. 145-155

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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

38.

pp. 54-60

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Burns, D., Jones, A., Suhrcke, M.

(2016)

The relationship between international trade and non-nutritional health outcomes: A systematic review of quantitative studies

in Social Science and Medicine

152.

pp. 9-17

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Howard Wilsher, S., Harrison, F., Yamoah, F., Fearne, A., Jones, A.

(2016)

The relationship between unhealthy food sales, socio-economic deprivation and childhood weight status: results of a cross-sectional study in England

in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

13.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Harrison, F., van Sluijs, E., Corder, K., Jones, A.

(2016)

School grounds and physical activity: Associations at secondary schools, and over the transition from primary to secondary schools

in Health & Place

39.

pp. 34-42

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Hanson, S., Guell, C., Jones, A.

(2016)

Walking groups in socioeconomically deprived communities: A qualitative study using photo elicitation

in Health & Place

39.

pp. 26–33

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(Article)


Coombes, E., Jones, A.

(2016)

Gamification of active travel to school: a pilot evaluation of the Beat the Street physical activity intervention

in Health and Place

39.

pp. 62-69

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(Article)


Cetateanu, A., Luca, B. A., Popescu, A. A., Page, A., Cooper, A., Jones, A.

(2016)

A novel methodology for identifying environmental exposures using GPS data

in International Journal of Geographical Information Science

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pp. 1944-1960

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Hanson, S., Jones, A.

(2016)

A report on the Department of Health ‘Walking Cities’ initiative in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds and Bradford, Norwich and Manchester

University of East Anglia

(Other report)


Cetateanu, A., Jones, A.

(2016)

How can GPS technology help us better understand exposure to the food environment? A systematic review

in SSM - Population Health

2.

pp. 196-205

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Morton, K. L., Corder, K., Suhrcke, M., Harrison, F., Jones, A. P., Van Sluijs, E. M. F., Atkin, A. J.

(2016)

School polices, programmes and facilities, and objectively measured sedentary time, LPA and MVPA: associations in secondary school and over the transition from primary to secondary school

in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

13.

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(Article)


Ford, J., Wong, G., Jones, A., Steel, N.

(2016)

Access to primary care for socio-economically disadvantaged older people in rural areas: A realist review

in BMJ Open

6.

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(Article)


Rind, E., Jones, A.

(2015)

“I used to be as fit as a linnet” – Beliefs, attitudes, and environmental supportiveness for physical activity in former mining areas in the North-East of England

in Social Science and Medicine

126.

pp. 110-118

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Chillón, P., Panter, J., Corder, K., Jones, A., Van Sluijs, E.

(2015)

A longitudinal study of the distance that young people walk to school

in Health and Place

31.

pp. 133-137

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Ratnarajan, G., Coombes, E., Jones, A., Parker, M., Bourne, R.

(2015)

The Equity Profile of an Enhanced Optometry scheme

in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics

35.

pp. 243–244

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Hanson, S., Jones, A.

(2015)

Is there evidence that walking groups have health benefits? A systematic review and meta-analysis

in British Journal of Sports Medicine

49.

pp. 710-715

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Heinen, E., Panter, J., Dalton, A., Jones, A., Ogilvie, D.

(2015)

Sociospatial patterning of the use of new transport infrastructure: Walking, cycling and bus travel on the Cambridgeshire guided busway

in Journal of Transport and Health

2.

pp. 199–211

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Harrison, F., Van Sluijs, E. M. F., Corder, K., Ekelund, U., Jones, A.

(2015)

The changing relationship between rainfall and children’s physical activity in spring and summer: a longitudinal study

in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

12.

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Burgoine, T., Jones, A. P., Namenek Brouwer, R. J., Benjamin Neelon, S. E.

(2015)

Associations between BMI and home, school and route environmental exposures estimated using GPS and GIS: do we see evidence of selective daily mobility bias in children?

in International Journal of Health Geographics

14.

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

(2015)

Older people, the natural environment and common mental disorders: cross-sectional results from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study

in BMJ Open

5.

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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.

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