Career History

Background and experience

Emma initially studied for a BSc in Geography at the University of Aberdeen before moving to the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia where she undertook a MSc by Research and then a PhD examining the effects of climate change on coastal tourism and biodiversity. After completing her thesis, she transitioned into the field of population health, initially working on the Medical Research Council (MRC) funded SPEEDY GPS study. Undertaken amongst a sample of schoolchildren in Norfolk UK, SPEEDY GPS was one of the first studies to employ a novel technology, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), to understand the role of the environment in determining physical activity levels. It is through this work that Emma developed her interest in understanding the environmental influences on health and related behaviours.
 
Current work and interests

Emma is currently a Senior Research Associate in the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia. Her work focuses on environmental and social influences on physical activity behaviours, and she is particularly interested in the applications of GPS technology.

Emma has undertaken GPS-based physical activity research in both children (SPEEDY GPS study) and adults (the Wellcome Trust funded FAST study). She is currently employed on the PEAR project, which is focusing on adolescents. PEAR, a collaboration with researchers at the University of Bristol, is funded by the MRC and is examining how features of the physical environment relate to the time that UK 13-15 year olds spend engaged in physical activity. Adolescents’ physical activity patterns are being measured using GPS and accelerometery, and these data are being integrated with a Geographical Information System (GIS) database to identify the environmental characteristics that may be supportive of activity levels.

In terms of her wider interest in environmental influences on population health, Emma has recently worked on projects investigating the associations between access to urban green space and physical activity and weight status, plus the role of access in determining attendance at rehabilitation sessions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. She has also recently completed a collaboration with researchers at the French Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) on the influence of health service provision on differences in the management and survival of cancer patients between the UK and France.

Professional memberships

  • International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Association for the Study of Obesity
  • Global Positioning Systems in Health Research Network

 

Academic Background

  • PhD Environmental Science, University of East Anglia
  • MSc by Research Environmental Science, University of East Anglia
  • BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Aberdeen




 

All Publications

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Erskine, S., Hopkins, C., Clark, A., Anari, S., Kumar, N., Robertson, A., Sunkaraneni, V., Wilson, J. A., Carrie, S., Kara, N., Ray, J., Smith, R., Philpott, C.

(2017)

SNOT-22 in a Control Population,

in Clinical Otolaryngology

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pp. 81–85

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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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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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Bateman, I., Agarwala, M., Binner, A., Coombes, E., Day, B., Ferrini, S., Fezzi, C., Hutchins, M., Lovett, A., Posen, P.

(2016)

Spatially explicit integrated modeling and economic valuation of climate driven land use change and its indirect effects,

in Journal of Environmental Management

181

pp. 172-184

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Fleetcroft, R., Noble, M., Martin, A., Coombes, E., Ford, J., Steel, N.

(2016)

Emergency hospital admissions for asthma and access to primary care: cross-sectional analysis,

in British Journal of General Practice

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pp. e640-e646

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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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Philpott, C., Erskine, S., Hopkins, C., Coombes, E., Kara, N., Sunkaraneni, V., Anari, S., Salam, M., Farboud, A., Clark, A.

(2016)

A case-control study of medical, psychological and socio-economic factors influencing the severity of chronic rhinosinusitis,

in Rhinology

54

(2)

pp. 134-140

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Hillsdon, M., Coombes, E., Griew, P., Jones, A.

(2015)

An assessment of the relevance of the home neighbourhood for understanding environmental influences on physical activity: How far from home do people roam?,

in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

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article no. 100

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Bateman, I., Coombes, E., Fitzherbert, E., Binner, A., Badura, T., Carbone, C., Fisher, B., Naidoo, R., Watkinson, A.

(2015)

Conserving tropical biodiversity via market forces and spatial targeting,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

112

(24)

pp. 7408-7413

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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

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(2)

pp. 243–244

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Dejardin, O., Jones, A., Rachet, B., Morris, E., Bouvier, V., Jooste, V., Coombes, E., Forman, D., Bouvier, A., Launoy, G.

(2014)

The influence of geographical access to health care and material deprivation on colorectal cancer survival: Evidence from France and England,

in Health and Place

30

pp. 36-44

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Coombes, E., Jones, A., Page, A., Cooper, A. R.

(2014)

Is change in environmental supportiveness between primary and secondary school associated with a decline in children׳s physical activity levels?,

in Health and Place

29

pp. 171-178

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Ratnarajan, G., Somner, J., Coombes, E., Jones, A., Bourne, R.

(2014)

Awareness of sight testing entitlements in patients referred for suspected glaucoma,

in Eye

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pp. 504-505

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Hayton, C., Clark, A., Olive, S., Browne, P., Galey, P., Knights, E., Staunton, L., Jones, A., Coombes, E., Wilson, A. M.

(2013)

Barriers to pulmonary rehabilitation: Characteristics that predict patient attendance and adherence,

in Respiratory Medicine

107

(3)

pp. 401-407

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Coombes, E., van Sluijs, E., Jones, A.

(2013)

Is environmental setting associated with the intensity and duration of children's physical activity?: Findings from the SPEEDY GPS study,

in Health & Place

20

pp. 62-65

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Dejardin, O., Rachet, B., Morris, E., Bouvier, V., Jooste, V., Haynes, R., Coombes, E., Forman, D., Jones, A., Bouvier, A. M., Launoy, G.

(2013)

Management of Colorectal Cancer Explains Differences in 1-year Relative Survival Between France and England for Patients Diagnosed 1997–2004.,

in British Journal of Cancer

108

(4)

pp. 775-783

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Griew, P., Hillsdon, M., Foster, C., Coombes, E., Jones, A., Wilkinson, P.

(2013)

Developing and testing a street audit tool using Google Street View to measure environmental supportiveness for physical activity,

in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

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pp. 103

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Bateman, I., Binner, A., Coombes, E., Day, B., Ferrini, S., Fezzi, C., Hutchins (NERC), M., Posen, P.

(2012)

Integrated and spatially explicit modelling of the economic value of complex environmental change and its indirect effects,

in Working Paper - Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment

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Bateman, I., Abson, D., Beaumont, N., Darnell, A., Fezzi, C., Hanley, N., Kontoleon, A., Maddison, D., Morling, P., Morris, J., Mourato, S., Pascual, U., Perino, G., Sen, A., Tinch, D., Turner, R., Valatin, G., Andrews, B., Asara, V., Askew, T., Aslam, U., Atkinson, G., Beharry-Borg, N., Bolt, K., Cole, M., Collins, M., Comerford, E., Coombes, E., Dugdale, S., Dunn, H., Foden, J., Gibbons, S., Haines-Young, R., Hattam, C., Hulme, M., Ishwaran, M., Lovett, A., Luisetti, T., MacKerron, G., Mangi, S., Moran, D., Munday, P., Paterson, J., Resende, G., Siriwardena, G., Skea, J., van Soest, D., Termansen, M.

(2011)

Economic Values from Ecosystems,

in The UK National Ecosystem Assessment Technical Report.

UNEP-WCMC

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Coombes, E., Jones, A.

(2010)

Assessing the impact of climate change on visitor behaviour and habitat use at the coast: A UK case study,

in Global Environmental Change

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pp. 303-313

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