Dr Leo Singer

Lecturer Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


Personal Statement

I have always been interested in how social order shapes human health, both at the individual and population level. Why some people suffer from more multiple chronic diseases, and earlier in their lives, than others? These disparities are not random but driven by synergies between the effects of social ordering, biology, environmental context and historical timing. My PhD at the Department of Geography and Planning (University of Liverpool) documented inequalities and social determinants of multimorbidity and functional limitations in the ageing population of England from a life course perspective.

In 2020 I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Economic and Social Research Council in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at University of Liverpool. This allowed me to pursue my interests in social determinants of multimorbidity but differently: grounding it to a community level while at the same time taking a broader, inter-disciplinary approach. I hope that integrating social science and biology can contribute to environmental justice by mapping out the key environmental mechanisms how social inequality becomes embodied in an affected place. I am thinking it through the prism of rhythmic practices: how do rhythms of industry, logistics and everyday life in an area affect each other and what it means for health in life course. In February 2022 I started working in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology as a Lecturer.