- Dr Valeria Skafida
- Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
- Chrystal Macmillan Building Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- 0131 651 3215
PhD (2011) Social Policy, University of Edinburgh
MSc by Research with distinction (2007), University of Edinburgh
MA (Joint Honours) Social Policy & Social Anthropology (2006), University of Edinburgh
Course organiser and key lecturer: Mathematics for Social Science (UG), Digesting Food Policy (UG).
I contribute guest lectures to: Evidence Policy and Politics; Social Life of Food.
I have previously been course-organiser for Social Inequality and Social Protection; Social Inequality and the Life Course (UG); and Programme Director for the MSc in Policy Studies and the MSc in Comparative Public Policy.
PhD Student Supervision
Zain Kurdi, PhD candidate in Social Policy - Thesis topic: Critical Transitions & Children’s Food Trajectories: Understanding how eating habits change from infancy to the teenage years and the role of key changes in children’s lives.
Fei Wang, PhD candidate in Social Policy - Thesis topic: Income inequality in old age in China - a study using longitudinal survey data.
Andrea Fuentes, PhD candidate in Centre for Population Health Sciences - Thesis topic: Assessing the relationship between local food environments and obesity in the Scottish population
Rhodri Leng, PhD candidate in Science & Technology Studies - Thesis topic: Vicissitudes of Controversy: A metaknowledge study of the diet – heart saga. (*completed*)
Esthir Tzivelopoulou, PhD candidate in Social Policy - Thesis topic: A comparative study of the development and implementation of English and Scottish educational policies for gifted and talented pupils. (*completed*)
- Skafida V & Chambers S (2017) Positive association between sugar consumption and dental decay prevalence independent of oral hygiene in pre-school children: a longitudinal prospective study. Journal of Public Health DOI Link
- Skafida V (2014) Change in breastfeeding patterns in Scotland between 2004 and 2011 and the role of health policy. European Journal of Public Health DOI Link
- Skafida V, Treanor, MC (2014) Do changes in objective and subjective family income predict change in children's diets over time? Unique insights using a longitudinal cohort study and fixed effects analysis. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. DOI Link
- Skafida V (2013) The family meal panacea: exploring how different aspects of family meal occurrence, meal habits and meal enjoyment relate to young children's diets. Sociology of Health & Illness DOI Link
- Skafida V, Silver K E, Rechel BP, Gilmore AB (2012) Change in tobacco excise policy in Bulgaria: the role of tobacco industry lobbying and smuggling. Tobacco Control DOI Link
- Skafida V (2011) Juggling work and motherhood: The impact of employment and maternity leave on breastfeeding duration - a survival analysis on Growing Up in Scotland Data. Maternal and Child Health Journal 16(12):519-527 DOI Link
- Skafida V (2009) The relative importance of social class and maternal education for breast-feeding initiation. Public Health Nutrition, 12(12):2285-2292 DOI Link
- Skafida V (2014) 'Changes in Scottish infant feeding policy and breastfeeding habits between 2004 and 2011' Research Briefing 71, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. [link]
- Skafida V (2012) 'Construing or misconstruing families in research and the media' in Jamieson L, Simpson R, Lewis R (eds) Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
- Skafida V (2012) ‘Is there something special about family meals? Exploring how family meal habits relate to young children’s diets', Research Briefing 62, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. [link]
- Skafida V (2011), ‘Construing or misconstruing families in research and the media’ in Jamieson, L., Simpson, R., Lewis, R. (eds.) Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.(p172-174). [link]
- Skafida V (2010), ‘Wise advice: Exploring how parental use of formal and informal healthy eating advice affects children’s diets’ (conference abstract) European Journal of Public Health 20(Supplement 1):45
- Marryat L, Skafida V & Webster C (2009), 'Growing Up in Scotland: Sweep 3 Food and Activity Report', ScotCen for the Scottish Government: Children, Young People & Social Care
- Skafida V (2008), 'Breastfeeding in Scotland: the impact of advice for mothers', Research Briefing 36, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. [link]
Nuffield Foundation.V Skafida(PI), F Morrison, J Devaney. Project title: Children living with domestic violence – understanding the effects on children’s wellbeing using longitudinal data.(Oct 2019 - Sep 2022. Project page: growingupwithdomesticabuse.sps.ed.ac.uk
European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Prof M Belot(PI), J James, V Skafida(Co-I) Project title: “Nudge-it”: The Neurobiology of Decision-Making in Eating - Innovative Tools Work Package 7: ‘Behavioural economics and dietary choices’ (Jan 2014 - Dec 2018)
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. V Skafida(PI) Project title: An appetite for life? Changing food habits and health from infancy to childhood in the context of family life in Scotland (Jan 2012 - Dec 2014)
British Academy Early Career Regional Event Call. Dr. AH Schakel (Co-PI), Dr. V Skafida(Co-PI), Dr W Swenden Project title:What will happen after the Scottish referendum on independence? (Jun 2014)
Other professional activities
Member of the British Academy’s Research and Higher Education Policy Committee
I was Edinburgh Q-Step Centre Deputy Director and Acting Director between Aug 2017 and Aug 2019 http://www.q-step.ed.ac.uk/
I have been elected member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland: http://www.youngacademyofscotland.org.uk/members/s/valeria-skafida.html