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Dr Wei Xun
UCL Research Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 020 7592 8670
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  • Honorary Research Fellow
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Wei Xun has a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in Epidemiology and Public Health from Imperial College. She is currently a third-year part-time Ph.D. student in the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Before her Ph.D., she worked in cancer drug discovery, and environmental epidemiology investigating traffic pollution and cancer mortality in European countries.

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Research Summary

There is empirical evidence that suggests differential participation in the labour force can influence health.  In the UK, there has been a trend of rising youth unemployment levels since the 1970’s, and substantial increases were observed between 2008 and 2013 due to the last recession. Recent policy concern has shifted from youth unemployment to the “NEET”: a young person (16-24 years) “Not in Employment, Education or Training”. There is little research however on what happens to the NEET later on in the life course, either economically or health-wise.

Using nationally representative historical data from the ONS Longitudinal Study derived from the UK census, my project aims to investigate the exposure of NEET status and its socio-economic and health consequences using a life-course approach. The health outcomes are limiting long-term illness and mortality. The cross-sectional predictors of NEET status are also examined in two cohorts of young people born 20 years apart.

01-JAN-2008 – 30-NOV-2012 Research Assistant in Environmental Epidemiology Epidemiology and Public Health Imperial College, United Kingdom
01-APR-2002 – 31-AUG-2006 Pharmacologist Molecular Pharmacology James Black Foundation, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007   Master of Public Health Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2001   Bachelor of Science University of Liverpool
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