Professor Aaron Reeves

Professor Aaron Reeves

Visiting Professor

International Inequalities Institute

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Key Expertise
Public Health, Culture, Political Economy

About me

Aaron is a sociologist with interests in public health, culture, and political economy. His research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of social and economic inequality across countries. He joined DSPI in March 2018. Since 2016 Aaron has been an Associate Professorial Research Fellow in Poverty and Inequality at LSE's International Inequalities Institute. Prior to that he was Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Oxford, where he was also a research fellow at Nuffield College. He has also worked briefly at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD in Applied Social & Economic Research with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex in 2013.

Read Aaron Reeves, Ruth Patrick and Kitty Stewart's new blog article COVID-19 and low-income families: The government must lift the benefit cap and remove the two-child limit.


S Friedman and A Reeves, From Aristocratic to Ordinary: Shifting Modes of Elite DistinctionAmerican Sociological Review, 2020, 85(2) 323–350

Loopstra R, Reeves A, Tarasuk V, The rise of hunger among low-income households: an analysis of the risks of food insecurity between 2004 and 2016 in a population-based study of UK adults. J Epidemiol Community Health; 2019, 73:668-673

McArthur, D and Reeves, A, The Rhetoric of Recessions: How British Newspapers Talk about the Poor When Unemployment Rises, 1896–2000. 2019: 53:6 1005-1025

A Reeves, Uncertainties in addressing the ‘health gap', International Journal of Epidemiology 46 (4) 2017, 1324-1328 

CL Niedzwiedz, SV Katikireddi, A Reeves, M McKee, D Stuckler, Economic insecurity during the Great Recession and metabolic, inflammatory and liver function biomarkers: analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study, Journal Epidemiology and Community Health (71) 2017, 1005-1013 

A Reeves, Does sanctioning disabled claimants of unemployment insurance increase labour market inactivity? An analysis of 346 British local authorities between 2009 and 2014, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 25 (2) 2017, 129-146

A Clair, A Reeves, M McKee, D Stuckler, Constructing a Housing Precariousness Measure for Europe, Journal of European Social Policy 2017

D Lewer, M McKee, A Gasparrini, A Reeves, C de Oliveira, Socioeconomic position and mortality risk of smoking: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), European Journal of Public Health 1-6

A Reeves, M McKee, J Mackenbach, M Whitehead, D Stuckler, Introduction of a National Minimum Wage Reduced Depressive Symptoms in Low‐Wage Workers: A Quasi‐Natural Experiment in the UK, Health economics 26 (5) 2017, 639-655

A Reeves, R Loopstra, ‘Set up to Fail’? How Welfare Conditionality Undermines Citizenship for Vulnerable Groups, Social Policy and Society 16 (2) 2017, 327-338

A Reeves, S Steele, D Stuckler, M McKee, A Amato-Gauci, JC Semenza, National sex work policy and HIV prevalence among sex workers: an ecological regression analysis of 27 European countries, The Lancet HIV 4 (3) 2017, 134-140

D Holman, R Lynch, A Reeves, How do health behaviour interventions take account of social context? A literature trend and co-citation analysis, Health 2017, 1-22

A Reeves, Economics: The architecture of inequalityNature 543 (7645) 2017, 312-313

M McKee, A Reeves, A Clair, D Stuckler, Living on the edge: precariousness and why it matters for health, Archives of Public Health 75 (1) 2017, 13

A Reeves, R Loopstra, D Stuckler, The growing disconnect between food prices and wages in Europe: cross-national analysis of food deprivation and welfare regimes in twenty-one EU countries, 2004–2012, Public Health Nutrition 2017, 1-9

V Toffolutti, A Reeves, M McKee, D Stuckler, Outsourcing cleaning services increases MRSA incidence: Evidence from 126 english acute trusts, Social Science & Medicine 174 2017, 64-69

A Reeves, M McKee, J Mackenbach, M Whitehead, D Stuckler, Public pensions and unmet medical need among older people: cross-national analysis of 16 European countries, 2004–2010, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 71 (2) 2017, 174-180

S Vellakkal, A Gupta, Z Khan, D Stuckler, A Reeves, S Ebrahim, Ann Bowling, Pat Doyle, Has India’s national rural health mission reduced inequities in maternal health services? A pre-post repeated cross-sectional study, Health policy and planning 32 (1) 2017, 79-90

A Reeves, S Steele, D Stuckler, M McKee, A Amato‐Gauci, JC Semenza, Gender violence, poverty and HIV infection risk among persons engaged in the sex industry: cross‐national analysis of the political economy of sex markets in 30 European and Central Asian countries, HIV Medicine, 2017

A Clair, R Loopstra, A Reeves, M McKee, D Dorling, D Stuckler, The impact of housing payment problems on health status during economic recession: A comparative analysis of longitudinal EU SILC data of 27 European states, 2008–2010, SSM-Population Health 2 2016, 306-316

P Barlow, M McKee, A Reeves, G Galea, D Stuckler, Time-discounting and tobacco smoking: a systematic review and network analysis, International Journal of Epidemiology 2017, 860-869

A Clair, A Reeves, R Loopstra, M McKee, D Dorling, D Stuckler, The impact of the housing crisis on self-reported health in Europe: multilevel longitudinal modelling of 27 EU countries, The European Journal of Public Health 26 (5) 2016, 788-793