Iain Hardie

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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7 George Square, Edinburgh
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Iain joined the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh in September 2022. He is a postdoctoral research assistant currently working on two projects: (1) the 'COVID-19 Health Impact on Long-term Child Development in Scotland' (CHILDS) study, and (2) the 'Understanding the effects of prenatal maternal infections on developmental outcomes, autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities' study.

Prior to his current role, from 2021-2022 Iain worked as a research assistant in the the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. During this time he worked on two quantitative social science/epidemiological research projects: (1) the ‘Social Practices in Alcohol Research Collaboration’ (SPARC) project, which examined stability and change in British drinking culture in the 21st century, and (2) the ‘Ecigarettes and socioeconomic inequalities’ project, which examined the relationship between e-cigarette use and socioeconomic inequalities in smoking cessation/relapse. Iain completed his PhD in Urban Studies, University of Glasgow in 2021, where his research focussed on analysis of the impact of the Universal Credit welfare reform on housing insecurity in the UK. 


  • PhD in Urban Studies (title: 'The Impact of Universal Credit Rollout on Housing Insecurity in the UK'), University of Glasgow (2017-2021)
  • MSc in Social Research Methods, University of Dundee (2016-2017)
  • MA (Hons) in Economics, University of Aberdeen (2012-2016)

Research summary

My research interests focus on the quantitative analysis of social and public health sciences data. This includes analysis of longitudinal datasets, repeat cross-sectional datasets, survey datasets and administrative datasets. My current research involves making use of linked administrative health data to examine the impact of prenatal infections and COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Measures on childhood development outcomes in Scotland, and the role of socioeceonomic deprivation plays in this. Previously, my research has also focused on the following areas:

  • Policy and Event Evaluation 
  • Drinking, Smoking and Vaping behaviour
  • Health Inequalities
  • Social Security Policy and the Impact of Welfare Reform (particularly the introduction of Universal Credit in the UK) 

Affiliated research centres

  • Research Affiliate, School of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

Research activities

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