Ioannis Bakolis
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Biographical details

Ioannis Bakolis is a Reader in Public Mental Health and Statistics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Before joining King’s College, Ioannis have previously held research positions at Imperial College London (2013-2015) and (2008-2012) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2012-2013). During that time, Ioannis completed a PhD in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at  Imperial College London (2013) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Burney and Prof. Richard Hooper.

Research interests

Dr Ioannis Bakolis is interested in how social, built and physical environments affect the epidemiology of both physical and mental health. Some examples of Ioannis current work include exploring how exposure to road-traffic air and noise pollution affect mental disorders; and how neighbourhood deprivation relate to mental health over the life course. Ioannis is also a member of the core team of the Urban Mind project involving the development and use of smartphone technologies to monitor the impact of the surrounding physical and social environment on population mental health in real time. Although not exclusively, much of Ioannis work is conducted within large population-based surveys; birth cohorts and routinely collected information stemming from smartphone technologies and electronic health records.


Ioannis research interests also extend to the use of quasi-experimental methods and data from hybrid trials on the evaluation and implementation of population health interventions and nationwide policies. Ioannis is a co-I and lead statistician of INDIGO and EMILIA, two recently MRC-funded projects which aim to tackle stigma and discrimination in 6 LMIC countries; and TIDES, a study funded by the Wellcome Trust  for developing an intervention framework to address the role of discrimination by healthcare practitioners in generating and perpetuating health inequalities.


Ioannis is also interested in issues of causal inference and statistical methods for intensive longitudinal data as they relate to his work.


Research themes

  • Urban environment and mental health
  • Social and environment stressors and mental health over the life course
  • Natural experiments
  • Hybrid trials


I am happy to consider applications from prospective Ph.D. students. Please contact me with an outline of your research ideas in the first instance.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, Imperial College London

12 Aug 2015 → …


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