Laia Becares

Laia Becares


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Biographical details

Professor Laia Becares joined King’s in 2022. She is a quantitative Social Epidemiologist by training and takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work, collaborating with sociologists, psychiatrists, geographers, demographers, and other epidemiologists. She is an Editor of Sociology of Health and Illness, and serves on the Academic Reference Group of the NHS Race and Health Observatory. 

Laia obtained her PhD in Social Epidemiology from UCL and her master's in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health.

Research interests

Laia's research examines the pathways by which the discrimination and marginalisation of people and places lead to social and health inequities. This work has mostly focused on studying the association between othering, oppression and health, in order to understand how experiences of discrimination pattern people's health and social outcomes, as well as that of their children. She is also interested in understanding how the accumulation of experienced discrimination across people's lives determines their health as they age. She studies these processes in relation to racism, homophobia and heterosexism as systems of oppression.

Laia is the Principal Investigator of a Nuffield-funded project titled ‘ethnic inequalities in later life’, which uses survey and census data to examine ethnic inequalities in mental and physical health, wellbeing and socio-economic circumstances among people aged over 45.

She also leads a project funded by the Health Foundation, which examines ethnic inequalities in healthcare among people with multimorbidity. Laia co-developed the Queerantine Study, which examined the detrimental impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the LGBTQ+ community.

Laia has been awarded several research fellowships, including an ESRC/MRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2010-2012), a Hallsworth Research Fellowship (2012-2016) and an ESRC Future Research Leader Fellowship (2012-2015).

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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