The impact of working hours and job security on long term health

This episode explores how our jobs and job security affect our health and well-being. Our host Emma Houlton introduces us to two interviews, with Professor Tarani Chandola (University of Manchester) on the relationship between working hours and work-life balance and our health, and with Dr Claire Niedzwiedz (University of Glasgow) on the relationship between financial security and physical health.

Guest contributors

Professor Tarani Chandola

Tarani Chandola is a Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Manchester. His research is primarily on the social determinants of health, focusing on health inequalities and psychosocial factors, and the analysis of longitudinal cohort studies. Much of his research is on the social determinants of health with a focus on stress at work, and its psychophysiological effects on health. He is a research leader on the topic of work and health, with two of his papers in the top 10 most cited studies on the topic of work stress. His h-index of 53 (Google Scholar, October 2018) and 44 (Scopus, October 2018) was achieved within 20 years of his DPhil from over 120 peer reviewed papers in peer reviewed journals. His research expertise spans different disciplines - population and public health, epidemiology, social statistics and sociology - and different methodological approaches. He has had leadership and advisory roles within international research organisations, government departments and academic bodies. In this podcast, he is discussing Are Flexible Work Arrangements Associated with Lower Levels of Chronic Stress-Related Biomarkers? A Study of 6025 Employees in the UK Household Longitudinal Study published in Sociology.

Tarani was the head of the Department of Social Statistics (2012-2014) at the University of Manchester and the director of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (2014-2016). He is currently a co-director of two Economic and Social Research Council funded centres: the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM: and the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS: He also co-directs the SOC-B: the Social-Biological Centre for Biosocial Research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council's Strategic Advisory Network

Dr Claire Niedzwiedz

Claire is currently funded by a Medical Research Council Skills Development Fellowship at the University of Glasgow. Her fellowship focuses on exploring the relationship between physical and mental health using novel methods. She uses a range of secondary data sources, including UK Biobank and linked administrative health data. She was previously based at the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Sociology where she researched financial insecurity and its relationship with a range of biomarkers. In this podcast, she is discussing Economic insecurity during the Great Recession and metabolic, inflammatory and liver function biomarkers: analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Claire completed her PhD in Public Health at the University of Glasgow, which examined the relationship between welfare regimes and socioeconomic inequalities in wellbeing among older people across Europe. After completing her PhD she undertook postdoctoral research at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) based at the University of Edinburgh. This research included studies examining inequalities in mental health, wellbeing and loneliness across Europe and ways in which these might be reduced. Claire also has a background in Physiology and previously worked for the NHS as a health analyst.