Dr Tony Robertson


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Dr Tony Robertson

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About me

I studied Behavioural Ecology at degree and PhD level before changing my focus to human health and Social Epidemiology/Public Health in 2010 when I joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow on a Career Development Fellowship. In 2013 I moved to the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP), University of Edinburgh, as the Research Fellow and Lead for the Working Age/Adult Life Working Group. In January 2016, I moved to become Lecturer in Social Epidemiology and Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport, University of Stirling. I am a core member of the Population and Public Health Research Group, working within the the Social and Economic Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities theme. I am also a member of the Social Surveys and Social Statistics group led by Prof. Paul Lambert and the Extreme Events in Science and Society research programme led by Prof. Al Jump.

Community Contribution

Honorary Treasurer for the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS)

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Deputy Chair, Faculty Athena SWAN Implementation Group

Athena SWAN is a charter established in 2005 by the Equality Challenge Unit. It was originally set up to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). In 2015 the charter was expanded to include staff in academic, professional and support roles and broaden the substantive areas to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law. The focus of the charter was also expanded to address gender equality more broadly not just barriers that affect women. It also saw the inclusion of intersectionality – which recognises that people can face discrimination based on different elements of their identity not just their gender – e.g. age, disability, race, religion and sexuality. ‌
Following the University successfully achieving an Institutional Bronze award in 2013, the School (now Faculty) submitted itsapplication for Athena SWAN in April 2015 and were awarded this in December 2015. The focus for the team now is to press on with implementing the action plan to promote equality and apply for our Silver award in the future.


PhD in Ecological Endocrinology
University of Glasgow

Project: Hormonally-mediated maternal effects in birds Research Group: Ornithology Research Group Supervisors: Professor Pat Monaghan & Professor Neil Evans 
Description: My PhD investigated environmental influences (e.g. human interactions) on the maternal transfer of stress hormones to developing offspring in wild and captive bird species. This work involved developing novel assays to measure corticosterone stress hormones in avian eggs, fieldwork in urban and non-urban environments and laboratory experiments with captive zebra finches. Statistical analysis using SPSS included general linear models, hierarchical/mixed models, repeated measures and linear regression.