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Margarida Pereira

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Research Interests
Social Determinants of Health
Urban Health
Public Health
Social Epidemiology

Margarida Pereira completed her PhD in Human Geography in April 2021 at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Coimbra. Her doctoral thesis was developed under the scope of a larger project coordinated by the Research Centre on Anthropology and Health and was entitled “A geographic perspective of the impact of the economic crisis on childhood obesity”. It comprised seven papers published in high-impact factor journals in the field of Public Health and Human Geography. She has a Master in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Planning since 2009 and a Master in Public Health since 2014 from the University of Porto. She has a degree in Geography, Spatial Planning and Development since 2006 from the University of Coimbra. Since May 2021, she has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Research on Pandemics & Society (PANSOC) at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. She works in the areas of Social Sciences with an emphasis on Health Geography, Public Health and Social Epidemiology.

Main Publications

Pereira, Margarida; Bakkeli, Nan Zou; Dimka, Jessica; Mamelund, Svenn-Erik. “Identifying obesity and COVID-19 overlapping risk-factors: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis”. Journal of Public Health Research 11 3 (2022): 227990362211065. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/22799036221106584.

Pereira, Margarida; Nogueira, Helena; Gama, Augusta; Machado-Rodrigues, Aristides; Rosado-Marques, Vitor; G. Silva, Maria-Raquel; Padez, Cristina. “The economic crisis impact on the body mass index of children living in distinct urban environments”. Public Health 196 (2021): 29-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2021.04.030.

Margarida Pereira; Cristina Padez; Helena Nogueira. “Municipal health promotion programs: is childhood obesity a concern at local level in Portugal?”. Health Promotion International (2021): https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daab044.

Nogueira, Helena; Pereira, Margarida; Costa, D.; Gama, Augusta; Machado-Rodrigues, Aristides; Silva, Maria-Raquel; Marques, Vítor R.; Padez, Cristina M.. “The environment contribution to gender differences in childhood obesity and organized sports engagement”. American Journal of Human Biology (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23322.

Pereira, Margarida Miguel Costeira e; Padez, Cristina Maria Proença; Nogueira, Helena Guilhermina da Silva Marques. “Describing studies on childhood obesity determinants by Socio-Ecological Model level: a scoping review to identify gaps and provide guidance for future research”. International Journal of Obesity (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41366-019-0411-3.

Research Projects

MERIT – Mother Income Inequality, coordinated by Institute of Public Health of Porto (University of Porto) in collaboration with the Research Centre for Pandemics and Society (Oslo Metropolitan University)

PANRISK – Socieconomic risk groups, vaccination and pandemic influenza coordinated by the Research Centre for Pandemics and Society (Oslo Metropolitan University)

ObesInCrisis – Inequalities in childhood obesity: the impact of the socioeconomic crisis in Portugal from 2009 to 2015, coordinated by the Research Centre on Anthropology and Health

Creative Output

Pereira, M. “Associations between Sociodemographic Factors and COVID-19 in an Urban Population with Overweight/Obesity – a cross-sectional study in six districts of Oslo”. Presented as oral presentation in the 18th Annual International Conference on Urban Health, Valencia, Spain 24-27 October 2022.

Pereira, M. “The role of Sociodemographic factors in the association between COVID-19 and Weight Status”. Presented as poster in The 22nd Nordic Demographic Symposium, Oslo, Norway, 9-11 June 2022.

Pereira, Margarida (2022) “Is there a relationship between obesity and COVID19?” Viten og snakkis podcast, https://uni.oslomet.no/pansoc/2022/01/26/is-there-a-relationship-between-obesity-and-covid19/.

Pereira M. “An urban playground in the old part of Lisbon, Portugal”. Cover page photograph May 2019. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ajhb.23158.