Born in 1963, Pierre Chauvin is a medical doctor with a MPH, and a PhD in epidemiology and public health. He has been appointed a researcher in public health at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in 2000. He has been at the head of the research group ‘Social determinants of health and healthcare’ (Paris, France) since 2001, conducting research projects on the health impact of living conditions at large, with special interests on social integration, neighbourhood characteristics and vulnerable and/or underserved populations.
He was laureate of the Paris Medical School in 1989 and awarded by the ‘Avenir’ programme of INSERM in 2001 and by the Medical and health research programme of the City of Paris in 2005.
He is the author or the co-editor of 11 books and the author of 85 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. He has coordinated courses on social epidemiology at the University Pierre et Marie Curie and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris. Among other expert groups, he is a member of the French High Council of Public Health.
His objectives are to conduct pluri-disciplinary research in public health to study the inter-relations between the social situation of individuals, their social environment, and their health and use (or non-use) of healthcare services (preventive or curative care, hospital services or family medicine, public services or liberal practices). His researches are particularly focused on the role of social integration, migration origin and/or social vulnerability and participate in the understanding of the social and spatial inequalities in health.
His research aims to take a pluri-disciplinary approach to these issues (by combining statistical modelling in social epiemiology, health sociology and health geography), and to study both individual and contextual social determinants in relation to these factors.