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Dr Andrew 'Amos' Channon BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Demography, Departmental Undergraduate Programme Lead, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Health and Policy

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Dr Andrew ‘Amos’ Channon is an Associate Professor of Demography within Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton.

'My Main research interests are on health inequalities in low and middle income countries, mainly focused on maternal and child health'

I am currently an Associate Professor within the Department of Social Statistics and Demography. My main research interests are mainly, although not exclusively, focused in lower resource settings. These broadly fall under the title of Global Health, and specifically relate to access to healthcare for groups of the population. These include access for maternal and child health, as well as for people living with disabilities.

I joined the Department as a Teaching Fellow in 2007 after completing my PhD within the same department. Since this time I have worked in various roles and have had various job titles until my current post. Prior to my PhD I had an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Durham (1997) and a stint in life insurance management and IT project management. Demography and health is far more interesting to spend time studying.

My current main roles are as Programme Director for the BSc in Population and Geography, a wonderful and interesting exploration of the intersection between Demography and Geography, as well as co-Director of the Centre for Global Health and Policy (GHaP). I have worked with the WHO and UNICEF on different projects as well as undertaking consultancy projects for a range of organisations.

Research interests

My research interests are wide ranging, although focus on population and global health. My main research interests revolve around maternal and child health in low and middle income settings, as well as a burgeoning interest in disability and access to healthcare. I work internationally and have conducted research across all continents. Furthermore, I have an interest in studying health inequalities over time and understanding the dynamics of inequality. All of this work is situated within health systems, which are crucial to understand and study in order to improve health in low and middle income countries.

Current Research Projects

EU QUERO – Engaging Users for Quality Enhancement and Rights: Strengthening the maternal and child health care system over the first 1000 days in Brazil (Principal Investigator, funded by the MRC and CONFAP)

This ongoing project aims to test the feasibility of an intervention in two states of Brazil, Goiás and Maranhão. The aim of EU QUERO is to provide mothers with more information about the quality of healthcare in their local primary health centre through scorecards, while improving knowledge of rights during the crucial first 1000 days of life. Rights are enhanced through the engagement of a crucial group of health workers, the Community Health Workers (called ACS in Brazil), who will be delivering the intervention to mothers in their homes. For more information please visit the project website (in Portuguese).

ReGHID - Redressing Gendered Health Inequalities of Displaced Women and Girls in contexts of Protracted Crisis in Central and South America (Co-Investigator, funded by the ESRC through the Global Challenges Research Fund)

This project started in 2020, and aims to understand the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls who have been displaced in Central and South America. We will study this during the period of transition as well as the final destination of displacement. Further, we will also study the effect of being forced to return and how sexual and reproductive health is affected. My main role in the project is to co-lead a survey in El Salvador studying women who have recently returned to the country and how their sexual health throughout their migration journey has been.

Prosthetics in Cambodia – I am involved in a GCRF funded project which studies prothesis use in Cambodia. This studies information from clinics in the country and explores if there are differential times to repair and replacement by social characteristics, including sex, where someone lives and job, amongst others.

Previous Projects

EPSRC Complexity Science - The Care Life Cycle (2010-2015)
ESRC Curriculum Innovation project - Enhancing Undergraduate Methods in the Social Sciences through Curriculum Change (2012-2014)
ESRC Researcher Development project - Increasing Researcher Use of Large Scale Social Surveys in the Social Sciences through Teaching and Support (2012-2014)
British Academy Travel Grant - The democratisation of social research: Reciprocal learning across boundaries in the development of a contextually relevant framework of risk for South African young adults (2013-2015)

Research project(s)

EDULINK STARND Project, Southern Africa

I am the Programme Director for the BSc in Population and Geography, coordinated from the Department of Social Statistics and Demography.

I am also co-Director (with Professor Pia Riggirozzi) of the Centre for Global Health and Policy, a centre within the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences which aims to group research on Global Health together to enhance collaborative working within the school on the broad topic of Global Health.

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Book Chapter

  • Channon, A. R., Matthews, Z., & Falkingham, J. (2010). Sexual and reproductive health and poverty. In S. Malarcher (Ed.), Social Determinants of Sexual and Reproductive Health: Informing Future Research and Programme Implementation (pp. 73-92). World Health Organisation.




Currently I teach, or co-teach the following modules:

  • STAT3004 – Applied Regression Analysis
  • GEOG1007 – Skills for Population and Geography
  • STAT1003 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods

I am also leading a project to redesign research methods teaching at undergraduate level across the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences.

I also teaching on a range of other modules where appropriate and have taught a number of bespoke courses for different groups, including statistical agencies and governmental departments.

PhD Students

I am happy to discuss supervision with potential students who are interested in the broad areas of my research.

Current Students

Astrid Arriaza Solares (started July 2018) – Measuring Access to Public Health Care in Guatemala using Geospatial Methods for Planning Health Care Provision. Funded by the ESRC SCDTP.

Mair Thomas (started October 2018) - Monitoring the availability of safely-managed drinking-water services in households and healthcare facilities across Africa (based in Geography). Funded by the ESRC SCDTP.

Charlotte Owen (started October 2019) - Health facility access barriers for adults with impairment in Cambodia. Funded by the ESRC SCDTP.

Hannah Hall (starting October 2020) - Exploring the role of Community Health Workers in Maternal and Child Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Central and South America (based in Politics and International Relations). Funded by the ESRC SCDTP.

Rebecca Harris (starting October 2020) - Mental Health Outcomes of Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Funded by the ESRC SCDTP.

Alice Wolfle (starting July 2021) - Environmental effects on child health: understanding the links between the environmental context and child nutritional status. Funded by the ESRC SCDTP. Currently studying at the European Doctoral School for Demography.

Previous Students

Lisa Danquah (completed 2010) – Measuring hand washing behaviour in low income settings:  Methodological and validity issues

Shadrack Kandala (completed 2012) – Social Determinants of Anaemia and Nutritional status in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi

Megan Ledger (completed 2015) – Sociocultural barriers to family planning and contraceptive use: evidence and interventions with a focus on Western Africa

Oleosi Ntshebe (completed 2017) – Three Papers on Households and Child Health in Botswana

Kristine Nilsen (completed 2017) – Crossing the River: Inequities in Maternal Health Services in Cambodia

Nele van der Wielen (completed 2017) – Examining Health Insurance as a Strategy to Move towards Universal Health Coverage in the Context of Population Ageing: Evidence from Ghana

Stephanie Bispo (completed 2018) – Exploring the links between women’s work and child nutritional status in rapidly developing economies: the cases of Brazil and India

Sarah Carter (completed 2018) – The Cascade of Intervention: Labour Induction and Caesarean Section in the United Kingdom

Herica La Valle (completed 2020) – Life events and changes in health-related behaviours: An investigation using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Abrar Fallatah (examined 2020) - Exploring Type Two Diabetes Mellitus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Studying the Socio-economic Environment

Dr Andrew 'Amos' Channon
Social Statistics & Demography Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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