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Dr Michael Head BSc (Hons), PGDip, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Michael is a Senior Research Fellow who started at Southampton in October 2015.

He previously spent 11 years at UCL in the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the Farr Institute for Health Informatics. He has research interests in research investments analyses, epidemiology, global burden of disease, health policy, pneumonia, vaccination and vaccine hesitancy, and scabies.

Michael graduated from his PhD by published works (Amsterdam Institute in Global Health, University of Amsterdam) in May 2016, and he completed postgraduate study in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth.


2016 - PhD, The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

2006 - PGDip, Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2000 - BSc, Biomedical Science, University of Portsmouth

Appointments held

2015- Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton

2004-2015 – Research associate, University College London



Research interests

Michael has numerous interests across global health, and predominantly focusing on infectious diseases. He co-created and leads on the Research Investments in Global Health study (ResIn). This project systematically maps the global landscape of research funding, comparing levels of investment with burden of disease, and giving valuable insight to policymakers, funders and researchers on areas of research strength, knowledge gaps and future priorities. He has been invited to present findings at the World Health Organisation (Geneva), Wellcome Trust (London) and to the European Commission in Brussels. ResIn has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and has published numerous papers and reports, including across (for example) Lancet and BMJ journals.

Michael also has research interests in pneumonia, is part of the Every Breath Counts coalition and awarded the title of ‘Pneumonia Fighter 2018’ by global advocacy group Just Actions. He is also leading on scabies research. Scabies is now a WHO-designated neglected tropical disease. Michael has co-authored papers in Lancet Infectious Diseases and elsewhere, covering scabies outbreaks in UK care homes, and he has now received funding to lead a community health scabies project in Ghana.

Michael has also published in the peer-reviewed literature, and given many public talks, on vaccination and anti-vaccination activists. Alongside this, he is experienced at science communication, is a STEM Ambassador, and has been involved in numerous outreach and public engagement activities. He also has written extensively about, and advocated for, equity for women in science.


Clinical and Experimental Sciences

 He is Associate Editor at International Health (a Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene journal) and on the steering group for the Wessex Global Health Network.

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Michael has supervised numerous medical and MSc students and taught on the MSc Global Health and MSc Computing.

Dr Michael Head
Tel: +44 (0)23 8120 8895

Room Number: SGH//MP852

Telephone:(023) 8077 7222x7200

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