Amos Channon is currently a Professor of Global Health and Demography within the Department of Social Statistics and Demography.
His research interests are mainly, although not exclusively, focused in lower resource settings around the world, especially looking at comparative analyses. 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.He has recently conducted research on access to health care for people with lower limb conditions in Nepal as well as looking at the sexual and reproductive health of women and adolescents who are migrating from Central America to Mexico and the USA.
Amos' current main role is as the Head of Teaching Programmes, responsible for the teaching activities, for the Department of Social Statistics and Demography. He is also co-Director of the Centre for Global Health and Policy (GHaP).
- Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Access to healthcare
- Maternal and Child health
- Comparative analyses
Amos' current research is focused around the world, both in with regards to his personal research agenda and with PhD students that are supervised. The main projects that he is currently working on include:
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. Migrants will be studied during the period of transition as well as the final destination of displacement. Further, there will also be a study of the effect of being forced to return and how sexual and reproductive health is affected. Amos' 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.
Lower Limb Conditions in Nepal (funded by GCRF): this project collected information about the scale and impact of lower limb conditions in three districts of Nepal in order to understand how people with issues to any part of their lower limb gain care and manage their condition. This is something that is not known anywhere at the moment. A high level of conditions is seen from this survey, with severe implications on the individual.
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 https://www.euquero.ufma.br/ (in Portuguese).
Prosthetics in Cambodia – Amos is 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.
Amos teaches on a wide number of modules relating to demography, health and research methods. Over the last few years he has been heavily involved in teaching modules on Applied Regression Analysis, Skills for Population and Geography and an Introduction to Quantitative Methods.
Recently Amos has finished leading a project to redesign research methods teaching at undergraduate level across the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences. As a results of this project he will be teaching a large first year Undergraduate module called 'Understanding the Social World', which will give students the basis within which to explore their own subject and understand the underlying principles across all social sciences.
He is also teaching on a range of other modules where appropriate and has taught a number of bespoke courses for different groups, including statistical agencies and governmental departments.
Amos joined the Department as a Teaching Fellow in 2007 after completing his PhD within the same department. Since this time he has worked in various roles and have had various job titles until reaching the heady heights of his current post. Prior to his PhD he had an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Durham (1997), a bit of a time as a (useless) gardener and a stint in life insurance management and IT project management. Demography and global health was found to be far more interesting to spend time studying.