I am an Associate Professor in Global Health with interests in maternal, neonatal, child and reproductive health.
- Sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, including very young adolescent motherhood
- Maternal and newborn health services, including development of midwivery services and impact of COVID-19 on care
- Health of displaced and conflict-affected populations
Co-Investigator, Global Challenges Research Fund Grant: Redressing Gendered Health Inequalities of Displaced Women and Girls in contexts of Protracted Crisis in Central and South America (ReGHID) Feb 2020 - Feb 2023
Co-investigator, Gates Ventures Global Health Exemplars: ASHER: Adolescent Sexual Health Exemplars. December 2021- January 2023.
Co-Investigator, ESRC: ASPIRE-COVID-19: Achieving Safe and Personalised maternity care in response to epidemics. September 2021-February 2022.
Co-Investigator, New Ventures Fund; Midwifery Educational Pathways in Low and Middle Income Countries. July 2021-April 2022.
I originally trained as a nurse before studying social policy and social research at the Universities of Bristol and Bath. I have worked on a number of public health programmes in developing countries (and particularly in fragile states), and also spent time as an advisor with the UK Department for International Development. After completing my PhD on the determinants of neonatal mortality in developing countries at Southampton University in 2009, I worked on the Atlas of Birth Maternal Health Advocacy Project with the Universities of Southampton and Aberdeen and the White Ribbon Alliance. Prior to my appointment as lecturer I held a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship researching motherhood in very young adolescents (under 16 years) in developing countries.