Natasha (Tash) Fothergill-Misbah is a Lecturer in Gerontology with a background in Biomedical Sciences and Global Public Health. She teaches on the MSc Gerontology and MSc Global Ageing and Policy courses within the Department of Gerontology and has a particular interest in ageing in Africa. Tash joined the University of Southampton in 2021 and her research has focussed on non-communicable diseases (particularly Parkinson’s disease), access to health services, health inequalities, and intergenerational care structures.
- Ageing in Africa
- Lived experience of chronic disease
- Access to healthcare
- Health inequalities
- Global health
My research has focussed on the lived experience of disease in later life, and the impact of chronic disease on ageing and later life, particularly Parkinson’s disease. I have carried out research in the area of children and young people’s mental health, and produced a report on workforce development needs in the North East of England. I am also interested in the intersection of climate change and population ageing, and looking to explore this field further.
I teach in the areas of Gerontology and Global Ageing, more specifically in the areas of ageing in Africa, policy, gerontology theory and research methods (ethnography, statistics, qualitative, ethics).
I am currently the Department of Gerontology Staff-Student Liaison Coordinator, Employability Tutor and serve on the Faculty of Social Sciences Ethics Committee.
External roles and responsibilities
I joined the University of Southampton in 2021 after holding a Research Fellow post at Northumbria University and a post as Research Associate in Global Health at Newcastle University. I spent my higher education years at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, where I studied Biomedical Sciences (BSc Hons), obtained an MSc in Public Health (Global Health), a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training Methods, and a PhD on the lived experience of Parkinson’s disease in Kenya.
I am a member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) and the BSG Special Interest Group on Ageing in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and a member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS). I am involved with Parkinson's disease advocacy, specifically working with the World Parkinson's Coalition, PD Avengers, Parkinson's Africa and Africa Parkinson's Disease Foundation to improve awareness of Parkinson's globally and improve access to medications and educational materials.
I am very interested in translating research into policy and was contracted on a consultancy basis to write the first Technical Brief on Parkinson’s disease for the Brain Health Unit of the World Health Organization and contributed to the WHO Rehabilitation Programme as a peer reviewer in the development of the Package of Interventions for Rehabilitation of people with Parkinson's disease.