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Professor Allan G Hill BA, MA, Dip. Demog, PhD

Professor of Population and International Health

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Professor Allan G Hill is Professor of Population and International Health within Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton. He joined the University of Southampton in September 2011 after 22 years as the Andelot Professor of Demography at Harvard University. He works mainly on demographic and public health issues in West Africa and the Middle East. At Southampton, he teaches the two Demography modules (DEMO 6020 and DEMO 6022) and the new module for the Global Health MSc Analysis of Global Health Trends and Differentials (GLHE 6002).

Professor Hill is currently Professor of Population and International Health, Faculty of Social Sciences, and since 1991 the Andelot Professor of Demography at Harvard University. His career has included academic appointments at the University of Aberdeen, Princeton University, the American University of Beirut, the University of Jordan, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Ghana as well as 4 years as the Population Council Representative in the Arab countries.

Research interests

Current research is focused on finding the best routes to the improvement of health in adults and children in African cities, especially in Accra. This work, stemming from the longitudinal study of Women’s Health Study of Accra which began in 2003, is focused on addressing the epidemic of non-communicable disease in older women and the continuing problems of diarrhoeal disease in young children. In the first case, the focus is on behaviour change designed to manage obesity and prevent diabetes and in the second case, a randomised trial of the value of providing subsidised clean water sachets is under way in Ghana. Both projects are conducted in close collaboration with the Ghana School of Public Health and with colleagues at Southampton (Dr. James A. Wright), at Harvard and San Diego State University.


Research projects


A Test of the Suitability of Western Behaviour Change Interventions to Prevent Diabetes and Promote Cardiovascular Health in Older Women in Urban Africa: This work, conducted with Dr. Philip Adongo (Ghana School of Public Health) aims to test and adapt community-based behaviour change programs of known effectiveness in the US, the UK and other high income countries to African settings through a pilot study in Accra, Ghana; and to collect preliminary data required for a full intervention study.

Support: US NIH/NIA.


Urban Drinking Water and Health Outcomes – A Randomized Controlled Trial in Accra, Ghana: This trial asks: does the use of sachet water improve child health? Do the benefits of sachet water use for drinking outweigh the costs of subsidizing the provision of this water, especially for young children in poor urban areas? Will the provision of free or subsidized clean sachet water improve child health in general, and reduce the prevalence of diarrhoea in particular? How cost-effective is increased provision of sachet water (either through further regulatory investment, a voucher system or via subsidy) as an intervention to improve child health?

Note: ‘Sachet water’ is local short-hand for treated water packaged into 500ml plastic bags (‘sachets’) and sold commercially by shops and itinerant traders throughout the city.

Support: PI Dr. J.A. Wright): MRC/Wellcome/DfID.


Social sorting in African Cities: the Accra case: This new work aims to calculate measures of urban context for neighborhoods in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area of Ghana, using a combination of high-resolution satellite imagery and georeferenced census data for two dates; to test the hypothesis that spatial differences and temporal changes in health and mortality vary as functions of urban context; and to test the hypothesis that satellite-derived measures of urban context developed for Greater Accra will predict spatial variability in health and mortality outcomes in Ghana’s second largest city of Kumasi.

Support: PI John R Weeks (San Diego): NIH/NICHD (pending).


ESRC Methods and Infrastructure Committee.
ESRC ‘Understanding Society’ sub-Committee.

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Lectures in DEMO 3013, DEMO 6018 and UOSM2004 Global Health

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