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Dr Andrew 'Amos' Channon BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Demography, Departmental Undergraduate Programme Lead, Deputy Director of the Southampton ESRC DTC

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Dr Andrew 'Amos' Channon is Associate Professor in Demography within Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton.

'My Main research interests are on health inequalities in low and middle income countries, mainly focused on maternal and child health'

I am currently an Associate Professor within the Department of Social Statistics and Demography. My main research interest is relating to cross-national comparisons of health inequalities over time in low and middle income countries, especially with regard to maternal and child health. I also dabble in research on birth weight in lower income countries and social care need in the UK amongst other things. I teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses on a variety of modules as well as have PhD students studying a wide range of subjects.

My undergraduate degree was a BSc in Psychology from Durham University, after which I became an IT project manager for a life insurance company followed by a HR outsourcing group run by Accenture. This inspired me to come back to academia to take an MSc in Social Statistics (Research Methods), followed by a PhD in Social Statistics, both at the University of Southampton. I have since been a Teaching Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and now an Associate Professor at the University.

My main role in the university is as the Deputy Director of the Southampton ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, which is one of only 21 centres for PhD training that is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. I am responsible for training, alongside general day-to-day running of the centre.

Research interests

Research Interests
My research interests are wide ranging, although focus on population and global health. The main area of research is relating to inequalities in maternal and child health care over time in low and middle income countries, highlighting the need to consider the context within which this is being analysed. These are usually multi-country studies, with the aim to identify countries which have increased service use greatly while reducing inequality between rich and poor. The policies in these countries that have been implemented can then be studied as exemplars of good practice. Other work relates to the study of birthweight, health policy and the increasing private sector in healthcare in lower income settings.
A further aspect of research relates to the demography of the Gulf region, from Kurdistan to Oman. Due to the high levels of migration and the severely unbalanced sex ratios the region is extremely interesting demographically, while the health of the populations are little explored.

A final aspect of research relates to the links between health and social care in the UK, with a focus on age-related macular degeneration. This is conducted as part of the EPSRC funded Care Life Cycle project. My research focuses on the social care need of individuals over time, investigating how this changes and what factors are related to this need.

Research projects
EPSRC Complexity Science - The Care Life Cycle (2010-2015)
ESRC Curriculum Innovation project - Enhancing Undergraduate Methods in the Social Sciences through Curriculum Change (2012-2014)
ESRC Researcher Development project - Increasing Researcher Use of Large Scale Social Surveys in the Social Sciences through Teaching and Support (2012-2014)
British Academy Travel Grant - The democratisation of social research: Reciprocal learning across boundaries in the development of a contextually relevant framework of risk for South African young adults (2013-2015)

Research project(s)

EDULINK STARND Project, Southern Africa

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Book Chapter

  • Channon, A. R., Matthews, Z., & Falkingham, J. (2010). Sexual and reproductive health and poverty. In S. Malarcher (Ed.), Social Determinants of Sexual and Reproductive Health: Informing Future Research and Programme Implementation (pp. 73-92). Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organisation.




I am currently the convenor of:

  • DEMO1001 – Introduction to Demographic Methods

PhD Supervision:
Megan Ledger - Sociocultural barriers to family planning and contraceptive use: evidence and interventions with a focus on Western Africa
Katherine Harris - Gender Inequality and the HIV Epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa
Oleosi Ntshebe – Household Structure and Health in Botswana
Kristine Nilsen – Health inequalities in Cambodia
Nele van der Wielen - Universal Health Coverage in the Context of Population Ageing: The Case of Ghana
Herica La Valle - Population ageing and changing family lives: Comparing the UK and Italy
Stephanie Bispo - Differences in the nutritional status and diet in children and women from Brazil and India: a regional and temporal study

Dr Andrew 'Amos' Channon
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4009

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