I'm a lecturer in Demography in the Department of Social Policy and Senior Research Fellow at LSE Health currently coordinator of the Health Network of the European Observatory of the Social Condition lead by DG Employment. I am a demographer with a background in statistics having obtained a masters' degree in demography and statistical sciences from the University La Sapienza in Rome and a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton. My PhD was on 'Fertility and union dynamics in Brazil'. I have been at LSE since January 2006, previously I was at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute for Education where I worked as a research fellow on the National Evaluation of the Children Fund. I worked as a Statistician at the UN statistics division from 2002 to 2004.
My research interests focus on demographic and statistical modelling. I am particularly interested in reproductive and child health in developing countries, and in particular in the effect that behavioural factors such as union dynamics and gender preference for boys, have on fertility and contraceptive use. Recently, I have focused on the impact of reproductive health on both demographic and public health outcomes. Recent projects include: health systems reforms and maternal health in Brazil and India and user fees removal and maternal health. These areas of my research agenda have led to ongoing collaborations with academics at the University of Belo Horizonte (Brazil), the Institute for Social and Economic Change (Bangalore, India) and the University of Southampton (UK).
As a statistical demographer I am particularly interested in the utilisation of secondary data in resource-poor settings and in how international definitions in census and sample surveys might affect the quality and level of reporting. In 2007 I was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to work on the estimation of differential maternal mortality in developing countries using census data. The Fellowship will be dedicated to developing methods that can improve the analysis of mortality data collected through censuses using both demographic indirect techniques and statistical modelling.
Other projects I am involved in include an ESRC-funded research project ‘The commodity chain of the household: from survey design to policy planning” , part of the ESRC Survey Methods Initiative. This project aims to establish how the concept of the household is defined and used in household surveys in sub-Saharan Africa and the implications of these definitions for analyses and policy-making. In addition, I conducted work with the UNDP Coordinated HIV/AIDS Response Through Capacity Building and Awareness (CHARCA) initiative in India. Myself and Dr Coast advised on the data collection of the second sweep of a longitudinal study and are analysing qualitative and quantitative data on perceptions of and behaviour related to HIV/AIDS in collaboration with a UNDP researcher.
2012 ESRC-DFID ““Economic and social cost of Post-abortion care in Zambia” Co-applicant (Coast PI)
2012 DG Employment “Health status, health care and long-term care. Observatory on the social and demographic condition in Europe. Health network” Co-PI with Sarah Thompson
2010 DFID "Effective models of delivery of maternal and child health outcomes in Low Income Countries" Co-applicant
2010 LSE Research Investment Fund "International Comparative Long-Term Care Research" Co-applicant
2010 LSE Seed Fund "Mental health and poverty in Low Income Countries" Co-applicant
2010 ESRC "Inequalities in Access to Health Care in Brazil and India: Closing the Gap for the Poorest-Poor" Co- applicant
2009 ESRC Seminar Series "Fertility, reproductive health and poverty" Co-applicant
2009 ESRC "Maternal Care & Access to Health Services in India" Applicant
2007 Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship “Estimation of maternal mortality in the developing
world using census data”
2007 ESRC "The commodity chain of the households: from survey design to policy planning" Co-applicant
2007 BSPS Developing countries initiative. Applicant
2006 LSE Seed Fund "Gender based violence and HIV in India" Co-applicant
Collaborative Research Networks
Division for Social Statistics, University of Southampton
Population Research Centre, ISEC Bangalore India
CEDEPLAR, Universidade Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte-Brazil
University of Birzeit
Bureau of Statistics, Lesotho
2010- Member Countdown to 2015
2007-2011 Honorary Secretary British Society Population Studies
2008- Associate Fellow Institute for the Studies of the Americas
2008- Associate Fellow Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy-University of Southampton
2009- Associate Editor GENUS
2011- Member editorial board PLOsOne
2007-12 E. Freeman (2nd supervisor) "Older adults' experiences of ageing and HIV infection at older age in rural Malawi."
2009- K. Bates (co-supervisor) "Double burden of malnutrition in Albania"
2010- E. Jones (2nd supervisor) "Maternal mental health in India"
2011- V. Cetorelli (co-supervisor) "Fertility stall in Jordan"
2012- H. Vaisanen (2nd supervisor) "A life course perspective to abortion in Finland"
Teaching at the LSE
2012-13 SA103 Population Economy and Society
SA485 Planning for population and development
Department of Social Policy
Houghton Street, LSE
Tel: +44 207 9557515
Fax: +44 207 9557514