My research interests focus on demographic and statistical modelling. I am particularly interested in women's health in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), and in particular on the lifecourse approach to women's health. Recently, I have focused on the impact of reproductive health on both demographic and public health outcomes. Recent projects include: women's subjective and objective health in the occupied Palestinian territory and a projected I am leading on user fees removal and maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa funded by Countdown to 2015. I am working on two projects looking at menarche and menopause in LIMCs. In addition, I am currently leading a project on deprivation and conflict in Palestine and on age at menarche in LMICs. 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), the University of Birzeit (Opl), the University of Southampton (UK) and with members of the Countdown to 2015 group.
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 have been involved in include an ESRC-DIFD funded research project "Economic and social cost of Post-abortion care in Zambia" where I looked at the economic burden of unsafe abortion on Women in Zambia. In addition I have coordinating a project with the University of Birzeit with the to analyse the characteristics of women usually neglected by the health system such as menopausal, single or married early without children. Currently I am leading a study on the long term impact of reproductive lives in Indonesia.