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Dr Audrey Prost
W3.03
Institute for Global Health UCL
30 Guilford Street
London
WC1N 1EH
Appointment
  • Professor of Global Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Role
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Biography

I received a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London in 2004, followed by a Career Development Fellowship from the UK's Medical Research Council (2005-2008), during which I trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I joined UCL in 2008 and contributed to the development of the MSc in Global Health and Development. I am currently the Director of the Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents, housed at UCL’s Institute for Global Health.






Research Themes
Research Summary

My research focuses on developing and evaluating community interventions to improve women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.

I have been a partner to the Indian civil society organisation Ekjut (http://www.ekjutindia.org) since 2008; together we have conducted four large cluster randomised controlled trials of participatory interventions to improve maternal, child and adolescent health in rural Jharkhand and Odisha, eastern India.  

We currently partner on three studies:

  • A cluster randomised controlled trial of creches and participatory nurturing groups to improve early childhood development among children aged 0-36 months in Jharkhand and Odisha, funded by the Economic & Social Research Council/GCRF (2020-2023)
  • Jharkhand Initiative for Adolescent Health: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a participatory intervention with community youth teams to improve adolescents' mental health, dietary diversity and school retention in Jharkhand (2016-2020)
  • Facilitated Learning and Action Groups (FLAG): An evaluation of the scale-up of the participatory women's groups to improve maternal and newborn health across the state of Jharkhand in collaboration with Ekjut and the State Health Mission, funded by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (2016-2020)

I am also co-investigator on two collaborative studies: 
  • The UPAVAN trial is a collaboration between Digital Green, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ekjut and Varrat (India). It seeks to evaluate the effects of community engagement strategies using low-cost videos and group discussions to make agricultural practices more nutrition-sensitive and improve the dietary diversity and nutritional status of women and children under two years of age. The trial is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2015-2020).
  • The Pathways Project: A collaboration between the Population Council India, IFPRI, NIRD and UCL to understand how women's groups affect women's and children's health in India. We are conducting a systematic review to understand the extent to which women's groups affect women's and children's health, and explore barriers and enablers to change. We will then develop and test mid-range theories about the contexts, mechanisms and outcomes for which interventions with women's groups 'work' in India, in partnership with key implementers. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2018-2020).

Teaching Summary

I lead the Institute for Global Health's core postgraduate introduction to global health (Concepts and Controversies in Global Health) and a joint undergraduate and postgraduate module in Anthropology (Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health and Development). I also contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on maternal and child health and qualitative methods. I am a guest lecturer in the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Nutrition modules at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I have supervised 10 doctoral students to successful completion and am keen to supervise PhD candidates interested in participatory community interventions to improve women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health.

Appointments
01-MAY-2019 Professor of Global Health Institute for Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1998   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University College London
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