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Dr Aurelia Lepine
  • Lecturer
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am a development economist and I have been studying health behaviours of vulnerable groups over the last ten year. After receiving my PhD in Economics from the University of Otago in New Zealand, I joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a postdoctoral researcher and worked there during seven years before joining the Institute for Global Health in 2019.

Visit my personal page: https://sites.google.com/site/aurelialepine/Home

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My research aims to understand behaviours in order to improve the design of health policies in low-income countries. I use quasi-experimental designs, lab-in-the field experiments and randomised controlled trials to estimate the behavioural response to health policies and to identify the factors of health and well-being among vulnerable groups in low-income countries. My research interest focuses on health of vulnerable women globally and encompass several areas of global health (HIV/AIDS, nutrition, family planning and mental health).

I have a leading role in the following research projects:

1. Risk reduction among sex workers in Senegal: Since 2015, I am following a cohort of 650 female sex workers in Senegal to understand the drivers of risky behaviours. I was recently awarded the MRC PHIND as a principal investigator to define a policy change in the current registration policy in order to make registration of sex workers more attractive. This work is conducted in collaboration with the HIV division of the Ministry of Health. In addition, I am leading a series of projects on the role of economic shocks on risky behaviours of sex workers. 

2. Women's bargaining power and nutrition: I am a principal investigator for a project that aims to investigate the drivers for the low uptake of animal source food among children living in slums in Kenya. Part of this project, I am developing a new measure of women's bargaining power in the lab in order to investigate the association between women's empowerment and child nutritional status. 

3. Demand for family planning: I am currently involved in a randomised controlled trial that aims to document the role of husband's involvement, polygamy and peer effects on contraceptive use in the Province of Houet in Burkina Faso.  

Teaching Summary

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have extensive experience in teaching health economics and econometrics to undergraduate and postgraduate students with and without a background in economics. I give lectures at UCL, LSHTM, LSE Department of health policy and at the Institute of Tropical Medicine. 

JAN-2019 Lecturer in Health Economics Institute for Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2015 – JAN-2019 Lecturer in Health Economics Global Health & Development London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
AUG-2012 – OCT-2015 Research Fellow in Health Economics Global Health & Development London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Economics University of Otago
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