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Dr Guy Harling
3rd Floor
Mortimer Market Centre
off Capper Street
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health (IGH) at University College London. I am also affiliated with Africa Health Research Institute in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and with the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies in Cambridge, MA. 

Prior to working at UCL I spent eight years in Boston, MA completing my doctoral degree (with Ichiro Kawachi) and then postdoctoral research (with Till BärnighausenJukka-Pekka Onnela and Victor De Gruttola) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Before this I worked for 18 months with UNAIDS in Geneva, spent three years in Cape Town working on costings of HIV treatment and care while conducting a Masters degree in Public Health, and spent two years in MontrĂ©al completing a Masters degree in Economics. I have an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Warwick. 

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My first research focus is on the social determinants of infectious diseases, mainly on HIV and mainly in sub-Saharan-Africa. I have also researched the social patterning of tuberculosis and HIV in Brazil and bacterial sexually transmitted infections in the United States. 

My second area of focus is on social network and how social support and interaction can provide positive health outcomes: both the avoidance of unwanted infections such as HIV, and successful management of health conditions. This work has led me to start researching the health of older adults, particularly around dementia. 

My third area of focus is in field methods. This includes trialing methods to help respondents report sensitive data (e.g. sexual behaviour, history of abuse); we have used computer- and paper-based methods for this work. It also includes taking seriously the impact of interviewer behaviour on data collected, and on subsequent analytic outcomes. I have overseen several field studies in South Africa, Tanzania and Burkina Faso, and have also been involved in studies in Uganda and Zambia. For these studies we have used OpenDataKit, CommCare and REDCap data capture software.  

Analytically, I work in Stata, R and Python to appropriately manage dependencies between data, including hierarchical, spatial and network modelling. I used to work on the cost and cost-effectiveness of HIV services. 

JAN-2019 Royal Society/Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow Institute for Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
MAY-2016 – DEC-2018 Senior Research Associate Institute for Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
AUG-2013 – APR-2016 Research Fellow Global Health and Population Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, United States
Academic Background
2013 DSC Doctor of Science – Epidemiology Harvard University
2006 MPH Master of Public Health – Epidemiology University of Cape Town
2006 MPH Master of Public Health – Biostatistics University of Cape Town
2003 MA Master of Arts – Economics McGill University
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