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Dr Lisa Danquah
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  • Lecturer in Global Health
  • Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I am a Lecturer in Global Health in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) at UCL with a focus on global health as applied to disaster and humanitarian crises contexts for humanitarian health needs. As part of this role, I conduct research, teaching and academic administration within IRDR, where I lead a new introductory undergraduate module called Global Health Introduction, as well as contributing to teaching on other undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

Prior to my role at IRDR, I worked as a Lecturer in Global Health at the University of Manchester in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. I have held teaching and research positions at other UK institutions in tropical medicine, global health and public health since 2011, including Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 

I have a multidisciplinary academic background and I am originally a human geographer and have postgraduate degrees in public health, social statistics, research methods and demography. My specific academic qualifications include a BA in Human Geography from Queen Mary University of London with a focus on population and global health related areas, an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc in Social Statistics (Research Methods) and a PhD in Social Statistics and Demography both from the University of Southampton (awarded in 2010).

Research Summary

I have a broad range of research experience in global and public health in a range of topic areas having conducted research in the field of disability, eye health, water, sanitation and hygiene, neglected tropical diseases and emerging infectious diseases in low-and-middle income countries. I have over ten years of experience working in global health, with much of this time spent directly in-country managing and implementing field-based epidemiological, mixed methods and implementation research studies in countries in South and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. I have also managed and coordinated research studies in other settings including countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and South-Eastern Europe. 

My main research interest is in the field of emerging infectious diseases particularly during humanitarian emergencies, with a particular interest in low-and-middle income countries in the sub-Saharan African context.  Within this, I am interested in the use and evaluation of novel technologies (digital health interventions) for disease surveillance and control particularly in relation to contact tracing and disease surveillance. Further interests include conducting research during disease outbreaks in relation to surveillance and control initiatives and the opportunities and challenges in relation to this. 

Teaching Summary
I lead the IRDR0027 Global Health Introduction module, and also contribute to teaching on the following modules:

IRDR0001 module on Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability 

IRDR0005 module on the Practice and Appraisal of Research

IRDR0012 MSc Independent Research Project in Risk, Disaster and Resilience and IRDR0014 MRes Independent Project.

I also conduct general introductory training on fieldwork safety, off-site work and research ethics process and procedures within IRDR, and as part of specific modules where requested.

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