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Dr Lu Gram
Floor 3
Institute for Global Health
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  • Senior Research Fellow in Global Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr Lu Gram is a leading researcher on women's and communities' empowerment in low- and middle-income countries and a specialist in collective action for health and gender equality. He is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow and recipient of a Naughton Clifts-Matthew grant. Lu has published 25 peer-reviewed articles on topics of maternal and child health, women's empowerment, and community mobilisation.

Over his career in Global Health, Dr Gram has lived and worked in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, Uganda, and Kenya with research partners from World Health Organization, Saving Newborn Lives, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Gram regularly consults for universities and international NGOs and has worked for Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Population Council, and WHO. Dr Gram is a fellow of the Institute for the Future of Work.

Dr Gram has a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Oxford, an MPhil from Cambridge in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology, and an MSc from LSHTM in Medical Statistics. He was a Research Fellow at LSHTM from 2010-2016 before joining UCL to begin his PhD in Global Health and Development. During his PhD, he was supervised by health economist Dr Jolene Skordis-Worrall and medical anthropologist Dr Joanna Morrison and examined by sociologist Cicely Marston and economist Pedro Carneiro.

Research Summary

Dr Lu Gram is a leading specialist on women's and communities' empowerment. Dr Gram's research is transdisciplinary by nature and integrates insights from political science, social psychology, behavioural economics, and epidemiology in researching ways to empower communities to promote health. He has extensively contributed to current understanding of the complex concept of women's empowerment and provided suggestions for how global policy can better support gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide.

His current research programme explores the role of community mobilisation in global health, with an emphasis on the prevention of violence against women. He has been awarded both a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Naughton Clifts-Matthew grant to study collective action to address gender inequality and violence against women in urban India. He is based in London and India.

JAN-2018 – JAN-2022 Research Associate Population Health Sciences Institute for Global Health, United Kingdom
OCT-2010 – OCT-2015 Research Fellow Epidemiology and Population Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2010   Master of Natural Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2008   Master of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2007   Bachelor of Arts St Edmund Hall Oxford
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