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Dr Neha Batura
Institute of Child Health, UCL
30 Guilford Street
  • Lecturer in Health Economics
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am a micro economist with experience studying the development of human capital ; poverty and inequality; and the relationship between the two in low- and middle-income countries. I read for a MSc in Economics from Development from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Economics from the University of London. My PhD thesis examined the socio-economic determinants and impact of long-term undernutrition on schooling efficiency outcomes among young children in rural Tanzania, using a comprehensive longitudinal dataset.

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Research Summary

I am currently working across several research sites on the economic evaluation of innovative community based health interventions that aim to improve maternal and child health as well as children's nutrition, growth and development. I work with multi-disciplinary teams based in the UK and in project sites in the above mentioned countries on programme and intervention design, data collection methodology, analysis and dissemination of findings.

My current work is primarily focussed on the economic evaluation of these community based health interventions; women's agency and capability; the relationship between poverty, inequality and health outcomes; and the strengthening of human resources for health in low- and middle-income countries in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh), Africa (Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya) and the Pacific Islands (Papua New Guinea).

Teaching Summary

I teach on a number of postgraduate and undergraduate courses at UCL:
  • Introductory Microeconomics for Health for postgraduate students (2017- present)
  • Microeconomics for Health for postgraduate students (2017- present)
  • Econometrics for Health for postgraduate students (2017- present)
  • Lectures on health economics for the iBSc (2016-present)
  • Lectures on health economics for the SSC on the UCL MBBS (2016-present)
  • Key Principles for Health Economics for postgraduate students  (2014- present)
  • Economic Evaluation for postgraduate students (2013- present)
  • Research Methods in Action: Quantitative Analysis for postgraduate students (2012-2016)
I also supervise postgraduate research in health economics. 

In addition to teaching activities at UCL, I have taught on a blended learning course on Health Economics and Financing: Achieving Equitable Results for Children delivered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for UNICEF staff (2014-2016); and Quantitative Methods for Economists for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students (SOAS, 2009-2011).

APR-2012 – JUN-2017 Research Associate Institute for Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
JUL-2011 – NOV-2011 Research Assistant Centre for International Health and Development University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2009 – JUN-2011 Graduate Teaching Assistant Department of Economics SOAS, United Kingdom
DEC-2008 – DEC-2011 Research Assistant Oxford Department of International Development University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Economics School of Oriental and African Studies
2006 MSc Master of Science – Economics University of Oxford
2005 BA Bachelor of Arts – Economics University of Mumbai
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