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Dr Stephen Roberts
UCL Institute for Global Health
30 Guilford Street
London
WC1N 1EH
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Appointment
  • Lecturer in Global Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Dr Stephen Roberts is a leading critical global health security scholar, and Lecturer in Global Health at the Institute for Global Health. His research focuses on the datafication and digitisation of global health security practices (which includes new uses of Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and evolving data collection methods) during public health emergencies, and considers the impacts of these digital shifts across government, politics, society, law and ethics.

Prior to joining the Institute for Global Health, Dr Roberts was LSE Fellow in Global Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics where he taught across the Department on a variety of global health-focused modules and served as a departmental expert throughout the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic.

Dr Roberts has held previous research and teaching positions at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London (KCL), and the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex.

He is presently a Visiting Fellow in Global Health Policy with the LSE Health Research Centre, and an Associate Researcher with the Centre for Global Health Policy (CGHP) at the University of Sussex.

Research Summary

As an interdisciplinary global health scholar, Dr Roberts utilises a range of qualitative research methods (including interviews, case-study research, and policy and discourse analysis) to account for the unforeseen or unintended impacts on populations and societies which stem from the evolving datafication and digitisation of global health security practices in an age of 'Big Data'.


Beyond this ongoing research agenda, Dr Roberts continues to advance global health-focused research in a number of critical areas including: data politics and technology in global health systems; concepts of risk and emergency in global health contexts; pandemic preparedness activities; and conducting qualitative global health research in the digital era.

Teaching Summary

Dr Roberts is Lecturer in Global Health. In addition to his role as lecturer at the Institute, he is also Course Co-Director of the MSc in Global Health and Development. Dr Roberts is involved with teaching delivery at the Institute for Global Health on the following modules:

GLBH0017: Research in Action: the Qualitative Approach (co-lead with Dr Rochelle Burgess)
GLBH0018: Concepts and Controversies in Global Health (co-lead with Professor Audrey Prost)
GLBH0019: Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
GLBH0033: Global Health and Development MSc Dissertation (co-lead with Ms Lucy Irvine)

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