After over a decade of working in community development in sub Saharan Africa, Helen studied and trained in public health, completing specialist training in 2014. Following a PhD assessing community health in an urban regeneration area in the UK, her research has focused on urban health in low and middle income countries. In particular, issues of gender and equity in relation to health risk and behaviour and the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions to improve the health of disadvantaged populations. This has included developing interventions for tobacco cessation and to improve psycho-social well-being among people with TB in South Asia. Helen's current work includes testing novel survey methods to improve the representation of the urban poor and understandings of urban poverty; systems research to strengthen the role of city governments to address health inequities and developing interventions to improve health and reduce injuries in urban slums.
Helen's research focuses on improving health and well-being of communities living in poor urban neighbourhoods in low income countries. She is interested in methods to better understand and respond to the health needs of the urban poor and have methodological expertise and experience in mixed-methods, cross-sectional designs, implementation research particularly alongside RCTs, qualitative methods, systematic reviews and participatory action research.
Helen would be interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: urban health in low income countries and developing and testing interventions to address public health risk factors.