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Laura Bates
Research Fellow



Laura is an experienced health researcher with a strong interest in climate and health, quality care and social and emotional wellbeing. She provides significant contributions to the procurement, design, delivery, analysis, publication and dissemination of applied mixed method initiatives that aim to improve access to health services and life chances of some of the poorest families in the UK and low-income countries. 

In UK: Laura contributes to and evaluates the effectiveness of programs designed to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of children and the life chances of some of the poorest families within Bradford. She is also supporting Bradford community led action for climate. 

In Africa: As co-investigator Laura recently oversaw the public health content of an arts-led school based program for adolescents in Uganda, Malawi and West Bengal and led a large symposium on gendered adolescent SRH behaviour attracting heads of school, NGOs and district and national policy makers.

In Asia: Laura evaluated mixed method research on the feasibility of public private partnerships to increase access to family planning in Bangladesh; led high to mid-level in-depth interviews with policy and implementers of Universal Health Care in Indonesia; and technically contributed to VFM analysis of a UNICEF hygiene program and other WASH programs. Laura was the also consortium manager for an international consortium in Cambodia to identify drivers of antibiotic resistance.

In the Middle East: Laura’s first career involved leading environmental and social impact assessments and prepared mitigation plans for local Government Departments and World Bank approval, and project managed the masterplan of an 80hectre eco-city.


  • 2011 MPH International Public Health (York)
  • 2004 Masters of Science (Bangor)



Research group(s)


Laura is available to co-supervise PhD projects with a broad focus on international public health.

Past MPH dissertation supervision:

  • the effectiveness and challenges of the implementation of a national screening program for breast cancer - Ghanaian perspective
  • Identification and comparison of Indonesian lecturers' competencies against WHO recommended competencies for midwife educators in West Java Indonesia
  • Idenitification of core competencies and influencing context of competencies of nurses in Urumqi City China


Selected publications

Health Consultant Publications:

  • Bates., L and Walley, J (2017) Evaluating Marie Stopes International’s Flip Chart for Client Centered Family Planning Counselling in Ghana, through qualitative interviews. Consultant Report for MSI.
  • Bates L, Marzi M, Hafidz F, and Ensor T (2017) Study on Universal Health Coverage From a Pro-Poor and Pro-Equity Perspective (2017). Case study – Indonesia, OECD funded. Consultant to OPM.
  • Hicks, J., Bates, L. and Walley, J. (2017) Observational survey of Family Planning providers using Marie Stopes International’s Flip Chart for Client Centered Family Planning Counselling in Ghana. Consultant Report for MSI.
  • Bates, L., Halder, A., and Evans, B. (2014) Evaluating the Value for Money (VFM) of DFID’s support to UNICEF and GoB in Bangladesh (2014); Sanitation, Hygiene Education and Water Supply (SHEWA-B). Oxford Policy Management Technical Report for DFID. Consultant Report for DFID.  
  • Evans, B.; Bartram, J.; Hunter, P.; Williams, A.R.; Geere, J.A.; Majuru, B.; Bates, L. et al., Public health and social benefits of at-house water supplies. Final Report. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (2013) vi + 53 pp

Select Environmental Consultancies:

  • Coral Reef Relocation Project – Dubai World Island Reclamation, 2008.
  • Manager of Masterplan and Detailed Design of EnPark, 80Ha Eco-city, 2008.


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Laura Bates
Research Fellow