Dr James Rudge BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor Infectious Disease Epidemiology


I joined the Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group (www.cdprg.org) at LSHTM in 2009. Based in Thailand, my research focuses on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases in Southeast Asia, and the capacity of health systems to respond.

Before joining CDPRG, I completed my PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London, researching the zoonotic transmission and population genetics of schistosomiasis in China and the Philippines. Prior to this I gained a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Modern Epidemiology, also at Imperial. My main research experience is with field, mathematical, and molecular epidemiology, along with some health systems analyses, applied accross several countries in Asia and Africa. I am interested in using a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing policy-relevant research questions on the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, particularly zoonoses.




I am a tutor and project supervisor for the LSHTM MSc Public Health (Distance Learning) programme, and Deputy Module Organiser for the Communicable Disease Control module (PHM202).

I am also Adjunt Professor in the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Thailand.


I am currently involved in the following research projects:

Determining the association between livestock systems and inflenza prevalence and diversity in swine, Cambodia (PigFluCam) (PI: James Rudge, Funding: Naval Medical Research Cente)

Molecular Epidemiology of Influenza A in Bali, Indonesia (BaliMEI) (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: Roche)

Developing evidence-based investment options in support of pandemic preparedness policy in Cambodia (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: GIZ)


Previous projects include:

Surge in demand for health services: evaluating health system impact and capacity to respond in low- and middle-income countries (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: GIZ)

Health systems analysis to support capacity development for responding to pandemic influenza in Asia (AsiaFluCap) (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: EU and Rockefeller Foundation)

The integration of Global Fund portfolios into health systems in five countries in Asia (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria)

Social mixing patterns for influenza-like illness in Asia (SMILI) (PI: John Edmunds, Funding: WHO)

Research areas

  • Agriculture
  • Disease control
  • Economic evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Health inequalities
  • Health systems
  • Helminths
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Modelling
  • Natural disasters
  • Parasites
  • Public health
  • Surveillance


  • Epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Parasitology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Influenza
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Pandemic diseases
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Zoonotic disease


  • East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)


  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Myanmar
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Other interests

  • Demand For Health Services
  • Developing countries
  • Distance Learning
  • Ecology
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Global Health Initiatives
  • Health Care Systems Evaluation
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microsatellites
  • Pandemic
  • Pandemic Influenza
  • Population Genetics
  • Post Disaster Interventions
  • R statistical language
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