Dr Ken Eames BA MA PhD


Ken Eames's Background

I'm a mathematical modeller, and Director of the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the LSHTM. I hold an NIHR Career Development Fellowship. Before moving here in 2008 I was working as an Emmanuel College research fellow in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge. And before that I was an EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research fellow working at the Mathematics Institute and the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick.

Since April 2009 I have run the UK flu survey, an online influenza surveillance system, collecting information about incidence, health-care seeking behaviour, and social contact patterns. During the 2009/10 H1N1v influenza pandemic through an NIHR funded grant I measured changes in social mixing patterns in infected individuals. I have recently worked on surveys measuring social mixing patterns in South East Asia.

I have recently organised a workshop on contact pattern surveys - Social Contacts and Mixing Patterns in Epidemiology (SCaMPiE). Details and presentations can be found here.

Ken Eames's Affiliation

Ken Eames's Teaching

I am co-organiser of the Distance Learning Course "Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious diseases". I teach extensively on this course and during the in-house (offered as part of the LSHTM MSc courses) and the annual modelling short-course, offered each summer.

I have assisted with the LSHTM work experience projects, allowing local school pupils to spend time working with researchers on a range of scientific questions. I am currently involved with video conferences for schools organised through the Millennium Mathematics Project at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge.

I have spoken about my work at the Science Museum, London and at the Cheltenham Science Festival. I have given a University of Liverpool Mathematics Masterclass for schools, and along with the flusurvey team have twice appeared at the Birmingham Science Museum. I have given talks for schools and science festivals, and have appeared on BBC Radio and in the national press discussing my research.

Recent talks:

Ken Eames's Research

My research concerns the mathematical modelling and epidemiology of human infectious diseases. I'm particularly interested in those that can be considered to spread through networks of interactions: these mixing networks include all interactions that can facilitate disease spread. For the purposes of visualisation local contacts are useful; they are also likely to be the norm in many social situations. However, "local" may refer to social rather than geographical space, so it's usually best to consider an abstract setting for these populations.

Measuring mixing networks is far from simple - often, it's not even clear which interactions a network should include - so I'm attempting to develop methods to model the spread of infection through networks that don't require the complete network to be known. I'm also involved with trying to come up with innovative ways to measure networks, particularly those involving epidemiologically important population subgroups such as school children.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Modelling
  • Schools


  • Epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Mathematics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Pandemic diseases

Other interests

  • Contact Tracing
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