Dr Mazeda Hossain BA MSc PhD

Assistant Professor in Social Epidemiology (Conflict, Violence & Health)


I am a social epidemiologist based within the Gender Violence & Health Centre. My main research interests focus on violence and health in humanitarian crisis and fragile state settings.




I currently teach on the following modules: issues in Public Health, Conflict & Health, Research Methods for Gender Based Violence Short Course and Evaluations of Public Health Interventions. I supervise both MSc and PhD students.

I have also taught on the following MSc modules: Basic Statistics for Public Policy, Basic Epidemiology and Healthcare for Conflict-Affected and Displaced Populations Short Course.


I am a social epidemiologist who specialises in the evaluation of violence prevention and response interventions in conflict-affected and fragile state settings. My interest in recent years has been in developing and conducting evaluations using epidemiological approaches appropriate for research among conflict-affected and other vulnerable populations. The longer-term aim of this research is to facilitate the development of violence prevention and response models for survivors which are effective, accessible and scalable to other humanitarian crisis and fragile stage settings. 

My research utilises a variety of methods including cluster randomised controlled trials, controlled trials, cohort studies and cross-sectional studies, all with qualitative research components. My research also makes use of systematic reviews, and realist and process evaluations. 

I am currently leading one of the first evaluations of a gender based violence response service which includes task-shifting components in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya. I recently led a cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) in Côte d'Ivoire, which was one of the first trials to rigorously evaluate an intimate partner violence prevention intervention in an armed conflict setting working directly with men.

My previous research focused on the longer-term health effects of violence among trafficking survivors, asylum seekers and migrants. I have worked on several comparative multi-country studies examining violence against women asylum seekers, violence against women trafficked for sex, and an intervention trial of a trafficking prevention programme in South Asia.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Complex interventions
  • Conflict
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • Health services research
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Migration
  • Mixed methods
  • Mobile technologies
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Statistical methods
  • Systematic reviews
  • Violence


  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Mental health
  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • World

Other interests

  • Armed conflict
  • Asylum-seekers
  • Centre for Evaluation
  • Centre for Global Mental Health
  • Centre for Statistical Methodology
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Cluster Randomised Trials
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community Mental Health Care
  • Complex Surveys
  • Conflict affected populations
  • Crises
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • Evaluation
  • Fragile States
  • Gender And Health
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Health In Fragile Countries
  • Health Survey Methods
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Internally Displaced Persons
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Marginalised Populations
  • Masculinities
  • Measuring and transforming social norms
  • Men
  • Migrant Health
  • Multi Centre Studies
  • Post Disaster Interventions
  • Post-Conflict
  • Prevention of partner violence
  • Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group
  • Refugees
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Theory of Change
  • Violence prevention
  • human trafficking
  • international partnerships
  • intervention evaluation
  • trauma
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