Professor Hannah Kuper ScD

Professor of Epidemiology

About Hannah Kuper

Director of International Centre for Evidence in Disability


I am the Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, a research group at LSHTM that works to expand the research and teaching activities of LSHTM in the field of global disability. My main research interest is disability in low and middle income countries, with a particular focus on:

I have an undergraduate degree from Oxford University in Human Sciences and a doctorate from Harvard University in epidemiology. I have worked at LSHTM since 2002. I joined as a member of the International Centre for Eye Health, undertaking research into the prevalence, impact and control of blindness. I also focussed on other types of impairments, and on quantitative research about disability. I was the co-director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability 2010-2017, and the director since 2017.




I organise the MSc Study Unit on "Global Disability and Health". I also lecture on Disability on various MSc courses and the Diploma of Tropical Nursing.

In addition, I contribute to the Public Health in Eye Care and Epidemiology MSc course through supervising students, giving lectures, and taking part in the examination and MSc board meetings. I am also a seminar leader for the Basic Epidemiology study unit.

I currently supervise three PhD students. Morgon Banks is investigating the inclusion of people with disabilities in social protection. Goli Hashemi is conducting research on access to health services among people with disabilities. Andrew Bastawrous is investigating the incidence of eye disease among a cohort of older people in Kenya. I also supervise two DrPH students. Mark Speckley is examining the impact of hearing impairment and hearing aids in Guatemala. Anthony Duttine is investigating the development of parent training programmes for the parents of children with Congenital Zika Syndrome. 

I am the co-supervisor for Islay Mactaggart. She is researching epidemiological methods in the assessment of disability, and assessing the impact of disability, in Cameroon and India. 


I am the Director of the International Centre for Evidence on Disability

My main research interest is in the epidemiological study of disability in low and middle income countries, particularly among older people. I work collaboratively with partners in LSHTM and externally, in both high and low resource settings.


There are three main strands to my research:

1. Assessment of the prevalence of disability and impairments, including in children, and development of new methods in undertaking these surveys (e.g. use of mobile technologies).

2. Investigation of the health and rehabilitation needs of people with disabilities, and how these can be met in low resources settings.

3. Research on the relationship between poverty and disability, and the potential role of social protection in breaking this cycle.

I am also working on a range of projects investigating the social and economic impact of Congenital Zika Syndrome in Brazil, and how the impact can be mitigated through the development of parent support programmes.

I support partners in LSHTM and externally to integrate consideration of disability into their research.

I am committed to conducting research which will help improve the practice of government and NGO agencies in providing effective services for people with disabilities and their families.

Research areas

  • Ageing
  • Older people's health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Systematic reviews


  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Diabetes
  • Disability
  • Eye diseases


  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World


  • Cameroon
  • India
  • Kenya

Other interests

  • International Centre for Evidence in Disability
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