Lynda Clarke has a BSc in Social Anthropology and MSc in Medical Demography and has been at LSHTM since 1987. She previously worked at Office of National Statistics (ONS) on national social surveys; at City University on the ONS Longitudinal Survey; at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, undertaking research on physically disabled teenagers; and was responsible for research at a national pregnancy advisory charity. She was also Director of Research at the Family Policy Studies Centre from 1995 until 2000.
Lynda was the Head of the Department of Population Studies from 2007 until 2011 and Taught Course Director for Epidemiology and Population Health from 2000 until 2006, responsible for the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health MSc teaching programmes. She is currently Programme Director for the MSc Demography and Health and MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research and the distance based Masters in Demography and Health. She teaches on a number of modules for these MScs; including Population Studies, Principles of Social Research, Research Design and Analysis and Demographic Methods. She has also taught on the distance learning MSc in Epidemiology: Principles and Practice on Research Planning, Scientific Reporting and Refereeing.
Lynda directed an IUSSP/UNFPA funded project developing distance based learning teaching in demographic methods and these materials are available as open access via the IUSSP website and she has developed these into a DL Masters course at LSHTM, whihc was launched in October 2016.
Lynda has supervised numerous PhD students and currently has students studying the health of the children of sex workers in South Africa, the effects of urbanisation and migration on chronic disease health outcomes in India, and the health and service use of older people in India.
Lynda specialises in family demography, mainly in developed countries but also has ongoing work in South Africa. She is particularly interested in family circumstances and health and the policy implications of family change.
Her research combines quantitative and qualitative methods. Her recent work includes men's health and fatherhood in a high HIV area of South Africa, fatherhood in South Asian families in London and Sheffield and a study of young offenders in Britain and a comparative study of fathers in prison in the USA and Britain. Previous work includes studies of grandparenthood, fatherhood, childlessness, teenage pregnancy, fertility patterns, childbearing intentions, child health, women's health, men's health and mothers' work and childcare.