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Professor Val Curtis

BSc MSc PhD

Professor

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Room 402

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
00 44 20 7927 2628

Director of the Environmental Health Group, a multidisciplinary group researching hygiene, sanitation and water (WASH). Trained in engineering, epidemiology and anthropology and studies human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective. 

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

Organiser of the Design of Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries MSc Module. Teaches on the Tropical Environmental Health Study Module and gives an annual public health lecture at LSHTM. Contributes to Global Health Masters courses at Imperial College.

Research

Researches hygiene, disgust and behaviour. Co-developed Behaviour Centred Design. which combines the latest in behavioural science with a process for designing and testing novel interventions. BCD has been used to promote handwashing, food hygiene, infant nutrition sanitation and exercise in Africa, Asia and in Europe. SuperAmma is a recent handwashing promotion programme in India. 

TED talk on how behaviour settings control what we do.

Author of "Don't Look, Don't Touch, the Science behind Revulsion" (OUP, 2014) about the evolution and function of disgust and its relationship to morality. She discusses why this matters in this Huffington post interview.

Co-Author of "Gaining Control: How Human Behaviour Evolved" also with OUP (2015)

Cofounder of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap,  partnership committee member of the Toilet Board Coalition and advisor on Behaviour Change to  public and private sector organisations.

Research Area
Hygiene
Sanitation
Water
Behaviour change
Discipline
Anthropology
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases

Selected Publications

Hygiene and health: systematic review of handwashing practices worldwide and update of health effects.
Freeman, M.C.; Stocks, M.E.; Cumming, O.; Jeandron, A.; Higgins, J.P.; Wolf, J.; Prüss-Ustün, A.; Bonjour, S.; Hunter, P.R.; Fewtrell, L.; Curtis, V.;
Trop Med Int Health
Effect of a behaviour-change intervention on handwashing with soap in India (SuperAmma): a cluster-randomised trial.
Biran, A. ; Schmidt, W.P. ; Varadharajan, K.S. ; Rajaraman, D. ; Kumar, R. ; Greenland, K. ; Gopalan, B. ; Aunger, R. ; Curtis, V. ;
Lancet Glob Health
Disgust as an adaptive system for disease avoidance behaviour.
Curtis, V.; de Barra, M.; Aunger, R.;
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci
Planned, motivated and habitual hygiene behaviour: an eleven country review.
Curtis, V.A.; Danquah, L.O.; Aunger, R.V.;
Health Educ Res
Masters of Marketing: Bringing Private Sector Skills to Public Health Partnerships.
Curtis, V.A.; Garbrah-Aidoo, N.; Scott, B.;
Am J Public Health
See all Professor Val Curtis's Publications