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Professor Val Curtis

BSc MSc PhD

Professor

Room
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

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

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

The structure and function of pathogen disgust.
Curtis V; de Barra M
2018
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological sciences
Trial of a Novel Intervention to Improve Multiple Food Hygiene Behaviors in Nepal.
Gautam OP; Schmidt WP; Cairncross S; Cavill S; Curtis V
2017
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
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