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Dr Alex De Figueiredo

MSci MSc PhD

Research Fellow

Room
258d

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a Research Fellow at LSHTM and Statistics Lead at the Vaccine Confidence Project™. I hold a PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College, where I was also an EPSRC Prize Fellow.

My research focuses on using (mainly) Bayesian methods to solve problems at the intersection of public health and vaccine confidence and vaccine acceptance. I am particularly interested in novel methods to infer vaccine confidence at national and sub-national levels; estimating and forecasting vaccine coverage rates for COVID-19 vaccines and routine childhood immunisation programmes; and the social and demographic determinants of vaccine confidence and acceptance.

I have worked extensively on large-scale surveys at global, national, and -- more recently -- sub-national scales, where my recent research seeks to understand local heterogeneities in vaccine acceptance.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Teaching

I current teach on the following courses on the MSc Medical Statistics programme:

  • Introduction to Bayes
  • Probability
  • Survival analysis and Bayesian statistics
  • Advanced statistical methods.

I am a module organiser for:

  • Introduction to Bayes
  • Survival analysis and Bayesian statistics.
I am a course organiser for:
  • ICEMS 2023.

I take an active role in supervising, tutoring, and line-managing LSHTM staff. Each year I take on ¬2 students for Master's degree dissertation projects. If you are interested in doing a dissertation with me, please do get in touch.

Research

Much of my recent research has focussed on the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, I have first author publications that:

  • Estimate global trends in COVID-19 vaccine confidence and acceptance with an exploration of the socio-demographic determinants of vaccine confidence (see here and here)
  • Evaluate the impact of COVID-19 vaccine passports on inclination to accept COVID-19 vaccines in the UK (see here)
  • Forecast COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the UK (before vaccine rollout began) (see here).
Research Area
Health policy
Social and structural determinants of health
Bayesian Analysis
Equity
Global Health
Immunisation
Spatial analysis
Modelling
Discipline
Epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Mathematical modelling
Statistics
Region
European Union
World

Selected Publications

The Unintended Consequences of COVID-19 Vaccine Policy: Why Mandates, Passports, and Segregated Lockdowns May Cause more Harm than Good
Bardosh K; Figueiredo AD; Gur-Arie R; Jamrozik E; Doidge JJ; Lemmens T; Keshavjee S; Graham J; Baral S
2022
SSRN Electronic Journal
Exploratory study of the global intent to accept COVID-19 vaccinations.
de Figueiredo A; Larson HJ
2021
Communications Medicine
Measuring the impact of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on vaccination intent in the UK and USA.
Loomba S; de Figueiredo A; Piatek SJ; de Graaf K; Larson HJ
2021
Nature human behaviour
Monitoring global trends in Covid-19 vaccination intention and confidence: a social media-based deep learning study
Zhou X; de Figueiredo A; Xu Q; Lin L; Kummervold P; Larson H; Jit M; Hou Z
2021
medRxiv
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