Miss Ursula Gazeley

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Epidemiology & Population Health

United Kingdom

My research focuses predominantly on the measurement of maternal mortality and morbidity in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of maternal mortality/morbidity is greatest. I conduct mixed-methods research to contribute to improvements in maternal health in high-burden settings, with experience in epidemiology, demographic methods, and qualitative research.

I have worked with colleagues at the WHO on maternal mortality estimation and global cause of death estimates. Before my PhD, I worked with IDinsight in India, South Africa, and Ghana on health programme monitoring & evaluation and implementation research.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


I have run the PASS scheme to help students with Basic Epidemiology and Statistics for Basic Epidemiology (STEPH) courses. I have also helped teach Demographic Methods/ Population Dynamics and Projections MSc courses.


- Women's long-term outcomes in the extended postpartum period after pregnancy and childbirth – including women's risk of death beyond 42 days, causes of death beyond 42 days, and women's long-term outcomes after severe maternal morbidity "maternal near miss" complications.
- Estimation of the cumulative burden of maternal morbidity across women's reproductive life course – the "lifetime risk of maternal near miss"
- Adolescent perinatal mental health
Research Area
Maternal health
Reproductive health
Population health
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
South Asia

Selected Publications

Postpartum recovery after severe maternal morbidity in Kilifi, Kenya: a grounded theory of recovery trajectories beyond 42 days.
GAZELEY, U; Ochieng, MC; Wanje, O; Koech Etyang, A; Mwashigadi, G; Barreh, N; Kombo, AM; Bakari, M; Maitha, G; Silverio, SA; Temmerman, M; Magee, L; Von Dadelszen, P; FILIPPI, V; PRECISE Network,;
BMJ global health
Lifetime risk of maternal near miss morbidity: a novel indicator of maternal health.
GAZELEY, U; Polizzi, A; Romero-Prieto, JE; ABURTO, JM; RENIERS, G; FILIPPI, V;
International journal of epidemiology
Pregnancy-related mortality up to 1 year postpartum in sub-Saharan Africa: an analysis of verbal autopsy data from six countries.
GAZELEY, U; RENIERS, G; Romero-Prieto, JE; CALVERT, C; JASSEH, M; Herbst, K; Khagayi, S; Obor, D; Kwaro, D; Dube, A; Dheresa, M; Kabudula, CW; Kahn, K; Urassa, M; Nyaguara, A; Temmerman, M; Magee, LA; Von Dadelszen, P; FILIPPI, V;
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Women's risk of death beyond 42 days post partum: a pooled analysis of longitudinal Health and Demographic Surveillance System data in sub-Saharan Africa.
GAZELEY, U; RENIERS, G; Eilerts-Spinelli, H; Prieto, JR; JASSEH, M; Khagayi, S; FILIPPI, V;
The Lancet Global Health
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