Professor Hannah Kuper
I am the Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, a research group at LSHTM that works to expand the research and teaching activities of LSHTM in the field of global disability.
I am the co-research director of the FCDO-funded PENDA grant, which will undertake 10 impact evaluation of disability inclusive development programmes in resource poor settings.
My main research interest is disability in low and middle income countries, with a particular focus on access to healthcare for people with disabilities and measuring the effectiveness of development interventions.
I co-founded the Missing Billion Initiative, which focuses on improving access to healthcare for people with disabilities globally, by working with governments, donors, healthcare systems and people with disabilities. https://www.themissingbillion.org/
I have an undergraduate degree from Oxford University in Human Sciences and a doctorate from Harvard University in epidemiology. I have worked at LSHTM since 2002. I joined as a member of the International Centre for Eye Health, undertaking research into the prevalence, impact and control of blindness. I also focussed on other types of impairments, and on quantitative research about disability. I was the co-director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability 2010-2017, and the director since 2017.
I organise the MSc Study Unit on "Global Disability and Health" and am course leader for our MOOC on the same topic. I also lecture on Disability on various MSc courses and the Diploma of Tropical Nursing.
In addition, I contribute to the Public Health in Eye Care and Epidemiology MSc course through supervising students, giving lectures, and taking part in the examination and MSc board meetings. I am also one of the organisers for the Basic Epidemiology study unit.
I currently the lead supervisor for three PhD students. Goli Hashemi is conducting research on access to health services among people with disabilities. Jane Wilbur is investigating the feasibility and acceptability of a menstrual hygiene management programme for women with intellectual disabilities in Nepal. Danae Rodrigues is investigating access to healthcare for people with disabilities in Chile.
I am also the lead supervisor for two DrPH students. Anthony Duttine is investigating the development of parent training programmes for the parents of children with Congenital Zika Syndrome in Brazil. Satish Mishra is assessing how to strengthen rehabilitation policies and capacity.
I am the Director of the International Centre for Evidence on Disability.
My main research interest is in the epidemiological study of disability in low and middle income countries, particularly through the conduct of intervention studies. I am the lead investigator on a large DFID funded project to evaluate the impact of disability inclusive development programmes in low and middle income countries, working together with Professor Tom Shakespeare and other colleagues.
There are three main strands to my research:
1. Assessment of the prevalence of disability and impairments, including in children, and development of new methods in undertaking these surveys (e.g. use of mobile technologies).
2. Investigation of the health and rehabilitation needs of people with disabilities, and how these can be met in low resources settings.
3. Research on the relationship between poverty and disability, and the potential role of social protection in breaking this cycle.
I am also working on a range of projects investigating the social and economic impact of Congenital Zika Syndrome in Brazil, and how the impact can be mitigated through the development of parent support programmes.
I support partners in LSHTM and externally to integrate consideration of disability into their research.
I am committed to conducting research which will help improve the practice of government and NGO agencies in providing effective services for people with disabilities and their families.