Ms Judith Lieber
Research Degree Student
I began my ESRC-funded Demography PhD in 2016 in the Department of Population Health and Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology of LSHTM. Previously I attained degrees in Demography and Health (MSc, LSHTM - funded by the Population Investigation Committee's Studentship Scheme) and Biomedical Science (BSc, King's College London). Between my BSc and MSc, I worked as a research assistant on the Mechanisms of Severe Acute Influenza Consortium (MOSAIC) project at Imperial College London.
The wellbeing of older people is a concern of mine, which has led me volunteer with local organisations such as South London Cares and Magic Me, who aim to tackle loneliness and isolation in London's older population.
My research interests lie in the population ageing of low and middle-income countries, in particular, the potential impact of sociodemographic trends on the social support available to older people and their subsequent health and wellbeing outcomes.
My PhD focuses on India and is composed of both primary qualitative data collection and analysis, and quantitative secondary data analysis. The aim is to characterise the current system of old-age support in India, and assess its trends and influence on older people’s health. Between April and July 2018 I undertook qualitative research in Chennai and surrounding villages, whilst on placement at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.