Dr Pauline Scheelbeek
in Nutritional and Environmental Epidemiology
Pauline joined LSHTM in April 2016. She is trained as an epidemiologist and holds a PhD from Imperial College London in global environmental epidemiology. She worked as outbreak control epidemiologist for MSF and subsequently as (spatial) epidemiologist for the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam where she further developed her interests in health-environment interactions.
Between 2015 - 2016 Pauline worked as post-doctoral researcher for Imperial College London and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment on salinity-induced cardiovascular disease modelling as well as impact assessments of reduced meat consumption on both population health and environmental sustainability.
Pauline works - on a voluntary basis - as a statistical advisor for several NGOs based overseas, where she assists local researchers with proposal development, study designs, statistical analysis (plans) and manuscript writing.
Pauline has taught in several epidemiology, (medical and spatial) statistics, GIS, and global health modules (post- and undergraduate level) at Imperial College, UCL, LSHTM and the Free University of Amsterdam. Furthermore, she has developed several tailor-made courses in epidemiology, statistics and GIS for varying (international) audiences including health professionals, PhD-students, NGO workers, etc.
Pauline was one of the module leaders on the Imperial College BSc module "Non-Communicable Disease" (Global Health BSc) and developed for the Free University of Amsterdam 2 modules on basic and advanced medical statistics.
Pauline’s main research interest involves changing environments (including climate change) and their effects on nutrition and population health. She conducted her PhD in Bangladesh where she studied the effects of climate change (storm surges and sea water inundations) on drinking water salinity and subsequent hypertensive disorders in poor coastal communities. During her post-doctoral work, she further explored these health effects by modelling the expected stroke and CHD mortality and morbidity attributable to drinking water salinity.
Between 2008-2011 Pauline was working on the FP7-funded EO2HEAVEN project which aimed to model environment related disease risk based on a combination of remotely and in-situ collected evironmental and health data.
Between 2015 -2016 Pauline worked, together with colleagues from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, on an impact assessment of reduced meat consumption and the co-benefits this could have in the future on population health and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
To learn more about qualitative research methods, Pauline worked between 2014 - 2015 for UCL on a maternal health project within the IDEAS-programme. She studied the drivers and challenges for maternal and child health behaviour change during pregnancy and in the first months on the newborn's life.
Currently Pauline works on a Wellcome Trust funding project aiming to model the impact of multiple environmental stressors on diets, nutrition security and population health.