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Dr Rachel Scott

BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor

Room
148

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7612 7912

After completing a BSc in Human Sciences at UCL and an MSc in Demography at LSHTM, I spent two years working at Inserm (the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research), in Paris and King's College London. During my time at Inserm I was part of the research group on Gender, Sexuality and Health, and carried out a qualitative analysis of representations of abortion in West Africa. At King's I worked on several studies exploring sexual and reproductive health among young people in London, including the recruitment of participants for an intervention trial investigating the effect of post-abortion contraceptive counselling on contraceptive uptake and repeat abortion. I returned to LSHTM in 2012 to pursue a PhD in the Department of Population Health.

Affiliations

Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

I teach on the MSc modules Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH) and Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (SME), Research Design and Analysis (RDA) and Current Issues in Safe Motherhood (CISM).

Research

My PhD research compared the conception and abortion rates among young people in Britain and France, to better understand why these rates are so different between the two countries. It focussed on socioeconomic disadvantage and whether its effects are different in Britain compared to France. 

Currently I am working on several projects focussing mainly on young people and sexual and reproductive health, using qualitative and quantitive approaches. These include analyses of underreporting of abortions in surveys in the UK, US and France, and a qualitative study exploring young women's experiences of contraception and conceptualisations of pregnancy scares in England.

Research Area
Health inequalities
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Gender
Discipline
Anthropology
Demography
Sociology
Social Sciences
Region
European Union
North America

Selected Publications

What and how: doing good research with young people, digital intimacies, and relationships and sex education.
Scott RH; Smith C; Formby E; Hadley A; Hallgarten L; Hoyle A; Marston C; McKee A; Tourountsis D
2020
SEX EDUCATION-SEXUALITY SOCIETY AND LEARNING
Trends in sexual activity and demand for and use of modern contraceptive methods in 74 countries: a retrospective analysis of nationally representative surveys.
Slaymaker E; Scott RH; Palmer MJ; Palla L; Marston M; Gonsalves L; Say L; Wellings K
2020
The Lancet Global Health
Conducting sexualities research: an outline of emergent issues and case studies from ten Wellcome-funded projects
Kneale D; French R; Spandler H; Young I; Purcell C; Boden Z; Brown SD; Callwood D; Carr S; Dymock A
2019
Wellcome Open Research
Comparing reporting of abortions in three nationally representative surveys: methodological and contextual influences.
Scott RH; Bajos N; Wellings K; Slaymaker E
2019
BMJ sexual & reproductive health
Setting the research agenda for induced abortion in Africa and Asia.
Scott RH; Filippi V; Moore AM; Acharya R; Bankole A; Calvert C; Church K; Cresswell JA; Footman K; Gleason J
2018
International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics
Changes in conceptions in women younger than 18 years and the circumstances of young mothers in England in 2000-12: an observational study.
Wellings K; Palmer MJ; Geary RS; Gibson LJ; Copas A; Datta J; Glasier A; Scott RH; Mercer CH; Erens B
2016
Lancet
Need for a global obstetric fistula training strategy.
Rushwan H; Khaddaj S; Knight L; Scott R
2012
International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics
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