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Dr Hugh Waddington

BSc MA PhD

Assistant Professor

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London International Development Centre

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+447779261108

I am an economist by training with advanced degrees in development economics and environmental health. I specialise in policy research on topics like water, sanitation and hygiene, governance and agriculture using methods like impact evaluation, systematic review and meta-analysis. I set up the Systematic Reviews Programme and London Office of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), based at London International Development Centre. I was seconded to 3ie's Impact Evaluation Office as Senior Evaluation Specialist in New Delhi (2014-16). I was also elected Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration International Development Coordinating Group (2014-19), and continue as an editor with Campbell Systematic Reviews. Previously, I was employed for two years in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) of the Government of Rwanda (2006-2008). I have also been employed at the World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department (now Independent Evaluation Group) in Washington D.C., the UK National Audit Office, and the Poverty Research Unit at Sussex University. I have consulted or conducted assignments for the Department for International Development, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the International Finance Corporation, Save the Children UK, and Sightsavers. My education includes BSc Economics from the University of York, MA Development Economics from the University of Sussex and PhD from LSHTM.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Global Health Economics Centre

Teaching

I co-direct London International Development Centre's short course on Programme Evaluation for Development, and am tutor and a Module Organiser (academic year 2021/22) on WASH215 Distance Learning. I also lecture on Environment, Health and Sustainable Development MSc Module, and lead seminars on Introduction to Health Economics MSc module.

Research

My main interest is in policy research that makes a difference to people's lives. I have led or contributed to research on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); microcredit; maternal and child health and nutrition; decentralisation and governance in education, health and social protection; agricultural extension and adult education; and aid effectiveness. What links my research is a focus on quantitative methods of impact evaluation (randomised field trials, quasi-experiments, natural experiments and observational studies), critical appraisal of research (including risk of bias), systematic review and meta-analysis, and the use of theory-based approaches.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Hygiene
Sanitation
Statistical methods
Water
Agriculture
Behaviour change
Environmental Health
Evaluation
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Randomised controlled trials
Education
Discipline
Development studies
Economics
Epidemiology
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Malnutrition
Country
Bangladesh
Ghana
India
Rwanda
Region
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

What have we learned after ten years of systematic reviews in international development?
Waddington H; Masset E; Jimenez E
2018
Journal of Development Effectiveness
ROBINS-I: a tool for assessing risk of bias in non-randomised studies of interventions.
Sterne JA; Hernán MA; Reeves BC; Savović J; Berkman ND; Viswanathan M; Henry D; Altman DG; Ansari MT; Boutron I
2016
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Farmer field schools: From agricultural extension to adult education
Waddington H; White H; Anderson J
2014
Systematic review summary
How to do a good systematic review of effects in international development: a tool kit
Waddington H; White H; Snilstveit B; Hombrados JG; Vojtkova M; Davies P; Bhavsar A; Eyers J; Koehlmoos TP; Petticrew M
2012
Journal of Development Effectiveness
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