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Dr Sarah Walters

MSc PhD

Associate Professor
of Demography

Room
Room 150

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
02079272091

Project webpage: www.lshtm.ac.uk/aph

My background is in African history and demography. I have a BA in history (Cambridge), MSc in Demography and Health (LSHTM) and PhD in African historical demography (Cambridge). I conducted my PhD at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, with fieldwork in East Africa. 

I have worked at LSHTM since 2008, including a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical History and Humanities (2011-14), and leading the CRUK-funded Cancer Policy Programme (2014-17).

 

Affiliations

Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
History in Public Health

Teaching

I teach on the MSc Demography and Health. I co-organise the module 'Population, Dynamics and Projections', and contribute to the modules 'Poverty, Population and Environment' and 'Analysing Survey and Population Data'.

Research

I work on demographic trends and estimation, with a particular focus on Africa. I lead the Counting Souls project, which aims to improve the evidence base for long-term demographic trends in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. I am also currently working on a project about the use of machine learning to extract demographic microdata in Africa, and research on ageing in Africa and the UK. 

I am interested in how ideas about reproduction, health and the family change over time, and how ideational change can be measured and expressed in demography. My work is interdisciplinary – at the interface between demography, anthropology and history. I enjoy finding creative synergies between disciplines and seeing how this enables critical thinking in public health, as well as exploring the challenges of this way of working.

I worked for several years at the Cancer Survival Group on measuring and explaining inequalities in cancer survival both within the UK, and internationally, and later leading the the CRUK Cancer Policy Programme. I have an ongoing interest in global health equity and social inequalities in health, and the relationship between research and policy.

Research Area
Ageing
Health inequalities
Public health history
Social and structural determinants of health
Fertility
International comparisons
Discipline
Anthropology
Demography
Epidemiology
History
Disease and Health Conditions
Cancer
Country
United Kingdom
Malawi
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World