Professor Charlotte Watts

PhD FMedSci

, Social and Mathematical Epidemiology

Faculty of Public Health and Policy

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2412

Charlotte Watts is Head of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group and founder of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre, in the Department for Global Health and Development. Originally trained as a mathematician, with further training in epidemiology, economics and social science methods, she has twenty years experience in international HIV and violence research, and brings a strong multi-disciplinary perspective to the complex challenge of addressing HIV and violence against women.  

Charlotte has more than 140 publications in peer reviewed journals, and manages a large portolio of research, including research director of the DFID funded STRIVE structural drivers HIV drivers Research Programme Consortium, and Chair of the Expert Working Group to Assess the Global Burden of Inter-Personal Violence. She was a Core Research Team Member for the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence, and a senior researcher on the IMAGE violence prevention study in South Africa. She has served on Expert Consultations for UNAIDS, WHO, the World Bank, and UNICEF, was a member of the co-ordinating committee for the US Institute of Medicine on the contaigon on violence, and has been on the Track C organising committee for several International AIDS conferences. 

She is a member of the Peer Review Board for the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and has reviewed grants for NIH, the UK MRC, the South African MRC, CIMH, and the EU. 


Department of Global Health and Development


Charlotte organises the Global Health Lecture Series, LSHTM's flagship lecture series, that aims to give MSc students an overview of current debates in Global Health. She is a tutor on the Control of Infectious Diseases (CIDS) MSc, and lectures on the AIDS study module. She leads a new one week course on Gender Based Violence Research: methods and meaning, that is offered annually.


Much of my research aims to provide evidence on how to reduce women's vulnerability to HIV and to violence, and address the structural forces that help shape their vulnerability. My research draws on my multi-disciplinary background and the expertise of researchers in the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group, with a focus on bringing together the appropriate disciplines and research expertise to conduct rigorous research that can be used to inform change. 

My current research projects span many aspects of violence and HIV, and include randomised controlled trials of community focused violence and HIV prevention programmes in Uganda, Tanzania, and Cote DIvoire, global assessments of the health burden of interpersonal violence, mathematical modelling of HIV and rape in conflict affected settings, economic evaulations of the integrated delivery of HIV and reproductive health services in Kenya, Swaziland and Malawi, and modelling analyses of the potential impact and optimal introduction strategies for new female initiated HIV prevention technologies, such as microbicides. 

More information about this research is available on the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group Website (


Research Area
Public health
Disease and Health Conditions

Selected Publications

Global health. The global prevalence of intimate partner violence against women.
Devries, K.M. ; Mak, J.Y. ; García-Moreno, C. ; Petzold, M. ; Child, J.C. ; Falder, G. ; Lim, S. ; Bacchus, L.J. ; Engell, R.E. ; Rosenfeld, L. ; Pallitto, C. ; Vos, T. ; Abrahams, N. ; Watts, C.H. ;
The global prevalence of intimate partner homicide: a systematic review.
Stöckl, H. ; Devries, K. ; Rotstein, A. ; Abrahams, N. ; Campbell, J. ; Watts, C. ; Moreno, C.G. ;
Cash transfers for HIV prevention: considering their potential.
Heise, L. ; Lutz, B. ; Ranganathan, M. ; Watts, C. ;
J Int AIDS Soc
A community mobilisation intervention to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV/AIDS risk in Kampala, Uganda (the SASA! Study): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial.
Abramsky, T. ; Devries, K. ; Kiss, L. ; Francisco, L. ; Nakuti, J. ; Musuya, T. ; Kyegombe, N. ; Starmann, E. ; Kaye, D. ; Michau, L. ; Watts, C. ;
What factors are associated with recent intimate partner violence? findings from the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence.
Abramsky, T. ; Watts, C.H. ; Garcia-Moreno, C. ; Devries, K. ; Kiss, L. ; Ellsberg, M. ; Jansen, H.A. ; Heise, L. ;
BMC Public Health
Understanding the Impact of a Microfinance-Based Intervention on Women's Empowerment and the Reduction of Intimate Partner Violence in South Africa.
Kim, J.C.; Watts, C.H.; Hargreaves, J.R.; Ndhlovu, L.X.; Phetla, G.; Morison, L.A.; Busza, J.; Porter, J.D.; Pronyk, P.;
Am J Public Health
Prevalence of intimate partner violence: findings from the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence.
Garcia-Moreno, C.; Jansen, H.A.; Ellsberg, M.; Heise, L.; Watts, C.H.; WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women Study Team, .;
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