School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Emily Rousham studied Biological Anthropology (BAHons) at the University of Cambridge and continued at Cambridge for her doctoral research. Her PhD was conducted on the effect of anthelmintic treatment on child growth and nutrition in Bangladesh, funded by the Department for International Development and MRC. This was followed by a lectureship in Anatomy and Human Biology at The University of Western Australia. Following a career break, she returned to the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in 2004.

Emily’s research covers community-based studies of maternal and child health; the relationship between nutrition, growth and infection in children in low resource settings; social and environmental influences on health; dietary transitions in urban Africa; assessment of physical activity during pregnancy; infant and young child feeding practices; the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in low and middle income countries; understanding diagnoses of urinary tract infections among older adults in UK health settings.

Current research projects lie at the intersection of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and the social, environmental and behavioural factors that contribute to global health challenges.

Research areas

  • The emergence of antimicrobial resistance in global contexts using interdisciplinary approaches
  • Dietary transitions in African cities (Ghana and Kenya)
  • Infant and young child nutrition and development of interventions
  • Physical activity during pregnancy and health outcomes
  • Adolescent health in the Birth to Twenty cohorts in South Africa

Current Funding

  • UK Integration Group on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World 2018-2020. Funder: Natural Environment Research Council. Co-investigator for three-year UK integration group.
  • UK-Africa network to improve the nutrition of infants and young children living in poverty in urbanising sub-Saharan African’: Funder: MRC Confidence in Nutrition Network Award. Co-I Emily Rousham PI, Paula Griffiths, Loughborough University with APHRC Kenya, Malawi and the University of Sheffield. MR/R0196557/1.
  • Who gets what and when? Pathways of antibiotic use for humans and animals in Bangladesh. Funder: AMR Cross Council Initiative ES/P004563/1. Principle investigator: Emily Rousham with the University of Durham, University of Bristol.
  • Dietary transitions in Africa: leveraging evidence for interventions and policy to prevent diet-related non-communicable diseases. Funder: MRC-GCRF Foundation Award MR/P025153/1. with the University of Sheffield, the University of Ghana and African Population and Health Research Centre, Kenya. M Holdsworth (PI), Co-investigators: EK Rousham, P Griffiths, A Booth, E Kimani-Murage, AJ Barnes, A Laar, R Ayreetey, M Green, M Bohr.
  • Spatial and temporal dynamics of AMR transmission from the outdoor environment to humans in rural and urban Bangladesh. AMR Cross Council Initiative Grant NE/NO19555/1, Principle investigator: Emily Rousham. Co-investigators: P Wood, M Smith, Loughborough University.
  • Women’s Health and Wellbeing in Rapidly Urbanising environments – Mini-Centre for Doctoral Training, Loughborough University
  • Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: an Interdisciplinary Approach Funder: EPSRC. Grant no. EP/MO27341/1. Responsible for the Global Health strand of multidisciplinary research on antimicrobial resistance. Funder: EPSRC. PI: DJ Malik, Loughborough University, Co-investigators: EK Rousham, M Kimber, S Ghosh, J Ward

Partnership and Collaborations

  • Trial investigator: ‘Health and education benefits of interventions to control soil-transmitted helminths: Revisiting the evidence using individual participant data and network meta-analysis’. PI Prof Z.A. Bhutta, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Ref: OPP1140742, USD 1,422,367). June 2015-Jun 2018
  • UK Science and Innovation Network, Wellcome Trust and US Centers for Disease Control: Technical Expert and working group member, Multilateral meeting on AMR in the Environment, Vancouver, 4-5 April 2018.
  • UK Integration Group on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World 2018-2020. Funder: Natural Environment Research Council. Co-investigator for three-year UK integration group.
  • Save the Children UK- a collaborative partnership with Regional Nutrition Team for Asia.

External activities

  • UK Prevention Research Partnership, Expert Review Committee member 2018-
  • The Royal Anthropological Institute, London, Member of Council
  • Bridging the Gaps AMR Network, Core Management Team Member and Theme lead for Global Health.
  • Executive Committee, Society for the Study of Human Biology
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Hospital Infection; Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Member of: The Nutrition Society; Society for the Study of Human Biology; British Society for Population Studies; The Biosocial Society.


  •  Rousham EK, Unicomb L, Wood P, Smith M, Asaduzzaman A, Islam MA (2018) Spatial and temporal variation in the community prevalence of antibiotic resistance in Bangladesh: an integrated surveillance study protocol. BMJ Open. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023158.
  • Rousham EK, Unicomb L, Islam MA (2018). Human, animal and environmental contributors to AMR in low resource settings: behavioural, epidemiological and One Health approaches. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 285: 20180332.
  • Pradeilles R, Rousham EK, Norris SA, Keston J & Griffiths PL, (2016) Community readiness for adolescents overweight and obesity prevention is low in urban South Africa: a case study. BMC Public Health. 16(1), DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3451-9.
  • Rousham, EK and Khandakar, IU (2016) Reducing health inequalities among girls and adolescent women living in poverty: the success of Bangladesh. Annals of Human Biology 43: 115-121.
  • Pradeilles R, Griffiths PL, Norris, SA, Feeley AB, & Rousham EK. (2015). Socio-economic influences on anthropometric status in urban South African adolescents: sex differences in the Birth to Twenty Plus cohort. Public Health Nutrition 18: 2998-3012. 



You can view a fuller publications list on the University Publications Database.