Paula Griffiths

Professor of Population Health

Paula Griffiths

I am a Professor in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and I am the academic lead for the university’s Global Challenge in Health and Wellbeing.

My research targets reducing health inequalities in low and middle-income countries around the world and translate research into impact.

For example, my research in collaboration with Dr Liz Kimani and her team at the African Population and Health Research Centre has contributed to improving community-based health services to the poorest households in Kenya and has produced evidence that optimal feeding practices can be improved through these types of low-cost interventions that the Kenyan Ministry of Health is using to shape its Baby Friendly Community Initiative programme. 

I also teach and supervise undergraduate dissertations and PhD students, which is one of my favourite activities because I enjoy nurturing the next generation of scientists. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time with my family including my five-year-old son, and I enjoy going to the theatre, walking and viewing wildlife around the world. The highlight has been seeing the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

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