Trudy Harpham

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After gaining a first class degree in geography and a PhD in urban geography/environmental psychology, Professor Harpham moved into public health to develop her specialty of urban health in developing countries.

She was at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 1984-1994 and moved to London South Bank University to become Professor of Urban Development and Policy.

She co-authored “In the shadow of the city: Health and the urban poor in developing countries” (1988) and “Healthy cities in developing countries” (1998) and co-edited “Urban health in developing countries: Progress and prospects” (1995), “Urbanization and mental health in developing countries” (1995) and “Social Capital and Mental Health” (2006). She has over a hundred publications in international, peer-reviewed journals and some of her articles are the most cited in the particular journal (e.g. a paper on how to measure social capital in health surveys published in Health Policy and Planning). She has attracted over USD 2m from research funders such as the UK Department For International Development, EC, WHO, and the US National Institutes of Health. Thirty students graduated from her urban health PhD programme.

Her research and consultancies have covered sub-Saharan Africa (e.g. South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, and Nigeria), Latin America (e.g. Brazil, Colombia) and Asia (e.g. India, Thailand, Vietnam).

Professor Harpham’s interests cover environmental health, health services research, health policy, mental health and the social determinants of urban health. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods and is an applied researcher who is interested in getting research into policy and practice. She has 25 years’ experience of teaching evaluation, research methods and public health in developing countries at postgraduate level.

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