Professor of Population Health, Loughborough University

Paula Griffiths is Professor of Population Health (0.8 FTE) and leads Loughborough University’s global research challenge in health and wellbeing at Loughborough University, UK and she is also honorary Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her research focuses on inequalities in health outcomes in low and middle income countries and community strategies to reduce these, particularly in India, Kenya, Ghana, Peru & South Africa. Her current research focuses on 1) Feasibility of incorporating care for child development messages into the baby friendly community initiative in rural Kenya, 2) Leading a global nutrition network on complementary and responsive feeding in sub-Saharan Africa, 3) drivers of food choice in urban populations in urban Kenya and Ghana, 4) Development of baby friendly community and workplace interventions to support optimal infant growth and development in Kenya, 5) Supporting optimal infant feeding in Peru, 6) Food Security among Massai women in Kenya, and 7) Extreme climate events and their influence on health service provision in Ghana. She also chairs the scientific advisory group for the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Slums working in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh. As a Social Scientist Professor Griffiths brings expertise to global development projects that facilitates the understanding of the social contexts in which people live and how these influence their behaviours and uptake of interventions designed to improve growth and development of infants and young children in populations living in resource poor settings. Griffiths has shared these skills with 15 completed PhD students (over half of these are international students) during her career as well as mentoring early career postdoctoral researchers through training fellowships and sponsoring mid-career scientists in Aurora Leadership Programmes.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Population Health, Loughborough University

Education

  • 1999 
    University of Southampton, PhD Demography/ Social Statistics