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Sabu S Padmadas

Professor of Demography and Global Health, University of Southampton

Sabu Padmadas is Professor of Demography and Global Health at the Department of Demography and Social Statistics, and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy at the University of Southampton.

His scientific contributions over the last 18 years have focused mainly on the demography of health and wellbeing in low income and transition economies, with a focus on family planning and reproductive and child health in India, China, Brazil, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and sub-Saharan Africa. He has extensive expertise in the analysis of large population and health surveys, evaluation of population health programmes and on the applications of population projections, life course, multistate event history and multilevel modelling.

He joined the University of Southampton in 2002 as Lecturer in Demography after completing his doctoral and post-doctoral research at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. A major achievement of his career has been the evaluation research of a large-scale UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) Reproductive Health/Family Planning programme, jointly with two ministries of the Government of China.

He led the UK-ESRC funded Pathfinder collaborative analysis of microdata resources research programmes that examined inequalities health care outcomes in Brazil and India, social and gender inequalities in wellbeing of migrants in urban China and was co-investigator of a research that examined the migration impact of health and wellbeing of the left-behind populations in China and South Africa, jointly with a vibrant team of researchers from 12 international research institutions.

Professor Padmadas has published over 50 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals. In 2010, he received the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to curriculum innovation and high quality teaching at the University.


  • –present
    Professor of Demography and Global Health, University of Southampton


Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award, Southampton Student Union Award for Excellence in Teaching