Professor of Global Health and Social Statistics, University of Southampton

Originally a statistician and demographer, Prof Matthews’ current work focuses mainly on international health - specialising in health systems with a particular focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. She has worked in this field for over 20 years. More recently she has worked on interdisciplinary research in connection with climate change, environmental effects on wellbeing, and links with renewable energy.
• During 2015 Prof Matthews worked for 4 months at UNFPA (HQ) in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch working on the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women and Childrens Health, Adolescent Health and SDG indicators for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights.
• From 2011-2015 Prof Matthews worked on a five year DFID-funded programme called ‘Evidence for Action for maternal and newborn health’ based in six African countries. See the Mamaye websites
• She served as Head of the Division of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton. Previous to this she worked at both the World Health Organisation (as team leader for monitoring and evaluation at ‘Making Pregnancy Safer, Geneva) and the UK Department for International Development (as statistical adviser to the AIDS and reproductive health policy team).


  • 2008–present
    Professor, University of Southampton