Helen Elsey BA, MCommH, PhD, FFPH

Appointment: Lecturer in International Health, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds

Areas of Interest: the evaluation of public health interventions, particularly those focusing on reducing risks to health and well-being among disadvantaged groups. Current work focuses on reducing risks due to tobacco in South Asia and the UK; urban health in South Asia and improving offender health in the UK. 

Themes of gender, equity and participation cut across all these areas of work.

Background: After working with the non-governmental sector in community development across Africa, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS for over ten years, Helen studied public health as a postgraduate at the LSTM. Her PhD at University of Southampton studied participation in community health programmes in a regeneration area in the UK. Following several years as a senior research fellow in Southampton, Helen began her public health speciality training in the Yorkshire and Humber region in 2009. As part of this training, Helen specialised in global public health, spend over a year with an NGO (HERD) in Nepal undertaking research on areas such as tobacco cessation, urban health, MDR TB. In her new role with the Nuffield, Helen continues to work in Nepal as well as with the other partner organisations involved in the COMDIS-HSD consortium .