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Dr Ernestina Coast is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Development. Her research is multidisciplinary and positioned at an intersection of social science approaches including health, gender and development. As a social scientist with training in demography and anthropology, her research uses mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) to understand the inter-relationships between social context and health-related behaviours, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health. She is the Principal Investigator of “Improving adolescent access to contraception and safe abortion in sub-Saharan Africa” and is the thematic lead for sexual and reproductive health on “Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence”. Dr Coast has acted as adviser to a number of organisations, including DFID, UNAIDS, Marie Stopes International and DANIDA, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC).
Dr Coast supervises PhD students working on health-related topics in a range of countries, and is the Programme Director for the MSc in Health & International Development. Dr Coast served as a member of the WHO Guideline Development Group for Maternal and Newborn Health (2014-16) and is a Board Member of the Guttmacher Institute.
Hammoudeh, Doaa and Coast, Ernestina and Lewis, David and Rabaia, Yoke and Leone, Tiziana and Giacaman, Rita (2017) Age of despair or age of hope? Palestinian women's perspectives on midlife health. Social Science & Medicine, 184. pp. 108-115. ISSN 0277-9536
Coast, Ernestina and Murray, Susan (2016) "These things are dangerous": understanding induced abortion trajectories in urban Zambia. Social Science & Medicine, 153. pp. 201-209. ISSN 0277-9536
Coast, Ernestina and Jones, Eleri and Lattof, Samantha R. and Portela, Anayda (2016) Effectiveness of interventions to provide culturally-appropriate maternity care in increasing uptake of skilled maternity care: a systematic review. Health Policy and Planning, 31 (10). pp. 1479-1491. ISSN 0268-1080
Randall, Sara and Coast, Ernestina (2015) Poverty in African households: the limits of survey representations. Journal of Development Studies, 51 (2). pp. 162-177. ISSN 0022-0388
Coast, Ernestina and Leone, Tiziana and Hirose, Atsumi and Jones, Eleri (2012) Poverty and postnatal depression: a systematic mapping of the evidence from low and lower middle income countries. Health and Place, 18 (5). pp. 1188-1197. ISSN 1353-8292
Coast, Ernestina (2006) Local understandings of, and responses to, HIV: rural–urban migrants in Tanzania. Social Science and Medicine, 63 (4). 1000 -1010. ISSN 0277-9536
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