Keenan, Katherine

Dr Katherine Keenan  


Position held

Research Officer


Experience keywords:

Russia; abortion; alcohol consumption; epidemiology; family processes, demography; qualitative methods

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Currently I am working on an ERC funded project entitled 'Famhealth' led by Professor Emily Grundy. The project investigates how family life courses influence health and well-being in later adulthood, using data from different European countries.

Previously I worked and studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Most of my previous research relates to health in post-Soviet countries, particularly Russia. I completed my PhD thesis on the longitudinal relationship between alcohol use and family processes in Russia.

For the last few years I have been involved with qualitative research exploring the social context of male heavy drinking in the Urals, Russia. I also have a longstanding interest in fertility and abortion, and have conducted research into sex-selective abortion in the Caucasus region.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:


Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe; post-Soviet countries particularly Russia


Russian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+ 44 (0) 203 486 2908



Keenan, Katherine and Foverskov, Else and Grundy, Emily (2015) Data sources on the older population in Europe: comparison of the generations and gender survey (GGS) and the survey of health, ageing and retirement in Europe (SHARE) Population: Édition Française . ISSN 0032-4663

Keenan, Katherine and Saburova, Lyudmila and Bobrova, Natalia and Elbourne, Diana and Ashwin, Sarah and Leon, David A. (2015) Social factors influencing Russian male alcohol use over the life course: a qualitative study investigating age based social norms, masculinity, and workplace context PLOS One, 10 (11). e0142993. ISSN 1932-6203


Keenan, Katherine and Kenward, Michael G. and Grundy, Emily and Leon, David A. (2014) The impact of alcohol consumption on patterns of union formation in Russia 1998–2010: an assessment using longitudinal data Population Studies: A Journal of Demography, 68 (3). 283-303. ISSN 0032-4728

Keenan, Katherine and Grundy, Emily and Kenward, Michael G. and Leon, David A. (2014) Women's risk of repeat abortions is strongly associated with alcohol consumption: a longitudinal analysis of a Russian national panel study, 1994–2009 PLoS ONE, 9 (3). e90356. ISSN 1932-6203


Keenan, Katherine and Kenward, Michael G. and Grundy, Emily and Leon, David. A. (2013) Longitudinal prediction of divorce in Russia: the role of individual and couple drinking patterns Alcohol and Alcoholism, 48 (6). 737-742. ISSN 0735-0414

Dissing, Agnete S. and Gil, Artyom and Keenan, Katherine and McCambridge, Jim and McKee, Martin and Oralov, Alexey and Saburova, Lyudmila and Leon, David A. (2013) Alcohol consumption and self-reported (SF12) physical and mental health among working-aged men in a typical Russian city: a cross-sectional study Addiction, 108 (11). 1905-1914. ISSN 0965-2140


Leon, David. A. and Keenan, Katherine (2012) Commentary: alcohol, child development and harm to others: a 'hard' problem International Journal of Epidemiology, 41 (4). 1097-1100. ISSN 0300-5771


Saburova, Lyudmila and Keenan, Katherine and Bobrova, Natalia and Leon, David A. and Elbourne, Diana (2011) Alcohol and fatal life trajectories in Russia: understanding narrative accounts of premature male death in the family BMC Public Health, 11 (1). 481. ISSN 1471-2458

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