Laura  Sochas

Laura Sochas

PhD candidate

Department of Social Policy

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Key Expertise
Health inequalities, Maternal and newborn health, Causal inference, GIS

About me

Research topic:

A social justice approach to explaining maternal health inequalities in Zambia

Laura is a PhD candidate in Demography/Population Studies. Laura researches maternal and newborn health inequalities in Zambia for her PhD, as part of her broader interest in the impact of social policies and social exclusion on health inequalities. Her PhD research uses mixed methods, including innovative multi-level models, GIS, and narrative interviews. She also takes a critical interest in the use of data and indicators in global health, and has collaborated or led on several studies related to this theme, such as developing a method to measure indirect deaths during global health epidemics and analysing interviewer effects on abortion reporting. She will submit her PhD in the first quarter of 2020.

Prior to starting her PhD, Laura worked in international development for seven years, mainly in global health. She holds an MSc in Social Research Methods and a Masters in Public Administration (International development), both from LSE. She is French-American and has lived and/or worked in many Sub-Saharan African countries, including Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria and Zambia.

Supervisors: Dr Tiziana Leone, Professor Ernestina Coast


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Expertise Details

Health inequalities; Maternal and newborn health; Causal inference; GIS; Multi-level models; Bayesian modelling; In-depth interviews