Global Health research across LSE

The Global Health Initiative is LSE’s interdepartmental hub for research and collaboration in the field.

Over half of LSE's varied departments and institutes are involved in research relating to global health, covering a dynamic range of disciplines, topics and regions.

The Global Health Initiative provides a hub to bring together these diverse activities on one platform and to enable greater collaboration across departments. It also provides a single point of entry for those outside of LSE to view our global health work and engage with our experts.


Global Health Research highlights


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Does Maternal Education Decrease Female Genital Cutting?

Female genital cutting (FGC) affects more than 200 million women globally. Education is often depicted as an effective instrument for abandoning the practice, but causal evidence is scant. 

This paper uses the introduction of the Universal Primary Education program in Nigeria as a natural experiment to identify the causal effect of mothers’ education on the probability that their daughters are cut.

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 Age at first menarche in low and middle income countries 

Age at first period is influenced by a unique set of genetic, socioeconomic, and environmental factors. This study's objective is to investigate patterns and regional variations in the timing at the age at menarche. 

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Promoting child health in Indonesia
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) have been applying a holistic approach to tackling Indonesia’s prevailing problem of stunted growth in young children.


The impact of Zika on women's access to medical abortion
An inter-disciplinary team from LSE will investigate the effect the Zika outbreak had on women's access to medical abortion and the impact of national regulation on abortion-related services during the health emergency. 


Global Health across the LSE

Research projects

Global Health research by region

LSE research reaches to all corners of the globe, reflecting the diverse interests and international make up of the School's staff and research outputs.

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Global Health research by topic

Our analysis draws on the full breadth of the School's social science expertise, using a range of methodologies, and covering diverse topics from social identity to medical tourism.

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Global Health on Research Online

LSE's central Research Online facility provides the full text of journal articles, book chapters, books, working papers, conference papers and more.

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Research groups

View a selection of the diverse range of research groups across the LSE who undertake work on global health related issues. 

Public Management Faculty Research Group (Department of Management)

The Public Management Faculty Research Group is an interdisciplinary research group. Our faculty draw from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, sociology, strategy, operations research and decision sciences to conduct research on a wide range of managerial issues in the public and private sector.

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Faculty members from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science (PBS) use their diverse insights to address fundamental questions of health and well-being. The research is truly global, from the wide range of countries reached, to the context of local everyday settings in which health is lived and negotiated. Research areas include, behavioural science, community psychology and social psychology. 

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International Growth Centre

The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research.

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Medical Technology Research Group

The Medical Technology Research Group (MTRG) is a research unit within the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) concentrating on interdisciplinary and comparative policy research on medical technologies. The groups conducts research in four main areas: the economics of medical technologies, sustainability of health care financing, access to medical technologies in developing, transition and emerging economies and on disease management and the effectiveness of policies on medical technology.

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The Politics of Global Health – International Development Research Theme

The Politics of Gobal Health analysis focuses on the politics of how global health policies emerge in relation to the people who live in, and come to Europe from, low and middle-income countries, and medical concerns that especially concern poorer and more vulnerable people.

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Personal Social Services Research Unit

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) is one of the leading social care research groups, not just in the UK, but internationally. Since its establishment in 1974, it has had considerable impact on national social care policy in the UK and in a number of other countries.

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Research blogs

Africa at LSE

Blog providing expert analysis and debate on African issues and Africa’s place in the world and showcasing research on Africa produced by LSE academics, including global health related research.

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LSE Health & Social Care

Blog highlighting LSE's work on health policy, health economics social care policy and mental health economics and social care practice.

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International Development

Blog hosting public discussion of issues, research, experiences and free-form thinking about international development topics including global health, by staff, students and friends of the Department of International Development.

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Blog showcasing the latest impactful research on business and management - included health related angles - from the Department of Management.

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