Research at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development

Where we work

Our work is primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. We also work with vulnerable populations in the UK. For details, please the map (created from:

Nuffield Centre - Leeds - International Development Map

We work closely with governmental and non-governmental decision-makers, programme managers and service providers, plus our long-standing research partners in these countries. We have been a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Research and Capacity Strengthening of Health Policy, Governance and Services with a renewal process in progress.

Our research

We address key health and developmental challenges and focus on improving the health and wellbeing of poor and vulnerable populations. We use an embedded approach to research to maximise research uptake and its impact on policy and practice. To do this we collaborate with our local research partners who have very strong relationships with relevant decision-makers and local communities, and together we involve those key stakeholders throughout the research process. This ensures that our collaborative research addresses the needs and local priority problems in the study countries. Through our research we aim to:

  • Enhance understanding of how health policies and systems can be better configured to improve healthcare and achieve systems goals of responsiveness, sustainability, equity, and universal health coverage (UHC).
  • Develop, implement and evaluate complex health interventions at community and facility levels to improve service delivery on priority communicable and non-communicable diseases, multi-morbidities and maternal and child health.

Our research portfolio covers the following inter-related research themes:

Health policy and systems research:

Policy analysis | Accountability, Responsiveness | Equity, Social Inclusion | Governance, Planning | Financing | Health workforce

  • ChoRUS – DFID funded research programme consortium focused   on improving urban health systems in West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria) and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal)
  • REVAMP – Realist evaluation of a maternal and child health programme in Nigeria
  • RESPONSE – improving health systems responsiveness in Ghana and Vietnam
  • GHRG-ST – Global Health Research Group on surgical technologies in India and Sierra Leone
  • AMIPS – Understanding gaps in policy implementation to improve access to essential medicines in Ghana
  • CE4AMR – community engagement for antimicrobial resistance
  • Community Dialogues – engaging with local communities for preventing and controlling antibiotic resistance in Bangladesh
  • COMDIS-HSD – portfolio of projects focused on developing and evaluating interventions for communicable and non-communicable diseases in Asia and Africa
  • Socially Inclusive Cities – review of key drivers and strategies for social inclusion in Asia, Africa and UK
  • Partnerships for Equity and Justice - piloting interventions to reduce public service inequalities affecting disadvantaged populations in low- and middle income countries
  • SINC-Urban – understanding social inclusion within sustainable urban developments in Nigeria and Vietnam
  • EXTEND – using technology to improve access to healthcare in remote areas of Nigeria
  • HESVIC – Health systems stewardship, regulation and governance in India, Vietnam and China
  • RESPOND – understanding and improving patient feedback systems in Bangladesh
  • PERFORM – improving district health management for workforce performance in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda
  • EVAL-HEALTH – role of evidence in health policymaking in India and Nigeria
  • Digi-Pall – role of digital technology in palliative cancer care delivery in Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  • CARAN – community arts against antibiotic resistance through participatory film-making in Nepal
  • ADMC – Addressing Depression in Muslim Communities in he UK, Turkey and Pakistan
  • Social Networks and Infant Mortality – using participatory methods to improve maternity services in the UK
  • SUE – improving quality and use of data to inform urban health decisions in Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam
  • Effectiveness of interventions responding to the health impacts of climate change in LMIC
  • EndHep - hepatitis care in rural health centres, Pakistan
  • NCDs in primary care Nigeria through guidelines and mHealth training
  • Big Picture – improving evidence-informed mental health policymaking and using photovoice in addressing substance misuse amongst youth in India
  • IMPACT – Global Health Research Group on research capacity building for mental and physical multi-morbidity in Asia
  • CHEPSAA – improving capacity for health policy and systems research in Africa
  • Ethnicity Training Network to help change the way people think and work in health and social services
  • K4D – Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development to assist DFID and others to be innovative and responsive, to rapidly changing and complex development challenges

Antimicrobial resistance: Community engagement | Facility and health systems interventions

Urban Health:

Multi-sectoral solutions | Urban poor | Methodological innovations to urbanisation challenges


Planetary health:

Climate change and health | Resilience to environmental challenges | Sustainability agenda


Improving healthcare:

Packages of primary care | non-communicable diseases (cardio-vascular, cancer, diabetes, mental health, learning disability) | communicable diseases (hepatitis, tuberculosis)


Capacity building:

Assessments of capacity needs and assets | Sustainable capacity building | Research uptake


Further details of specific projects also can be found in the School of Medicine projects directory.

The wider context

Our research anticipates and responds to global developmental issues and strategic directions, specifically:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 1 (poverty), 3 (health), 5, 10 (gender, equity), 13-15 (sustainability and climate change) and 16 (justice, institutions).
  • Priority Areas for the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund, particularly sustainable health and wellbeing; clean air, water and sanitation; resilience and action on environmental change, sustainable cities and communities and social justice.

Our work spearheads collaborative and multi-disciplinary Global Health Research at the University of Leeds, in pursuit of:

Who we are

Our team comprises people with diverse methodological expertise in the areas of: health policy analysis, health systems strengthening, anthropology and social sciences, epidemiology, health economics, health service delivery, capacity building, urban health and climate change.

Further details of specific projects also can be found in the School of Medicine projects directory.

View our team members

We work closely with our long-standing partners in different Asian and African countries and have strong cross-faculty links with Sociology and Social Policy, Arts, Earth and Environment, and Psychology. We also welcome enquiries about future collaborations.

Head of Division
Dr Tolib Mirzoev

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