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MA Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen

PhD  University of Edinburgh




Assistant Principal Global Health and Director of the Global Health Academy

Management:  As Director of the Global Health Academy I have responsibility for overseeing the numerous global health initiatives across the University,  and for supporting programmes and global health communities of practice who work in partnership with the Academy.  

Co-Director of the Compassion Initiative – developing a university-wide strategy that affirms the values of the university, researches the science of  compassion in all disciplines and establishes a strategy for embedding compassion to enhance collegiality

Lead for the Planetary Health strategy developing multi-disciplinary work across sectors

Director Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance overseeing UK health links between NHS, Universities and NGOs in the UK with partners in Zambia through the Ministry of Health, Education and Finance in Zambia and the Zambia High Commission in London and British High Commission in Zambia 



  • Fellowship Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • University of Edinburgh Principal’s Medal for Outstanding Service awarded to the Primary Palliative Care Research Group 
  • Sir William Darling University of Edinburgh Award for Contribution to the Community
  • Winston Churchill Fellowship 
  • Member of the Faculty of Public Health  

Teaching:    Co-Director for the Masters in Family Medicine, Director for the Certificate in Global Health Challenges and co-lead for the Cross College MSc  in Global Challenges. I have been involved in developing a number of new online programmes, online and blended courses and MOOCs.  

Research:  Skills in rapid appraisal methodologies, qualitative and ethnographic research.

Areas of research:

Palliative care: including global and national policies, and health system priorities. The mainstreaming of palliative care into health services in low and middle-income countries. I am a member of the Primary Palliative Care Research Group 

Health system strengthening, including integrated and person-centred care

Planetary Health:  concerned with the intersection and interconnections between the health of humans and the health of the plane and the ways in which the flourishing of all life depends and is shaped on the environmental, political, biodiversity, economic, social, and spiritual determinants and drivers.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role and significance of compassion as the glue underpinning the goals. The role of faith communities in contributing to the SDGs

Before coming back into the University in 2009 I worked for the Scottish Government as the Senior Health Advisor in the International Development Team with a special remit for the Scottish Government's National Partnership with Malawi, and in NHS Lothian Public Health Directorate as a specialist in International Global Public Health. I led the NHS Lothian Zambia Partnership on HIV/AIDS.  

In the 1990s I worked in Kenya for 5 years in a rural hospital as lead for the Community Health Department


Co-director Global Health PhD Programme  

Current PhD students

  • Dr Farzana Khan Palliative Care in the Humanitarian Context: Implementation and Evaluation of a Community-based Palliative Care Program for Rohingya Refugees
  • Dr Eleanor Reid - A randomized controlled trial of palliative care in Ethiopia identifying the role of palliative care as a poverty reduction strategy
  • Andrea Fuentas - Exploring the community food environment and its obesogenicity in a deprived neighbourhood in Glasgow City
  • Dr Sarah Richardson  - An evaluation of the optimal trauma data collection methods in Uganda
  • James Wells -A  circuitous model (virtuous circle) for scale-up and sustainability of palliative care in low income countries
  • Jay Evans - Identifying the opportunities and challenges of technology in the delivery of compassionate care
  • Jessie Fubara-Manuel The Role of Christian Faith for Women with Disabilities and HIV in South-South Nigeria
  • Dr Andrew Murray - The role of golf on physical and mental health: a global study
  • Erika Alison Warnatzsch - Climate change impacts on post-harvest food losses and food-borne disease in Malawi: potential for adaptation, and dual human health and production-phase emission benefits
  • Matthew Holmes -A Qualitative Study Exploring Sport for Development Phenomena in Lusaka (Zambia)
  • Dr Paul Biswajit - South India TPB-based educational intervention to address knowledge, attitudes and health behaviours in people with chronic respiratory disease
  • Dr Ai Oishi - Identifying patients for a palliative care approach in primary care in Japan


PhD Graduates


  • Dr Negalign Bayou - Quality of Birthing Care in Low-income Settings: the case for  Ethiopia 
  • Dr Liz Namukwaya - Experience and Multidimensional Needs of Patients with Advanced Heart Failure Uganda
  • Dr Kellen Kimani - Quality of life: experiences and expectations of patients with advanced heart failure in Kenya
  • Dr Anne Aboaja - Mental Health and Spirituality of Female Prisoners in Latin America 
  • Dr Paul Kawale - Strengthening healthcare systems in Malawi through ICT:  an evaluation of the AfyaPro system at Nkhoma Hospital
  • Dr Ghadah Assiri - Epidemiology of medication errors and error-related adverse drug events and assessing their severity in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
  • Dr Robert Stewart - Maternal common mental disorder in Malawi
  • Dr Mei-Lin Yang - An Exploration of the Use of Complementary Approaches to End-of-Life Care: the Perspectives and Work of Hospice Palliative Buddhist Chaplains in Taiwan
  • Dr Janet Sikasote - The effects of Voluntary Counselling and testing and a negative HIV result on subsequent risk behaviour a longitudinal qualitative study in Zambia


Board and Committee Memberships:

  • Scottish Government Global Citizenship Board  


  • Scottish Government Global Health Collaborative (chaired CMO)
  • Committee member NIHR Research and Innovation for global health Transformation (RIGHT) 
  • Committee member  MRC Joint Health Systems research Committee 
  • Elected Board Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
  • Chair of the CUGH Research Committee and CUGH AfreHealth Partner
  • Executive Member World Federation of Academic Institutes in Global Health (WFAIGH)
  • HIFA (Health Information for All) Executive Steering Group
  • Trustee CBM (Global Disability Charity)
  • Chair, Rockefeller Planetary Health Alliance Annual Scientific Meeting, Edinburgh
  • Committee member RSE-MoST (Ministry of Technology, Taiwan) Joint Project awards.
  • Theirworld Edinburgh Advisory Board




Research Projects

2020- 22 UKRI MRC. Chitetezo: Improving adolescent road safety and reducing road traffic

         Collisions Duncan E Grant L, et al

2018-24 UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub  Sutton, M   19.6 M  (28/2/19- 28/2 2024) 

2018-19             The RTrT Partnership: Reducing traffic-related TraumA – A community-based

prevention and first-response programme intervention for Malawi and beyond

Duncan, E & Grant L et al     MRC

2018-22 NIHR Global Health Group at the University of Edinburgh £1,962,213  Research on Preterm Birth & Stillbirth (DIPLOMATIC) collaboration (Norman J, Reynolds R, Grant L et al).

2018-20 MRC NIHR DfID Wellcome Global Health Trials     £240,444.71.  A pragmatic approach to preventing gestational diabetes and pregnancy hypertensive disorders in obese pregnant women in resource-poor settings PAPAGENO. Norman JE, Reynolds R, Grant L et al)

2018-19 A network for studying psychological resilience in low-and middle-income countries

(NESP). £196,756, McIntosh, A, Ecks, S, Grant E, Harper, I, Jain, S, Lawrie, S, Macbeth, A,

Pagliari, C, Pickersgill, M & Wolters, M   MRC

2017-18             Development of Palliative Care Leaders in Uganda  Grant, E  £119,910, DFID/THET

2017-21             NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) Sheikh, A

Campbell, H, Morris, A, Nair, H, Pinnock, H, Rudan, I, Weller, D, McKinstry, B, Simpson, S & Sridhar, D. Grant, E,

2017-21NIHR Global Health Research Unit Tackling Infections for the Benefit of Africa (TIBA)

PI Woolhouse, M,

Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance Secretariat. Grant, L £128,500, DFID/THET

2016-18             Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) Grant, L. £200,000, Strategic

Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR)

2015-17             Strengthening and Integrating Palliative care into the Rwanda Health System: Rolling

out the model Grant, E, Leng, M & Downing, J £248,616, DFID Health Partnership Scheme

2015-17             Global Health: innovation and education with the University of Rwanda College of

Medicine and Health Sciences (UR CMHS) £159,585, Commonwealth Commission

2014-17             Development of Nurse Leadership for Palliative Care in Uganda Grant, E, Leng, M

Downing, J & Gahire, R 1£248,428, DFID Health Partnership Scheme

2014-17             Strengthening Health Systems in Malawi through ICT Grant, E & Pagliari, C 1/01/14 31/03/17 £400,000  EU other

2012-15             Strengthening and integrating palliative care into national health systems through

a public health primary care approach Grant, L, Leng, M & Mwangi-Powell, £1,536189.00 THET/DFID

2013-16             Developing a sustainable programme of cervical screening using VIA (visual

inspection with acetic acid) and HPV (human papillomavirus) testing in rural Malawi Campbell, C & Grant, E £395,000 UK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities

2012-15             ICT to improve rural health care for pregnant women and new mothers Grant, L, Kwale

P & de Jonge E 2012→2015 398,000 Scottish Government International Development Fund





"Cultural, Social and Regulatory Issues in Managing Pain - Global Perspectives" Global Health Academy Seminar Series


"Palliative Care: A Global Development Challenge" Our Changing World Lecture Series, University of Edinburgh



College Research Themes

  • Governance and Democracy
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Childhood and Youth
  • Work and Economy


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