Spotlight on SaME team

SaME welcomes Professor Graham Medley and Giulia Ferrari, and congratulates Dr Shelley Lees on her promotion

Professor Graham Medley Graham Medley

In April 2015, respected mathematical modeller Professor Graham Medley joined the SaME group after 21 years at the University of Warwick and 10 years at Imperial College before that.

In his new role, Medley is particularly interested in understanding how interventions are and should be designed to control infectious disease. His definition of “interventions” includes both the biological (e.g. immune response) and societal action (e.g. immunisation).

I have become fascinated by the interaction between infectious disease and the economic and political spheres, and it is for this reason that I have moved to the faculty of Public Health Policy, the department of Global Health and Development and the SaME group.

Professor Graham Medley

Leading SaME’s modelling work, Prof Medley’s enthusiasm will open up an exciting range of possibilities for the group’s work in the future.

Among his professional affiliations, Medley is a member of

  • the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) risk assessment group
  • is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for the journal Science
  • a handling editor for Mathematical Biosciences
  • a Joint Editor for Epidemics

Guilia Ferrari

Giulia Ferrari joined the SaME group as a Research Fellow in May 2015. Her work focuses on the socio-economic predictors of violence against women (VAW), as well as measures of wellbeing. Her methodological interests are in economic and impact evaluations of interventions for the prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and for the support of VAWG survivors. She has 10 years of experience in violence research in both sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. Giulia Ferrari

Ferrari originally trained as an economist at Bocconi University in Milan, and is currently completing her PhD in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her current work focuses on three main areas:

  • trial–based impact and economic evaluation of a manualised psychological curriculum to support VAW survivors that contact advocacy organisations in the UK
  • costing both trials and the scaling up of prevention interventions in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and collaborating at the realisation of costing guidelines for VAWG interventions
  • investigating the socio-economic and wellbeing impact of VAWG interventions in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and quantifying utility measures of the impact of VAWG

Ferrari is one of the reviewers on a large World Bank study on women’s economic empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa, and has worked as a consultant in the international and sustainable development fields.

Dr Shelley LeesShelley Lees

We are pleased to congratulate Dr Shelley Lees on her appointment as Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Gender, Violence and HIV. She will continue working with SaME, taking particular responsibility for supporting the anthropological work of the group, and strengthening SaME’s links with the other anthropological research in the department and faculty.

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