Portsmouth Business School

Health and well-being


The remit of this pillar is wide, covering concerns about infant and maternal mortality and the combatting of certain diseases (as espoused by the SDGs), it also encompasses research into fertility, neglected tropical/non-communicable diseases, health-related behaviours, harmful cultural practices and even health advertising.  Gender-Based violence is often treated as a health related issue. We also know that eradicating GBV will be a key Sustainable Development Goal post 2015 and the measuring of progress against that goal will undoubtedly include a number of health related indicators such as access to sexual and reproductive health provision. Additionally, the adoption of a biomedical perspective on the impact of certain cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation is seen as vital for long-term mind-set change which ultimately leads to its eradication. The reach of this pillar extends also into an analysis of the links between public health and ecosystems in coastal zones (with the paradox that the more an ecosystem is in good shape the more it produces services that affect people).) The pillar will therefore look at gathering and pooling  demographic data on a range of health issues but will also consider qualitatively the impacts they have for people’s lives and in particular the intersections between culture, religion and gender for people’s health well-being.   

Topic 1: The Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Sudan


This is a three year research project funded by DFID and working with IMC Worldwide. The project seeks to understand what the triggers are for long-term and sustainable mind-set change around FGM/C in Sudan (Tamsin Bradley). This project sits within the evaluation of DFID’s flagship eradication programme and has direct impact in shaping policies and interventions to end this practice. The project will train two PhD students at Ahfad Women’s University in Khartoum who will conduct longitudinal and qualitative research exploring critical questions around behavioural change in relation to FGM/C.

Academic Staff


Pillar Lead: Tamsin Bradley - Reader in International Development Studies, School of Languages and Area Studies

Academic Staff:

  1. Pierre Failler - Reader (Economics and Finance)
  2. Judith Fletcher-Brown - Lecturer (Marketing and Sales)
  3. Aikaterini Lalatsa - Lecturer (Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)
  4. Sasee Pallikadavath  -Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator, Global Healther (School of Health Sciences and Social Work)

PhD Students:

  1. Adeline Borot de Battisti - Evaluation économique et appui aux politiques de préservation de la biodiversité : les  valeurs de non-usage rattachées  aux récifs coralliens en outre-mer français.
  2. Sukh Hamilton: Liberation within a box?’ Cultural mediation and emerging identities amongst British BIP (Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani) women.
  3. Juan Cristobal Hernadez (2014-2016), Aquaculture development and food security in Mexico, Aquatic Resource Pillar.
  4. Illisriyani Ismail - Simulation model of Indian mackerel in east coast peninsular Malaysia.
  5. Shahid Khan: Democracy and Militarisation in Bangladesh
  6. Zara Ramsay - Non-Violence and the Free Tibet Movement.
  7. Sandra Wolton Women's Empowerment and Education in Sierra Leone.