School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Professor Saseendran Pallikadavath

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Professor of Demography and Global Health
  • Address: James Watson West 2 King Richard 1st Road Portsmouth PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 023 92 844442
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am a senior lecturer and co-ordinate Global Health and Social Care Unit at the university. I am also a research advisor of the Research Design Services (RDS) South Central, a collaborative NIHR programme with University of Oxford and University of Southampton.

I hold a PhD degree in Demography from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra under the prestigious AusAID scholarship.

I earlier worked as a Professor and Head of Manpower Statistics at the Indian National Planning Commission’s Institute of Applied Manpower Research (IAMR), New Delhi. I also worked for the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

My current area of interest is post-transitional fertility in developing countries currently supported by ESRC Seminar Series (With Chris Wilson, Oxford University and I.S. Rajan, Centre for Development Studies). I am also interested in family planning (completed two projects from DFID), health inequalities (ESRC-Pathfinder), and Impact of low fertility on women’s well-being (British Academy Research Development Award). With Dr Liz Twigg I am currently working with colleagues from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai on a low fertility in India supported by the Research Development Fund.

As a research advisor I support UK NHS clinicians and social care professional on a wide range of clinical and social care topics.

Teaching Responsibilities

Co-ordinate Global Health and Social Care Unit at the University of Portsmouth
Supervise PhD and professional doctorate fellows
Lead global health pathway for MSc in International Development
Provide research design advice to UK NHS clinicians and health care professionals


Research interest includes, among others, low fertility, health systems, health inequalities, family planning, women’s autonomy and well-being, HIV and AIDS. Collaborate with researchers in India, South Africa, Kenya, and Brazil.  


Research profile

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