Published: 13-06-2024 13:15 | Updated: 13-06-2024 13:15

Becoming a mother inspired Claudia Hanson to her field of research

Old picture of Claudia Hansen and her child on her back
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Claudia Hanson, research group leader for IMPAQT at GPH, had her inaugural lectureship as Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on 23 May. She shared her experience of moving through different disciplines, institutions, and countries – always with the passion to improve health for women, mothers, and their babies in low- and middle-income settings. We asked her a few questions about her research.

Tell us about your research

My research spans from classical aspects of reproductive health, such as my first PhD which was on family planning (1999) to maternal and newborn health to implementation science with a view to improve services for women and their babies in low- or middle-income country. My inaugural outlines how I got there during the past 40 years.

What inspired you to do research in your field?

It was the birth of my first-born 1983

You have just received a professorship from London University, congratulations! How do you combine your research there with what you do at GPH?

I received the professorship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,  actually in December 2022, but it takes some time always to have the inaugural lectureship. I have always combined and used opportunities from several institutions, and this will continue.

Which is your best attributes as a researcher? 

Honesty and kindness and ready to fight for a fair academic system which provides the same opportunity to all regardless of nose but instead based on transparent criteria.


Read more about Claudia Hansons Inagural lecture as Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.