Associated Researchers

Current researchers:

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Alberto D. Cimadamore is the Director of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) of the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC), located at the University of Bergen (UiB), Norway. His research and publications are focused on the political economy of poverty, the international relations of poverty and development, and on regional integration in Latin America.

noel_keenlyside-3a_0Noel Keenlyside is professor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. His current research interest is focused in decadal variability and predictability of climate,tropical interannual climate variability and predictability, past and future tropical and extra-tropical storm activity and development of coupled climate models of intermediate to full complexity.

Margit YstanesMargit Ystanes is postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen. Her research interests include trust and mistrust, contestation and political processes, the production of wealth and poverty, social inequality, racism, environmentalism, conceptualisations of nature, gender, Latin America, Brazil and Guatemala.

aringazina Altyn Aringazina (MedSciD, PhD) is Head of the Department of Population Health and Social Sciences at the Kazakhstan School of Public Health in Almaty. Dr. Aringazina directs the professional preparation programs in public health and health promotion for MPH and PhD students and continuing education professionals from medicine and health administration at the Kazakhstan School of Public Health.


Blake Poland is Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Director of the Collaborative Program in Community Development at the University of Toronto, and Principal Investigator on the “Transition Emerging Study”.


Dr. Carlos Torres Vitolas holds a doctorate degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics, where he also obtained an MSc in Social Research Methods. He is based at the University of Southampton, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, where he works as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems (ASSETS) Project.

zanellaCristine Koehler Zanella. PhD Candidate in International Strategic Studies at UFRGS (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil). Actually is Professor of International Organizations and Latin American International Relations at UniRitter (Centro Universitário Ritter dos Reis – Brazil) and research coordinator of International Relations Undergraduate Course at the same institution.

GordonDave Gordon is the Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol, UK, and CROP Fellow. Prof. Gordon has researched and published in the fields of the scientific measurement of poverty, crime and poverty, childhood disability, area-based anti-poverty measures, the causal effects of poverty on ill health, housing policy and rural poverty.

DelamonicaEnrique Delamonica is an economist and political scientist, working as Regional Advisor of Social & Economic Policy at UNICEF’s regional office for The Americas & Caribbean, focusing on the impact of macroeconomic policies on children, poverty-reduction strategies, financing of social services and budget allocations, the analysis of trends in socioeconomic disparities, child poverty measurement, and social protection policies.


Fiifi Amoako Johnson obtained his PhD (2006) and MSc (2002) in social statistics from the University of Southampton. He joined Social Sciences, University of Southampton in December 2009. He previously worked as a research fellow at the GeoData Institute, University of Southampton (January 2007 – November 2009).

Gaby Ortiz-Bagaby ortizrreda is an Associate Professor at the Research Centre for Health Promotion, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway. She holds a MPH and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Alicante, Spain. She has done research on intimate partner violence against women, its impact on health, its policy analysis and women survivors’ access to social resources.  She has also participated in projects related to immigration and health in Spain (CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health – CIBERESP) and Norway (WUN NETWORK – Research Group of the Health of Family and Migrants Across the Life Course). Her current research interests are related to the impact of climate change on the life of women and children, as well as climate change mitigation/adaptation, and opportunities for health promotion in the context of climate change.

Geoffrey I. Nwaka, MA (Birmingham), PhD (Dalhousie), Nigerian, ProfessoNwakar of History and former Dean of Postgraduate Studies at Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria. His research interests are historical and contemporary urban issues, environmental protection, and African development.

Jane Sprinprofiles_springettgett is the Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her background is in urban geography, but she has been working in the area of health and health promotion for nearly 25 years, coming to it through the World Health Organization’s Healthy Cities Project.

j.vanalstineJames Van Alstine is Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Programme Manager of the MSc Sustainability (Environmental Politics and Policy) in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of Leeds, England. His research focuses on the emergence and implementation of environmental policy and governance, the social and environmental risks of industrial development, the politics of low carbon transitions and the governance of resource extraction in the Global North and South.

Jeff Masuda

Jeff Masuda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Centre for Environmental Health Equity ( He specializes in research on environmental health inequities, with recent research focusing on neighbourhood level environmental health inequities in cities, health promotion interventions, and equity focused knowledge translation. Jeff is currently a CIHR New Investigator in the area of Knowledge Translation (2010-2015).


John Crawford is researcher at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is interested in how different levels of organisation emerge from complex networks of interactions. His research is focused on understanding the link between the nature of these networks and system-scale properties, and how they can be optimised and supported indefinitely.


Kamila Mukhamedkhanova is researcher of Trade & Industrial Policy Unit at the Centre for Economic Research, Uzbekistan, focusing on issues of green development, energy policy, industrial policy.


Mark G. Edwards  teachs Business Ethics and Organisational Change and Transformation at University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. His research topics include Metatheoretical research, Business ethics, Organisational change, Organisational sustainability and Sustainability of work.

holdsworthMichelle Holdsworth joined ScHARR at the University of Sheffield in October 2011 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Public Health, and Course Director of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) by distance learning and soon becoming Director of Teaching and Learning.  She studied human nutrition as an undergraduate, then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics.  After working in various NHS hospital and community dietetics posts, she developed research interests in incorporating the use of evidence to local community projects and went on  to study for a PhD in Public Health at the University of Leicester.


Neil Chadborn is currently working at University of Nottingham about knowledge exchange with the health service (clinicians and managers) – particularly older people’s health and wellbeing. He is also interested in transdisciplinary and agenda setting issues related to health policy.

NyovaniMadiseNyovani Madise is Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at University of Southhampton, England. Her research interests are in child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, family planning and young people’s sexual behaviour in the developing world. She is currently working on a large research programme on linkages between urbanisation, poverty and health in Africa. She also has interests in strengthening research capacity in developing countries, and in working with policymakers, and have advised UNAIDS, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Botswana Government.

WolfgrammRachel Wolfgramm, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Management and International Business, University of Auckland Business School, is currently investigating the “Romance of Sustainability; enchantment, illusion, entrapment and re-enchantment”. This is examined in the context of management, consumption and leadership theory and practice. She is also co-leading a longitudinal research project “Echoes from the future, Status and Sustainability in new lifestyle trends”.

BouhdbaSofiane Bouhdba is a demographer, specialised in the study of health and mortality. He is Professor in the University of Tunis, and collaborates with the United Nations (UNFPA, WHO,…). He works on the following issues, with a particular focus on Africa: the relationship between epidemics and poverty, the influence of the environment on health and mortality, the history of great demographic crisis, and in particular epidemics, with a focus on the XIXth century.

StanislasStanislas Bigirimana holds his PhD from the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg (Germany). He is currently a lecturer at Africa University in Mutare (Zimbabwe) teaching a wide range of subjects including Public Policy Analysis, Public Sector Management, Organisational Behaviour, Electronic Business and International Marketing.


Thorvald Gran is Professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway. His main area of interest is Learning and innovation systems.


Previous researchers:

MauriceMaurice B. Mittelmark, Research Centre for Health Promotion, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, is a psychologist and epidemiologist, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology

personbilde_Lie Gro Therese Lie is currently Coordinator for UIBGlobal, a unit responsible for initiating and coordinating multi- and transdisciplinary research and related activities within the areas of Global and Development-related research. Her studies and projects as researcher have been related with Health Promotion, Development, Gender and Global Studies, especially focused in Africa.