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Research interests

I am a demographer and social statistician working on issues affecting low- and middle-income countries.  My main research interests include menstruation, son preference, fertility transition, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women, and gender statistics.  I have expertise in the demography of South Asia, Latin America, and Africa, with a particular focus on Nepal.

Currently, I am leading a 5-year UKRI-funded project on menstrual justice in low- and middle-income countries ( We are working with partners in Nepal and Guatemala to understand menstrual justice in different contexts and improve the experience of menstruation for all, especially marginalised adolescents.

I am the Honorary Secretary of the British Society for Population Studies and welcome enquiries about demographic topics as well as menstruation.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Statistics, Doctor of Philosophy, Fertility and the economic value of children: evidence from Nepal, University of Southampton


Social Statistics (Research Methods Pathway), Master of Science, University of Southampton


Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford


External positions

Honorary Secretary, British Society for Population Studies


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