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Claudia Abreu Lopes

Research Lead

PhD, Social Research Methods, LSE
MA, Social Psychology, University of Porto
DAS, Social Psychology, University of Geneva and University of Bari
MSc, Developmental Psychology, University of Coimbra
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Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes is a Research Lead at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH).

Dr Lopes has spent over 20 years in academia with positions at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge (POLIS).

Prior to joining UNU, she was an Affiliated Lecturer in Statistics and Methods at POLIS and a Lead Consultant in Big Data and Gender at UN Women. Dr Lopes has also worked on the charity sector with Girl Effect, BBC Media Action and Africa’s Voices Foundation (Head of Research and Innovation) leading projects that used digital data to accelerate and evaluate the impact of public health interventions.

Her research interests focus on the structural determinants of health inequities and their impact on health outcomes; community engagement for the implementation of health programmes and policies; gender aspects of digital health interventions with a focus on SRHR and mental health; social representations of health and well-being, communication and misinformation; and methodologies that combine traditional and non-traditional health data (big data and citizen-generated data).


Research Interests:

  • Digital health
  • SRHR
  • Gender equality
  • Mental health
  • Health misinformation
  • Implementation science
  • Citizen science
  • Community engagement
  • Statistical modelling
  • Big health data