Professor Lisa Dikomitis appointed Director of Keele's Institute for Global Health

Professor Lisa Dikomitis has been appointed to Director of Keele's Institute for Global Health.

Professor Dikomitis will further develop Keele’s international global health research and education partnerships, along with representing Keele and the Institute externally. Professor Dikomitis will also work closely with Keele’s Institute for Social Inclusion, the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Institute for Global Health aims to:

  • Develop Keele’s strategic focus on, and capacity for, interdisciplinary global health research and education
  • Strengthen external partnerships for global health research and educational collaborations
  • Improve the health and well-being of people in underserved and unserved communities in partnership countries, ensuring tangible and measurable impact
  • Redress long-standing gendered and racial health inequalities through privileging and amplifying knowledge of local communities around health and illness

Professor Lisa Dikomitis is a Belgian-Cypriot anthropologist engaged in global health research with partners in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Her research areas are forced migration and effects of conflict, non-communicable diseases (with a focus on mental health), cutaneous leishmaniasis and primary care research.

She has pioneered new and transformative ways of conducting interdisciplinary global health research, and has been awarded over £12 million in external research income from UKRI Councils and the NIHR, of which £5 million as lead investigator (including SOLACE and ECLIPSE, co-led with Dr Helen Price), combining anthropology, development studies and health services research with culturally appropriate and context-bespoke community engagement.

Professor Dikomitis said:

I am delighted with my appointment as Director of the Institute for Global Health and am looking forward to working with many Keele colleagues and with our international partners to develop our global health portfolio. We will build on the strengths of Keele around interdisciplinarity and community engagement. Improving health outcomes globally can only be effective through robust collaborations across academic disciplines and clinical specialities.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Pauline Walsh said:

I am delighted that Professor Dikomitis will be leading this important work for Keele University. Her expertise and leadership in the field of Global Health will ensure the Insititute can build upon its dynamic and impactful work with our many partners across the world.

Keele academics are already engaged in a range of interdisciplinary global health research projects, addressing diverse health needs of people in communities around the world. Find out more on the Institute for Global Health web pages.