Lois King, MPH & BSc

PhD Candidate at the University of Edinburgh and Global Health Consultant

About Me

At the 1st Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia, Barcelona 2020
Welcome! I am a final year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, studying global health governance, health systems and policy. My thesis is titled "Governance of childhood pneumonia: assessing the effect of global narratives on national priorities and implementation in Bangladesh". My brilliant supervisors are Prof. Devi Sridhar and Dr. Mark Hellowell.

Apart from infectious diseases and child health, my other research interests are global health security, the political determinants of health and antimicrobial resistance. I have previously conducted research in global health security, universal health coverage and private health sector engagement. I also have a Masters in Public Health and BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences. I am also a prolific writer, having written for publications such as Black Ballad, BBC Science Focus and the British Medical Journal.

I have one year of experience working as an Associate Consultant at Impact for Health International, where we use strategic facilitation, technical analysis and information design to help our clients optimise their development work. Currently, our health areas of focus are governance and private sector engagement, digital health, sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Feel free to browse this website to look at my publications, teaching experience and press engagements. Have fun!


An equitable roadmap for ending the COVID-19 pandemic

Mitsuru Mukaigawara, Ines Hassan, Genevie Fernandes, Lois King, Jay Patel, Devi Sridhar

Nature Medicine, vol. 31, 2022

Hindsight is 2020? Lessons in global health governance one year into the pandemic.

Ines Hassan, Mitsuru Mukaigawara, Lois King, Genevie Fernandes, Devi Sridhar

Nature Medicine, vol. 27, 2021, pp. 396–400

COVID-19 in 2022: Is There Hope For A Better Tomorrow?

Lois King

BBC Science Focus, 2021 Jan 29

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Aug 29, 2022

Importance of Qualitative Research to Empower Rural Caregivers

In Bangladesh, 14% of deaths in children under the age of five are attributed to pneumonia every year. Delays in care-seeking are a significant factor in the cause of these deaths. But for targeted interventions in the community to be effective, it is ... (Link)

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Apr 4, 2022

Edinburgh woman helps to tackle child pneumonia on overseas medical mission


Jun 25, 2021

Charting the course: translating good leadership into digital spaces

This month's blog - written by our blog editor Lois King - details reflections on positive female leadership during times of digital over-reliance, inspired by one of our launch events and our upcoming mentorship programme. New Zealand. Taiwan. Finla... (Link)

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Get in touch!

Please feel free to email me at:

To send a lovely old-fashioned letter:

Global Health Governance Programme University of Edinburgh

Old Medical School
Teviot Place
Edinburgh, Scotland


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