Dr Reuben LarbiResearch Fellow - Health Determinants of Research Collaboration (HDRC)
I am currently on secondment at the Blackpool Council on a National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC). The purpose of the project is to help enable local authorities to become more research-active and to make evidence-informed decisions by undertaking research and evaluation relating to their activities, including synthesising and mobilising existing evidence. My research focus is socio-ecological determinants of health and wellbeing, particularly in low-income urban settings. I am passionate about addressing the unjust deprivations and socio-economic conditions under which people live, grow and work, and the consequent inequalities in health and wellbeing. I have experience assessing vulnerability of the urban population to climatic and other environmental hazards and implementing feasible adaptation measures in different ecological contexts. My research approach involves multidisciplinary methods that combine qualitative and quantitative techniques with spatial analyses.
I joined Lancaster University's Environment Centre (LEC) in 2018 after my PhD in Population Studies at the University of Ghana with a year of Research Fellowship at Yale University, USA. At Lancaster, I initially worked on the RECIRCULATE and ACTUATE projects, which involved engaging a local stakeholder collective to deliver safe circular solution to Africa's water and sanitation problems for improved health in low-income urban settings. I subsequently worked on the Concrete Impacts project which was a supply chain and life cycle analysis of the US military's environmental footprint. The research examined the socio-ecological impacts of US military's combat operations in Iraq. These multidisciplinary research projects have deepened my understanding of the wider environmental and socio-economic determinants of human health and wellbeing. My research interest and approach are shaped by my training in Biomedical Engineering and Population Studies followed by postdoctoral experience in an interdisciplinary research context.
HDRC learning event
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
Military Emissions Gap conference
Environmental Research Letters (Journal)
Blackpool HDRC launch
Blackpool Council, Number One, Bickerstaffe Square, Talbot Road, FY1 3AH (External organisation)
Membership of committee
International Research Networking and Engagement (Ghana)
Types of External academic engagement - Hosting an academic visitor
COVID-19 reveals value of early local ownership of international development research
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar
Military Emissions Gap Panel Discussion
Visiting an external academic institution