Catalina Gonzalez

Catalina Gonzalez - Research student
T: +44 (0)20 7679 8241

Supervisors: Dr Eric Brunner, Dr Roberto De Vogli, Dr Hynek Pikhart

Catalina obtained her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology (2003) and Psychology (2007) and an MA in Anthropology (2004) from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Back in her home country of Colombia she worked for four years in qualitative health research on vector transmitted diseases with indigenous and peasant populations. In 2007 she came to London to study the MSc Health & Society: Social Epidemiology within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL with a Chevening Scholarship. Catalina is currently undertaking PhD studies in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health funded by ORS-UCL and Colfuturo.

Research Interests:
Catalina’s current research project uses an asset-based approach to investigate trends through time and regional variations of socioeconomic inequalities in women’s sexual and reproductive health in Colombia between the years 1990 to 2005, a period of health sector reform and internal civil conflict.


Gonzalez, C., Houweling, TAJ., Marmot, MG., Brunner, EJ. Comparison of physical, public and human assets as determinants of socioeconomic inequalities in contraceptive use in Colombia - moving beyond the household wealth index. International Journal for Equity in Health 2010, 9:10 (9 April 2010)

Quintero, J., Carrasquilla, G., Suárez, R., Gonzalez, C., & Olano, V. An ecosystemic approach to evaluating ecological, socioeconomic and group dynamics affecting the prevalence of Aedes aegypti in two Colombian towns. Cad. Saúde Pública, Rio de Janeiro, 25 Sup 1:S93-S103, 2009

Suarez, R., Gonzalez, C., Carrasquilla, G., & Quintero J. An ecosystem perspective in the socio-cultural evaluation of dengue in two Colombian towns. . Cad. Saúde Pública, Rio de Janeiro, 25 Sup 1:S104-S114, 2009

Suarez, R., M., Niño, N., Gonzalez, C., Vesga, J.F., Orjuela, L., Sánchez, R., Castañeda, E., & Valbuena, G. (2009). Las rickettsias como agentes etiológicos de entidades febriles no diagnosticadas en Colombia. Bogotá : Universidad de Los Andes, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Departamento de Antropología, CESO, Ediciones Uniandes, 2008.

Suárez, R., Olarte, M.F., Forero, A.M. & González, C. Is what I have just a cold or is it dengue? Addressing the gap between the politics of dengue control and daily life in Villavicencio-Colombia. Social Science and Medicine, v.61, n.2, p. 495 - 502, 2005

Suárez, R., González, C. & Viatela, J.M. Dengue, políticas públicas y realidad sociocultural: una aproximación al caso colombiano. Revista Colombiana de Antropología. Vol. 40, p. 185-212. 2004.

Suárez, R., Wiesner, C., González, C., Cortés, C. & Sinchi, R. Antropología del cáncer e investigación aplicada en salud pública. Revista de Estudios Sociales. Uniandes: v.17, p.42 - 55, 2004.

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