Institute for Global Health

Dr Audrey Prost

Dr Audrey Prost

Professor of Global Health

Institute for Global Health

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL
1st May 2019

Research summary

My research focuses on developing and evaluating community-based interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition, primarily in rural India.

Key areas of interest: 

Community interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition

Early childhood development

Participatory approaches to improving community health 
Consequences of household air pollution for women and children in India
The integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in formative and evaluation research
Design and analysis of cluster-randomised controlled trials

I am currently involved in three main research projects:

(1) Evaluating the scale up of participatory women's groups to improve maternal and newborn health through the State Health Mission across Jharkhand, in eastern India. This evaluation involves large-scale surveillance of over 50,000 births in six districts in Jharkhand. 

Funding: Children's Investment Fund Foundation; Timeframe: 2016-2020

(2) Developing an intervention to improve adolescent health in rural Jharkhand. We are conducting formative research to develop a participatory and scalable community intervention to improve adolescent health, nutrition and wellbeing. This will be evaluated through a 36 months cluster randomised controlled trial with funding from the Children's Investment Fund Foundation.

Funding: Children's Investment Fund Foundation; Timeframe: 2016-2020

(3) I am a co-investigator on the UPAVAN trial, a collaboration between Digital Green, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ekjut and Varrat (India). This study seeks to evaluate the effects of community engagement strategies using low-cost videos and group discussions to make agricultural practices more nutrition-sensitive and improve nutrition and care practices for pregnant and postpartum women as well as children under two. 

Funding: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Timeframe: 2015-2020

I am an associate editor of the journal Trials, a collaborator to UNICEF India's Swabhimaan project to improve maternal nutrition in Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh, and a contributor to WHO's Strategic Review of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness.

Teaching summary

I teach on Institute for Global Health's core postgraduate research methods module (Research Methods: Evidence for Global Health) and a joint undergraduate and postgraduate module in Anthropology. I also contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on maternal and child health.


University College London
PhD, Anthropology | 2003
University College London
BA Hons, Ancient History and Anthropology | 1998


I received a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London in 2003, then trained in epidemiology and public health with support from a Career Development Fellowship from the UK's Medical Research Council (2005-2008). 

I joined UCL's Institute for Global Health in 2008. My research focuses on developing and evaluating community interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in rural India. I have been a partner to the Indian civil society organisation Ekjut (http://www.ekjutindia.org) for the past eight years; together we have conducted three large cluster randomised controlled trials of participatory interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in largely tribal areas of Jharkhand and Odisha, eastern India.