The UCL Centre for Global Health Economics

Dr Helen Harris-Fry

Helen is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on gender equity, behaviour change, and intra-household resource allocation. Her research focuses on community-based approaches to improve nutrition and wellbeing in rural low-income countries, which has involved the evaluation of forestry and agricultural programs, women's groups, social transfers, and micronutrient fortification, mostly in South Asia. For her fellowship, she is modelling the health and income costs of gender inequity using 11 different datasets from low- and middle-income countries. Through her fellowship, Helen is also affiliated with the Nutrition Group at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the the Department of Economics at Northwestern University.



Optimising health through gender equity, funded by the Wellcome Trust. This research project will ask: What health and economic outcomes could be achieved if households redistribute food to be more gender-equitable, and how can this redistribution be achieved? This research could be used to motivate and inform the design of low-cost 'equity interventions' that aim to improve health by influencing household allocation behaviours.

CAPPT: Comprehensive Anaemia Prevention and Personalised Therapies, funded by Medical Research Council, and Newton Fund and Department of Biotechnology (India). Helen is the diet specialist on a randomised controlled trial aiming to reduce anaemia prevalence through tailored iron supplementation, counselling, and community mobilisation in rural India and Nepal.

UPAVAN: Upscaling Participatory Action and Videos for Agriculture and Nutrition, funded by the Gates Foundation and DFID. Helen is working on the set-up and evaluation of this cluster-randomised trial testing the nutrition effects of a community-based agricultural extension intervention in rural Odisha, India.