The UCL Centre for Global Health Economics

Dr Neha Batura

Neha is a Lecturer in Health Economics at the Institute of Global Health at University College London, interested in applied micro-econometrics; poverty and inequality; human capital - health, nutrition, and education and non-cognitive skills; human resources for health; and economic evaluation. She works within the framework of large cluster randomised public health trials that aim to improve maternal health, and child health and development in a range of settings that include India, Pakistan, Mozambique and Papua New Guinea.

In addition to her research activities, she actively contributes to the design and delivery of lectures for the MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science. Additionally, Neha contributes to teaching activities on the MSc in Global Health and Development. She has also worked closely with colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a tutor on a blended learning course on Health Economics and Health Financing offered to UNICEF staff.


Selected Papers

Arnold, M., Beran, D., Haghparast-Bidgoli, H., Batura, N., Akkazieva, B., Abdraimova, A., & Skordis-Worrall, J. (2016). Coping with the economic burden of Diabetes, TB and co-prevalence: Evidence from Bishkek, KyrgyzstanBMC Health Services Research, 16 (1). doi:10.1186/s12913-016-1369-7

Batura, N., Skordis-Worrall, J., Thapa, R., Basnyat, R., & Morrison, J. (2016). Is the Job Satisfaction Survey a good tool to measure job satisfaction amongst health workers in Nepal? Results of a validation analysisBMC Health Services Research, 16 (1). doi:10.1186/s12913-016-1558-4

Skordis-Worrall, J., Sinha, R., Kumar, A., Sarangi, S., Nair, N., Tripathy, P., . . . Haghparast-Bidgoli, H. (2016). Protocol for the economic evaluation of a community-based intervention to improve growth among children under two in rural India (CARING trial)BMJ Open, 6 (11). 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012046.

Colbourn, T., Pulkki-Brännström, A. M., Nambiar, B., Kim, S., Bondo, A., Banda, L., . . . Skordis-Worrall, J. (2015). Cost-effectiveness and affordability of community mobilisation through women's groups and quality improvement in health facilities (MaiKhanda trial) in MalawiCost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, 13 (1). doi:10.1186/s12962-014-0028-2

Batura, N., Hill, Z., Haghparast-Bidgoli, H., Lingam, R., Colbourn, T., Kim, S., . . . Skordis-Worrall, J. (2015). Highlighting the evidence gap: how cost-effective are interventions to improve early childhood nutrition and development? Health Policy Plan, 30 (6), 813-821. doi:10.1093/heapol/czu055

Morrison, J. L., Thapa, R., Basnyat, R., Batura, N., & Skordis-Worrall, J. (2015). How effective is the recruitment of temporary contract nurses in improving service provision and nurse retention in rural Nepal?. Nepal: Nick Simons Institute.

Rao, G. G., Batura, D., Batura, N., & Nielsen, P. B. (2015). Key demographic characteristics of patients with bacteriuria due to extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae in a multiethnic community, in North West LondonInfectious Diseases, 47 (10), 719-724. doi:10.3109/23744235.2015.1055588

Morrison, J., Batura, N., Thapa, R., Basnyat, R., & Skordis-Worrall, J. (2015). Validating a tool to measure auxiliary nurse midwife and nurse motivation in rural NepalHuman Resources for Health, 13, ARTN 30. doi:10.1186/s12960-015-0021-7

Batura, N., Pulkki-Brännström, A. M., Agrawal, P., Bagra, A., Haghparast-Bidgoli, H., Bozzani, F., . . . Skordis-Worrall, J. (2014). Collecting and analysing cost data for complex public health trials: reflections on practiceGlob Health Action, 7, 23257.

Morrison, J. L., Batura, N., Thapa, R., Basnyat, R., & Skordis-worrall, J. (2014). Retention of nurses in rural Nepal: are short term contracts the answer? Presented at: Health Services Research: evidence based practice. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-14-S2-P80

Cost-effectiveness and affordability of community mobilisation through women’s groups and quality improvement in health facilities (MaiKhanda trial) in Malawi (2015)

Collecting and Analysing Cost Data for Complex Public Health Trials: Reflections on Practice (2014)

Haghparast-Bidgoli, H., Skordis-Worrall, J., Batura, N., & Hughes, J. (2014). Use of portfolio to assess the learning of a diverse group of students taking an online course in Economic Evaluation. Presented at: UCL Teaching and Learning Conference.

Skordis-Worrall, J., Haghparast-Bidgoli, H., Batura, N., & Hughes, J. (n.d.). Learning Online: A Case Study Exploring Student Perceptions and Experience of a Course in Economic Evaluation. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 27 (3).