The UCL Centre for Global Health Economics

Dr Lu Gram

Lu Gram is currently a Research Associate at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. Lu completed his PhD at UCL in 2018 on women’s empowerment in a complex public health trial in Nepal. Before joining IGH, he has worked with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a number of large-scale public health trials in Africa and South Asia on topics including newborn vitamin A on the first 6 months’ of life, simplified antibiotic regimens for treatment of neonatal sepsis, technological and community-based alternatives to health worker motivation and the promotion of child survival, growth and development through home visits. He is currently based in London, but spends part of the year on project work in India, where he works on a large-scale cluster-randomised controlled trial using community mobilisation to prevent violence against women.  His main research interest lies at the intersection between women’s empowerment, economics, sociology and public health in the promotion of grassroots collective action for women’s empowerment.


Low Birth Weight in South Asia Trial (LBWSAT)

Selected Papers

Revisiting the patriarchal bargain: The intergenerational power dynamics of household money management in rural Nepal (2018)

The long-term impact of community mobilisation through participatory women's groups on women's agency in the household: A follow-up study to the Makwanpur trial (2018)

Do Participatory Learning and Action Women’s Groups Alone or Combined with Cash or Food Transfers Expand Women’s Agency in Rural Nepal? (2018)

Validating an Agency-Based Tool for Measuring Women’s Empowerment in a Complex Public Health Trial in Rural Nepal (2016)

The Low Birth Weight South Asia Trial (LBWSAT): a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Nepal of impact on birth weight of an enhanced nutrition behaviour change strategy through women’s groups and home visits, with and without unconditional transfers of fortified food or cash during pregnancy (2016)

Vaccination timing of low-birth-weight infants in rural Ghana: a Population Based Prospective Cohort Study (2016)

Association between probable postnatal depression and increased infant mortality and morbidity: findings from the DON population-based cohort study in rural Ghana (2015)

Socioeconomic determinants and inequities in coverage and timing of early childhood immunisation in rural Ghana (2014)

Has the rate of Infant Mortality reduction increased in India since the launch of the National Rural Health Mission? Analysis of time trends 2000-2009 with Projection to 2015 (2013)