Professor Zoë Matthews is Professor of Global Health and Social Statistics within Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton.

In my career I have had the good fortune to work with brilliant students, outstanding academics and inspired international experts- I continue to be amazed at what I learn!

  • Originally a statistician and demographer, my current work focuses mainly on international health – specialising in health systems with a particular focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. I have worked in this field for nearly 20 years. More recently I have worked on interdisciplinary research in connection with climate change, environmental effects on wellbeing, and links with renewable energy.
  • Since 2011 I have been seconded out from Southampton University to Options Consultancy – working on a five year DFID-funded programme called ‘Evidence for Action for maternal and newborn health’ based in six African countries.
  • Immediately before the secondment I was lucky enough to serve as Head of the fabulous Social Statistics and Demography at the University. Previous to this I have worked at both the World Health Organisation (as team leader for monitoring and evaluation at ‘Making Pregnancy Safer, Geneva) and the UK Department for International Development (as statistical adviser to the AIDS and reproductive health policy team).