Dr Santosh Gaihre

Dr Santosh Gaihre
Dr Santosh Gaihre

Dr Santosh Gaihre


Accepting PhDs



I am a trained global public health and nutrition academic researcher with around 10 years of experience in environmental, lifestyle and social aspects of health and health promotion research. I have conducted population health research in both high- and low-income settings such as UK, Colombia, Mexico and Nepal. I am experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. My research skills include transdisciplinary research, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, quantitative surveys, interviews, focus groups and ethnographic observation.

I am passionate about improving population health and well-being globally using transdisciplinary research methods and public engagement in research, driving health innovation and service transformation. I am Co-Principal investigator of the ImpACTT Project, which aims to improve assessment of child growth and nutrition status globally via the development of a novel child growth measurement device. Research Interest: Interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary research; social, lifestyle and environmental determinants of health particularly water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), air quality, malnutrition, food security, climate change, health inequality, child health and nutritional status, respiratory and cardiovascular health. I have published widely on various aspects of global health research including food security, nutrition, sustainable development, health inequality, communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health and household environment. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

I am a member of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee.

External Memberships
  • Member - Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy (AnH Academy), since 2015
  • Principal Advisor- The Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) Mexico Regional Network, since 2020
  • Associate Fellow Advanced Higher Education (AFHEA), since 2021.
  • Member, The Nutrition Society

Latest Publications

  • Assessing performance of the Healthcare Access and Quality Index, overall and by select age groups, for 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019

    Gaihre, S. (ed.), Haakenstad, A., Yearwood, J. A., Fullman, N., Bintz, C., Bienhoff, K., Weaver, M. R., Nandakumar, V., Joffe, J. N., LeGrand, K. E., Knight, M., Abbafati, C., Abbasi-Kangevari, M., Abdoli, A., Zuñiga, R. A. A., Adedeji, I. A., Adekanmbi, V., Adetokunboh, O. O., Afzal, M. S., Afzal, S., Agudelo-Botero, M., Ahinkorah, B. O., Ahmad, S., Ahmadi, A., Ahmadi, S., Ahmed, A., Rashid, T. A., Aji, B., Akande-Sholabi, W., Alam, K., Hamad, H. A., Alhassan, R. K., Ali, L., Alipour, V., Aljunid, S. M., Ameyaw, E. K., Amin, T. T., Amu, H., Amugsi, D. A., Ancuceanu, R., Andrade, P. P., Anjum, A., Arabloo, J., Arab-Zozani, M., Ariffin, H., Arulappan, J., Aryan, Z., Ashraf, T., Atnafu, D. D., Atreya, A., GBD 2019 Healthcare Access and Quality Collaborators
    The Lancet Global Health, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. e1715-e1743
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Age–sex differences in the global burden of lower respiratory infections and risk factors, 1990–2019:: results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019

    GBD 2019 LRI Collaborators*, Kyu, H. H., Gaihre, S.
    The Lancet Infectious Diseases
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Burden of non-communicable diseases among adolescents aged 10–24 years in the EU, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis of the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2019

    Armocida,, B., Monasta, L., GBD 2019 Europe NCDs in Adolescents Collaborators*, Gaihre, S.
    The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 367-383
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Global, regional, and national progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 3.2 for neonatal and child health: all-cause and cause-specific mortality findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019

    Paulson, K. R., Kamath, A. M., Alam, T., Bienhoff, K., Abady, G. G., Abbas, J., Abbasi-Kangevari, M., Abbastabar, H., Abd-Allah, F., Abd-Elsalam, S. M., Abdoli, A., Abedi, A., Abolhassani, H., Abreu, L. G., Abu-Gharbieh, E., Abu-Rmeileh, N. M., Abushouk, A. I., Adamu, A. L., Adebayo, O. M., Adegbosin, A. E., Adekanmbi, V., Adetokunboh, O. O., Adeyinka, D. A., Adsuar, J. C., Afshari, K., Aghaali, M., Agudelo-Botero, M., Ahinkorah, B. O., Ahmad, T., Ahmadi, K., Ahmed, M. B., Aji, B., Akalu, Y., Akinyemi, O. O., Aklilu, A., Al-Aly, Z., Alam, K., Alanezi, F. M., Alanzi, T. M., Alcalde-Rabanal, J. E., Al-Eyadhy, A., Ali, T., Alicandro, G., Alif, S. M., Alipour, V., Alizade, H., Aljunid, S. M., Almasi-Hashiani, A., Almasri, N. A., Gaihre, S., GBD 2019 Under-5 Mortality Collaborators
    The Lancet, vol. 398, no. 10303, pp. 870-905
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Review of recent innovations in portable child growth measurement devices for use in low- and middle-income countries

    Neale, G., Gaihre, S., O’Gorman, P., Price, R. K., Balzategi, A. G., Barrientos, C. H., Rawal, S., Morgan, M., McNulty, H.
    Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, vol. 45, no. 8, pp. 642-655
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Nutrition and Health, Applied Health Sciences.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Nutrition and Health

Accepting PhDs

Applied Health Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to the teaching, training, supervision and assessment of MSc and PhD students across a range of programmes at the University of Aberdeen. I am a course coordinator of PU5919: EVALUATING POLICY EFFECTS IN PRACTICE (2022-2023).


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