Sabu Padmadas is Professor of Demography and Global Health, and co-Director of the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy at the University of Southampton. He joined the University of Southampton as a Lecturer in 2002 after completing a PhD in Demography from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands and a two-year term as post-doctoral fellow of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences. His research interests focus broadly on population dynamics including the application of demographic forecasts and statistical modelling of global health and wellbeing outcomes in low-middle income and transition economies. More specifically, his research focuses on family planning and contraceptive dynamics, reproductive and child health, nutrition, life course epidemiology, health inequalities, social determinants of disease outcomes and impact evaluation. He has a distinguished academic career with 20 years research experience, publishing scientific findings in peer-reviewed international journals and leading successful international research projects in low and middle income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, funded by the UK Research Councils as well as international agencies such as the United Nations and WHO.
A significant achievement of his academic career is the research spanning over a decade evaluating three cycles of the United Nations reproductive health and family planning programme in China, which generated high impact and policy response at the national level. He led this high profile collaborative programme jointly with Professor James J Brown, and researchers from the China Population and Development Research Centre affiliated to the then National Population and Family Planning Commission and the National Centre for Women and Children’s Health under the then Ministry of Health of PR China and the United Nations Population Fund.
Through multidisciplinary research-led teaching, he is committed to transferring scientific knowledge and building capacity in new generation researchers to solve global population and health challenges. His passion for teaching is highly valued by the undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines across the University of Southampton and elsewhere. In 2010, he was awarded with the Vice Chancellor Award for excellence in teaching and curriculum development and subsequently the Southampton Students Union Award for innovative teaching in 2014 and 2015. His major contribution to higher education has been the curriculum innovation for the global health programme and a new multidisciplinary quantitative MSc programme in Global Health at the University of Southampton.