UK Research Fellows
Fiona Dobbie, University of Stirling

Fiona Dobbie is a Research Fellow and part-time PhD student in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of Stirling. She has several years’ experience conducting, commissioning and teaching research across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Fiona’s background is in applied public health and social research where she has worked across a range of substantive areas including: general health and wellbeing, mental health, addictions, and disability. She has managed and contributed to several quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods which include: the Scottish Health Survey; Scottish School Leavers survey; and a five year qualitative, longitudinal, cohort study of gamblers and their social networks across Glasgow.


Dr Noreen Mdege, University of York

Noreen is an Assistant Professor at the University of York working on tobacco control.

A pharmacist and epidemiologist by background, she is interested in public health intervention development and evaluation in low and middle income countries.

She is currently working on a number of projects including on smoking cessation and second-hand smoke exposure in South Africa and Bangladesh.


Alex Wright, University of Edinburgh

Alex is a Career Development Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Alex has a background in public health and social policy, and is particularly interested in issues of policy implementation, public accountability, and evidence-informed policy.

Before undertaking her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Alex held positions at the World Health Organization and at universities in Australia and Canada.

Her work has focused on areas including alcohol policy, global mental health, and homelessness.


International Research Fellows
Dr Gaurang Nazar, Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth, New Delhi

Gaurang is currently affiliated as a post-doctoral fellow with a not-for-profit organization in New Delhi (India), HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth). He is also an adjunct research fellow at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Gurugram (India).

He is interested in policy and epidemiologic research for strengthening tobacco control policies in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

His work has been focused on evaluation of the impact of smoke-free legislation, prevention of tobacco use among youth, tobacco advertising (including advertising and promotion of tobacco products through movies), pictorial health warnings and plain packaging of tobacco products.


Mr Praveen Kumar, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Praveen is an Assistant Professor at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India. His experience in academia includes successfully managing both administrative and teaching roles. He is designated as a Research Fellow to work in the area of Tobacco industry interference under the GCRF-TCCP Project.

He is keen to work in this area and intends to register for a PhD program at MAHE. He is collaborating with experts from University of Stirling, Bath, Nottingham and York in carrying out his research work.


Ms Somya Mullapudi, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Somya is a medical doctor and has completed her Master’s in Public Health at CSUF, USA. She is a Research Fellow working on Tobacco pack health warnings in India under the GCRF-TCCP Project at the Department of Community Medicine, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India.

She has registered for a PhD under MAHE and started work on compliance of health warnings on tobacco packets with the help of the Research assistants appointed under the project. She is also collaborating with experts from University of Stirling and University of Nottingham in carrying out the Research work.


Ms Radhika Nayak, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Radhika completed M.Com with economics background and an additional qualification of M.Sc(IT) is working as Research Coordinator of the project GCRF-TCCP at the Department of Community Medicine, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India.

She will ensure good coordination with the team in planning for the study. She is also the designated Research Fellow to work in the area of Tobacco economics. She intends to collaborate with experts from Universities at Stirling and South Africa in carrying out the study on Tobacco economics.


S M Abdullah, ARK Foundation, Bangladesh

S. M Abdullah is currently working as Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics in University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been actively involved in the research activities of ARK foundation since its inception. During the year of 2015 he has completed his MSc in Business and Economics from Lund University School of Economics and Management under Lund University, Sweden.

In particular, his research interest focuses on the issues related to the field of health economics, international trade and macroeconomics.

Selamawit Hirpa, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Selamawit Hirpa is a Research Fellow at the University of Addis Ababa, School of Public Health. She has eight years of work experience as a faculty at Adama University. In addition, she was engaged in Cancer Research Project at Addis Ababa University for 2 years.

Selam’s background is in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She worked in research areas of Tuberculosis and Reproductive Organs Cancer.

Dr Ernest Ngeh Tingum, University of Cape Town

Ernest is an Economist and Research Fellow at the Economics of Tobacco Control Project, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to this position, he was a research fellow in the School of Public Policy at the Central European University, Hungary.

Since 2013, he has been a team member for the project on “Tobacco Control Analysis and Intervention Evaluation in China and Tanzania” based at the Department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His current research interest is on tobacco taxation, illicit trade of tobacco products and tobacco industry interference.


Dr Denis Male, Center for Tobacco Control – Africa, Uganda

Denis is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) in Uganda. He has more than eight years of teaching and research experience at Makerere University, in areas of food safety management, epidemiology, food testing, public health management, environmental safety, and policy analysis.

Within the TCCP, Denis’ research focusses on four key areas, including:
1) Tobacco taxation policy.
2) Illicit trade in tobacco products.
3) Tobacco industry interference.
4) Alternative livelihoods for tobacco farming and business communities.


Dr Arti Singh, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Arti is a public health physician at the University Hospital (KNUST), Ghana and a research fellow on the GCRF Tobacco Control Capacity Progam. She has a research interest in non-communicable diseases including tobacco control, diabetes and hypertension.

Currently pursuing a PhD in Tobacco Control from University of Tampere (Finland).