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Tanja A.J. Houweling

Assistant Professor
Tanja A.J. Houweling

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Social Epidemiology
Tanja A.J. Houweling

I am assistant professor at the Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, and honorary senior research associate at the Institute for Global Health, University College London. My research focuses on socioeconomic inequalities in health and development in the first two decades of life, and the intergenerational transmission of inequalities and disadvantage, worldwide. My work on the linkages between society and health builds on my backgrounds in the medical sciences (PhD public health, MSc epidemiology) and the social sciences (MA cultural & medical anthropology (cum laude) and non-western sociology (cum laude)). I lead cross-disciplinary research consortia, including an NWO funded consortium on a Promising Start in the First 1000 Days of Life in the Netherlands (€1.3m) and internationally collaborative research on health equity and universal health coverage (€2.5m). I also supervise a ZonMW funded project on inequalities in early child development using Generation R birth cohort data (€400k).

Previously, I was senior research associate at the UCL Institute for Global Health and scientific coordinator of a £5 million project on maternal and newborn health in Asia and Africa. As such, I was responsible for large intervention studies, including cluster randomised trials, on maternal and newborn mortality in India and Bangladesh. I have also led an ESRC-funded project on socioeconomic inequalities in newborn health (£450k). Between 2005 and 2008, I worked for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and its international Knowledge Network on Early Child Development. I am lead author of four chapters of the Commission’s final report, including the chapters on Early Child Development and Social Protection.

P.O. Box 2040
3000 CA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Visitor address:

Dr.Molewaterplein 40, 3015 GD Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Publications list

Most relevant publications

How to reach every newborn: three key messages

Houweling, T. A., J. Morrison, K. Azad, D. S. Manandhar, G. Alcock, S. Shende, P. Tripathy, and A. Costello

Lancet Global Health

Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health

Marmot, M., S. Friel, R. Bell, T. A. Houweling, and S. Taylor


Bucking the inequality gradient through early child development

Hertzman, C., A. Siddiqi, E. Hertzman, L. G. Irwin, Z. Vaghri, T. A. Houweling, R. Bell, A. Tinajero, and M. Marmot


A prediction model for neonatal mortality in low- and middle-income countries: an analysis of data from population surveillance sites in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

Houweling, T. A. J., D. van Klaveren, S. Das, K. Azad, P. Tripathy, D. Manandhar, M. Neuman, E. de Jonge, J. V. Been, E. Steyerberg, and A. Costello

Int J Epidemiol

The equity impact of community women's groups to reduce neonatal mortality: a meta-analysis of four cluster randomized trials

Houweling, T. A. J., C. W. N. Looman, K. Azad, S. Das, C. King, A. Kuddus, S. Lewycka, D. S. Manandhar, N. Sah More, J. Morrison, T. Phiri, S. Rath, M. Rosato, A. Sen, P. Tripathy, A. Prost, D. Osrin, and A. Costello

Int J Epidemiol

Reaching the poor with health interventions: programme-incidence analysis of seven randomised trials of women's groups to reduce newborn mortality in Asia and Africa

Houweling, T. A., J. Morrison, G. Alcock, K. Azad, S. Das, M. Hossen, A. Kuddus, S. Lewycka, C. W. Looman, B. B. Magar, D. S. Manandhar, M. Akter, A. L. Dube, S. Rath, N. Saville, A. Sen, P. Tripathy, A. Costello, and EquiNaM group


World Health Report 2000: inequality index and socioeconomic inequalities in mortality

Houweling, T. A., A. E. Kunst, and J. P. Mackenbach


Do Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Mental Health? Evidence From Tanzania's Governmental Social Protection Program

Prencipe, L., T. A. J. Houweling, F. J. van Lenthe, T. Palermo, and Pssn Youth Evaluation Team

J Adolesc Health

The Effect of Increased Coverage of Participatory Women's Groups on Neonatal Mortality in Bangladesh: A Cluster Randomized Trial

Fottrell, E., K. Azad, A. Kuddus, L. Younes, S. Shaha, T. Nahar, B. H. Aumon, M. Hossen, J. Beard, T. Hossain, A. M. Pulkki-Brannstrom, J. Skordis-Worrall, A. Prost, A. Costello, and T. A. Houweling

JAMA Pediatr

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