The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health

Lu Gram

Lu Gram is currently a Research Associate at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. Lu completed his PhD at UCL in 2018 on women’s empowerment in a complex public health trial in Nepal. Before joining IGH, he has worked with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a number of large-scale public health trials in Africa and South Asia on topics including newborn vitamin A on the first 6 months’ of life, simplified antibiotic regimens for treatment of neonatal sepsis, technological and community-based alternatives to health worker motivation and the promotion of child survival, growth and development through home visits. He is currently based in London, but spends part of the year on project work in India, where he works on a large-scale cluster-randomised controlled trial using community mobilisation to prevent violence against women. His main research interest lies at the intersection between women’s empowerment, economics, sociology and public health in the promotion of grassroots collective action for women’s empowerment.


Low Birth Weight in South Asia Trial (LBWSAT)

Selected Publications

Gram, Lu, et al. (2018). ‘Do Participatory Learning and Action Women’s Groups Alone or Combined with Cash or Food Transfers Expand Women’s Agency in Rural Nepal?’ The Journal of Development Studies, March, 1–17.

Saville, N., Bhim, S., Style, S., Harris-Fry, H., Beard, J., Sengupta, A., . . . Costello, A. (2016). Protocol of the Low Birth Weight South Asia Trial (LBWSAT), a cluster-randomised controlled trial testing impact on birth weight and infant nutrition of Participatory Learning and Action through women's groups, with and without unconditional transfers of fortified food or cash during pregnancy in Nepal. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Gram, L., Morrison, J., Sharma, N., Manandhar, D., Costello, A., Saville, N., & Skordis-Worrall, J. (2016). Validating an Agency-Based Tool for Measuring Women’s Empowerment in a Complex Public Health Trial in Rural Nepal. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. doi:10.1080/19452829.2016.1251403