Dr Bassey Ebenso



Bassey is a Lecturer in International Public Health at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development. He has over 25 years’ experience in global health focusing on health policy and systems strengthening in low- and middle-income contexts, the first 15 years of which were in management positions in disease control programmes in Nigeria and the Niger Republic, including working as Country Director of an international organisation. These roles heightened his interest and expertise in health systems, policy formulation and human resources management.

Bassey joined the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development in 2013 as a Research Fellow and has developed collaborative health systems and services research programmes involving partners from African and Asian countries. His work on developing guidelines and toolkits for reducing health-related stigma have contributed to national and international policy changes leading to wide-scale consideration and implementation of stigma-reduction interventions in many parts of the world.

His most recent work involves understanding how (and under what circumstances) implementing digital health strategies can strengthen health systems in resource-constrained countries to expand access to healthcare services and improve health outcomes.

Bassey’s research has been supported by funders including EuropeAid, the UK Space Agency, and UK Research Councils (e.g. MRC, ESRC, DfID). Bassey has substantial teaching experience at under- and post-graduate levels at the University of Leeds, supervising taught postgraduate and PhD students as well as external examining in other universities.