Professor James Lewis
Co-lead and Academic Director, Y Lab
@ylabwales we support and promote experimentation and innovation in public services in Wales.
I also conduct research in global health, focusing on conducting pragmatic evaluations of health system innovations across a range of disease areas and geographies.
2001 –2005: PhD in Epidemiology at Imperial College London.
“Behavioural, demographic and social risk factors for HIV infection in rural Zimbabwe.” Received MRC funding.
1999 –2000: MSc in Applied Statistics at the University of Oxford.
Grade: Distinction. Gutierrez Toscano prize for joint top result. Received EPSRC funding.
1996 – 1999: BA (Hons) in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
2016 – 2018: Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Based in London.
2013 – 2018: Deputy Director, Centre for Evaluation, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
2013 – 2016: Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Based in London.
2012 – 2013: Lecturer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Based in London.
2007 – 2012: Lecturer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Based at Aurum Institute, Johannesburg.
2005 – 2007: Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Based at Aurum Institute, Johannesburg.
2001: Research assistant, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra.
2000 – 2001: Research assistant, Centre for Socioeconomic Research, Welsh School of Pharmacy, University of Wales, Cardiff.
Committees and reviewing
Statistical reviewer, Lancet journals
@ylabwales we are conducting research on public service innovation, including working with projects on our Innovate to Save programme https://www.nesta.org.uk/project/innovate-save/
The primary evaluation methodologies I have applied in global health have been cluster randomised trials and stepped wedge trials, always in interdisciplinary teams. I currently work on projects in Wales, Peru, Burkina Faso and India. I lived in Johannesburg for seven years and I have also worked on projects in China, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
I am interested in supervising PhD and Professional Doctorate students in the areas of:
- public services innovation
- social innovation
- smart cities
- global health