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Vivian Lam

Vivian Lam

PhD Student

Towards "Defeating meningitis by 2030": an interdisciplinary contribution to the WHO's global roadmap


Originally from Norway, I completed my BSc in Health and Human Sciences at Durham University in 2016 followed by an MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge in 2017. I then worked for two years prior to commencing my PhD, chiefly as Policy Officer at EAT, an international non-profit organisation based in Oslo.

Departments and Institutes

Veterinary Medicine:

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in human infectious disease epidemiology and vaccines with an emphasis on understanding the knowledge, attitudes, practices, and intentions that inform health-seeking behaviours.

My PhD research focuses on acute bacterial meningitis and seeks to contribute to the implementation of the WHO’s upcoming global strategy to defeat meningitis by 2030 at national and regional levels. Thanks to an interdisciplinary background, I bring aspects from public health, epidemiology and medical anthropology to my work alongside experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods.


  • Anthropology
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health


  • Public Health
  • Meningitis