Shereen Hussein

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Shereen Hussein

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Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


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My background is in Medical Demography and Population Science, with a Masters degree from the LSHTM, and a PhD from the London School of Economics. Before joining the LSHTM in January 2021, I was a Professor of Care and Health Policy Evaluation and Associate Director of the PSSRU at the University of Kent. Prior to this, I was a Chair at King’s College London. I maintain honorary professorships at the University of Kent, KCL and University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

My research career started in 1991 after completing undergraduate studies in statistics and economics; I worked in research focused on population development with international organisations such as the Population Council, the United Nations, Ford Foundation and the League of Arab States. During that time, my focus was on child and maternal morbidity, social determinants of health and gender equality and family formation in North Africa and West Asia.

Since 2003, my research had focused primarily on the UK health and care policy and service delivery, organisation and outcomes with comparative elements across Europe. I have led several large projects on migration/mobility, global care; transnational social work; diversity and equality, wage poverty, structures and differentials, and evaluations of national schemes focused on improving workforce outcomes and piloting new models of working in care health settings. I have supported several governments in developing their aged care and health strategies and plans in collaboration with organisations such as the United Nations, UNICEF, the WHO and others.


I am the founder and lead of the Middle East and North Africa Research on Ageing Healthy (

Research interests


Long-term care delivery

Care workforce




Community health services


Healthy ageing

informal carers

Recruitment and retention

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care

Protecting older people living in care homes from COVID-19: a protocol for a mixed-methods study to understand the challenges and solutions to implementing social distancing and isolation.

COVID19 and the wellbeing of the UK social care workforce


LTCcovid webinar presentations


Key publications

Yazdanpanahi, M. and Hussein, S. (2021) Sustainable Ageing: Supporting Healthy Ageing and Independence Amongst Older Turkish Migrants in the UKSustainability, 13, 10387.

Fitzpatrick JM, Rafferty AM, Hussein SEzhova, I., Palmer, S. Adams, R., Rees, L., Brearley, S., Sims, S. & Harris, R. (2021) Protecting older people living in care homes from COVID-19: a protocol for a mixed-methods study to understand the challenges and solutions to implementing social distancing and isolation. BMJ Open 2021;11:e050706. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050706

Lau Y.S., Malisauskaite, G., Brookes, N., Hussein, S. & Sutton, M. (2021). Complements or substitutes? Associations between volumes of care provided in the community and hospitals. The European Journal of Health Economics. PMID: 34138375 DOI: 10.1007/s10198-021-01329-6

Ismail, M., & Hussein, S. (2021). An Evidence Review of Ageing, Long-Term Care Provision and Funding Mechanisms in Turkey: Using Existing Evidence to Estimate Long-Term Care CostSustainability, 13(11), 6306. doi:10.3390/su13116306

Turnpenny, A. and Hussein, S. (2021) Migrant Home Care Workers in the UK: a Scoping Review of Outcomes and Sustainability and Implications in the Context of BrexitJournal of International Migration and Integration. DOI: 10.1007/s12134-021-00807-3

Stevens, M., Harris, J., Moriarty, J., Hussein, S., Manthorpe, J. and Cornes, M. (2021) What encourages care workers to continue working in intellectual disability services in England? Interview findingsJournal of Intellectual Disabilities, 25(3): 317-332.

Hussein, S. (2020) Inter-European social workers’ mobility within a dynamic social work and immigration policy context: A case study of England. European Journal of Social Work, 23(4): 566-579.

Salcher-Konrad, M., Naci, H., McDaid, D., Alladi, S., Oliveira, D., Fry, A., Hussein, S., Knapp, M., Musyimi, C., Ndetei, D., Lopez-Ortega, M. and Comas-Herrera, A. (2019) Effectiveness of interventions for dementia in low- and middle-income countries: protocol for a systematic review, pairwise and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open.

Ismail, M. and Hussein, S. (2019) Long-Term Care Policies in the Gulf Region: A Case Study of OmanJournal of Aging and Social Policy. 31(4): 338-357.

Aspinal, F., Stevens, M., Manthorpe, J., Woolham, J., Samsi, K., Baxter, K., Hussein, S. and Ismail, M. (2019) Safeguarding and personal budgets: the experiences of adults at risk. Journal of Adult Protection. 21(3): 157-1168.

Stevens, M., Moriarty, J., Harris, J., Manthorpe, J., Hussein, S., Cornes, M. (2019) Social care managers and care workers’ understandings of personalisation in older people’s services. Working with Older People, 23(1): 37-45.

Khattab, N and Hussein, S. (2018) Can religious affiliation explain the disadvantage of Muslim women in the British labour market? Work, Employment and Society. 32(6) 1011–1028.

Hussein, S. (2018) Work Engagement, Burnout and Personal Accomplishments Among Social Workers: A Comparison Between Those Working in Children and Adults’ Services in England. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 45(6):911-923.

Hussein, S. (2018) Job Demand, Control and Unresolved Stress within the Emotional Work of Long Term Care in England. International Journal of Care and Caring, 2(1): 89-107.


Stevens, M., Woolham, J., Manthorpe, J., Aspinal, F., Hussein, S., Baxter, K., Samsi, K., Ismail, M. (2018) ‘Implementing safeguarding and personalisation in social work: findings from practice’, Journal of Social Work. 18(1): 3-22.

LTCCovid contributions