Dr Olufunke Alaba
Dr Olufunke Alaba, a Senior Lecturer at the Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health, University of Cape Town and Research Fellow at the accredited UCT Research Centre for Health through Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Sport. (HPALS), has authored/co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications. Her research spans across health inequalities and equity; econometric analysis, and ecological factors related to physical activity, food security and obesity across the life-course, including Social Determinants of Health and most recently, economic returns and equity analysis of behavioral change interventions. She supervises /co-supervises PhD candidates and MSc/MPhil students.
Currently, serving as a co-coordinator of the International Health Economics Association’s Special Interest Group on the Economics of Obesity, Dr. Alaba was a co-investigator for the South Africa CO-CREATE study ((Confronting Obesity: co-creating policy with youth), a 5-year initiative funded by the European Union’ Horizon. Additionally, she is a health economic analyst for various trial, including the START trial, and the ongoing SMS adherence support trial for Hypertension in HIV, both conducted in Cape Town. Dr Alaba is also involved in the Cardiometabolic disease risk evaluation and reduction in African people living with HIV infection (CaDERAL) study. Dr. Alaba’s expertise extends to the economic analysis of Public Health intervention on Physical activity like the outdoor gyms.
In 2023, Dr Alaba became an Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Vanguard fellow at the University of Birmingham, hosted by Professor Emma Frew of the Health Economics Unit. Her fellowship aims to foster collaboration between the University of Cape Town and the University of Birmingham in the areas of Economics of Obesity and Social Determinants of Health. The fellowship offers an opportunity to engage with researchers across various disciplines, departments and Institutes including the Centre for Economics of Obesity, the Department of Public Health, the Institute for Global Innovation, and the College of Medical and Dental Services at the University of Birmingham, promoting cutting-edge projects and collaborative initiatives.