Dr Susan Waigwa PhD, MPH, RSW

Dr Susan Waigwa

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham

Susan is a registered social worker.  Since joining academia, she has worked and developed public health research expertise especially in women’s health.  Susan has addressed issues around reproductive health, childbirth, violence against women and girls including domestic abuse and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

ORCiD: 0000-0002-2725-9472

ResearchGate profile 


  • PhD in Public Health, University of Birmingham, 2021
  • Social Work England, Registered Social Worker, 2016
  • MBA in Public Health, Coventry University, 2014
  • Diploma in medical and health counselling, Kenya Institute of social work and community development, 2011 
  • BA in Social Work and Social Administration, Kampala International University, 2010


Susan has been working at the University of Birmingham since 2015, first as a PhD researcher, then as research staff for various projects. Prior to that, Susan pursued higher education while practicing social work/related roles in the UK and in Kenya.


Research interests: Susan's research interests lie in the field of women’s health.

Current projects: Susan is currently working on childbirth related perineal trauma, language and female genital mutilation/cutting, prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting and forced marriage.


Littlemore J. and Waigwa, S. (2022), Written evidence: So called honour-based violence, UK Parliament, Available: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/114406/pdf/ [Accessed 12th June 2023].

Waigwa, S., Doos, L., Bradbury-Jones, C. and Taylor, J., (2018), Effectiveness of health education as an intervention designed to prevent female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C): a systematic review., Reproductive health, 15, pp.1-14.

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