Charlotte Watts is Head of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group and founding director of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre, in the Department for Global Health and Development at LSHTM. Originally trained as a mathematician, with further training in epidemiology, economics and social science methods, she has twenty years experience in international HIV and violence research, bringing a strong multi-disciplinary perspective to the complex challenge of addressing violence against women and HIV in low and middle income countries.
Charlotte has more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals, leads a large multi-disciplinary research team and manages a large portfolio of research grants. This includes serving as Research Director of the DFID funded STRIVE structural drivers HIV Research Programme Consortium; Chair of the Expert Working Group to Assess the Global Burden of Inter-Personal Violence; and principal investigator on three cluster randomized controlled trials to assess the impact of different models of intimate partner violence prevention in sub-Saharan Africa. Senior positions include acting as a core research team member for the WHO multi-country study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence, and senior advisor to the IMAGE micro-finance and participatory gender training intervention in rural South Africa. She has served on Expert Consultations for UNAIDS, WHO, the World Bank, UNESCO and UNICEF, and was an organizing committee member for the US Institute of Medicine, The Contagion of Violence: A workshop of the Forum on Global Violence Prevention.