Dr. Philippa Waterhouse is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care at The Open University. Previously, she worked as a Teaching Fellow at The Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton. She holds qualifications in Population Studies (Bsc: UoS) and Demography (Msc & PhD: UoS). She is currently Programme Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care at The Open University.
Philippa's research interests and expertise lie at the intersection between Demography and Sociology. Her academic work centres on exploring population health in under-researched contexts and groups, with a particular focus on women and children. She has applied this interest to explore a diversity of substantial health challenges that manifest in a range of developmental contexts; including work-family balance in sub-Saharan Africa, the sexual and reproductive health of young women in conflict contexts, the SRH of women who have sex with women in the UK, and multimorbidity in sub-Saharan Africa.
Philippa's expertise has led to her contributing to the development of teaching material focusing on timely and contemporary debates on health, for example Global Health and Ageing Societies (K242). She also has a passion for the harnessing of technology to enhance student quality of learning and student success. For example, in the rewrite of K311, Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice, Philippa led on the development of a 'Map my skills' interactive tool to aid students in the collection of evidence for professional registration - a tool that has potential for application across a range of disciplines. She was module chair for two-year for K101, Introduction to Health and Social Care, a key introductory module at the Open University and the gateway into the Health and Social Care Degree.
Philippa's research is explicitly designed to provide insights into the health of marginalised groups, in particular challenging strongly engrained assumptions. For example, her work on work-family balance in sub-Saharan Africa challenges assumptions around the compatibility of informal labour and childcare, and argues for the greater recognition of th relationship between women's work and other development goals. Her work also considers the application of knowledge, theories and concepts to under-researched contexts.
Philippa is committed to the development of open educational resources, which engages the public in key health debates. For example, she was one of the lead academics on the OpenLearn interactive 'Type 2 diabetes across the globe: What's going on?', which approaches a complex health topic in an accessible and engaging way.
Philippa's past and present collaborations have included:
Philippa's interest in population health has resulted in her being invited to review manuscripts for international recognised journals including Maternal and Child Health Journal, International Journal for Equity in Health and Journal of Biosocial Science.