Research Associate in Global Health and Social Medicine
Matthew Bonds has a Ph.D. in economics and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia. He joined the Harvard Medical School faculty after a postdoctoral fellowship in sustainable development under the mentorship of Jeffrey Sachs at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. His research explores relationships among ecology, infectious diseases, and economic development, with an applied focus on the role of healthcare in promoting economic growth in areas of extreme poverty. While developing formal theoretical frameworks, Dr. Bonds works with Partners In Health along with government bodies in Rwanda to measure the socioeconomic and health impacts of their health system. These efforts rely on a broad range of data and methods, including population and business survey data, geographic information systems, and mathematical and statistical modeling. This work is largely funded by: a Fogarty International Research Scientist Career Development Award (NIH); and a Population Health Implementation and Training grant to Partners In Health from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Disease ecology, biodiversity, and the latitudinal gradient in income. December 27, 2012. PLoS biology.
Clusters of poverty and disease emerge from feedbacks on an epidemiological network. December 19, 2012. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.
The impact of reducing financial barriers on utilisation of a primary health care facility in Rwanda. July 6, 2011. Global public health.
Health safety nets can break cycles of poverty and disease: a stochastic ecological model. May 18, 2011. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.
Poverty trap formed by the ecology of infectious diseases. December 9, 2009. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society.
Herd immunity acquired indirectly from interactions between the ecology of infectious diseases, demography and economics. September 9, 2009. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.
Host life-history strategy explains pathogen-induced sterility. July 26, 2006. The American naturalist.
Higher disease prevalence can induce greater sociality: a game theoretic coevolutionary model. September 1, 2005. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution.
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