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.
Rwanda 20 years on: investing in life. April 3, 2014. Lancet.Link to Abstract
Poverty, disease, and the ecology of complex systems. April 1, 2014. PLoS biology.Link to Abstract
A Randomized Trial of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food Versus Corn-Soy Blend Plus as Food Rations for HIV-Infected Adults on Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural Haiti. February 17, 2014. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.Link to Abstract
Economic valuation of subsistence harvest of wildlife in madagascar. January 9, 2014. Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology.Link to Abstract
Disease ecology, biodiversity, and the latitudinal gradient in income. December 27, 2012. PLoS biology.Link to Abstract
Clusters of poverty and disease emerge from feedbacks on an epidemiological network. December 19, 2012. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.Link to Abstract
The impact of reducing financial barriers on utilisation of a primary health care facility in Rwanda. July 6, 2011. Global public health.Link to Abstract
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.Link to Abstract
Poverty trap formed by the ecology of infectious diseases. December 9, 2009. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society.Link to Abstract
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.Link to Abstract
Public land management and institutional reform: evidence from Mississippi's School Trust Land history January 1, 2008. Southern Business and Economics Journal.
On the Productivity of Public Forests: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis of Mississippi School Trust Timber Production January 1, 2007. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.
Host life-history strategy explains pathogen-induced sterility. July 26, 2006. The American naturalist.Link to Abstract
Higher disease prevalence can induce greater sociality: a game theoretic coevolutionary model. September 1, 2005. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution.Link to Abstract
Improving institutional incentives for public land management: an econometric analysis of school trust land leases January 1, 2005. Journal of Institutional Economics.
Calculating wetland mitigation banking credits: adjusting for wetland function and location January 1, 2003. Natural Resources Journal.
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Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
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