Dr Katherine Keenan

Dr Katherine Keenan

Director of Impact

Researcher profile

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I have a background in anthropology, demography, and epidemiology. After my undergraduate degree, I had a spell working in editorial technology, after which I returned to education, and completed an MSc Demography and Health and PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). I went on work as a postdoc at both LSHTM and LSE before joining St Andrews as a lecturer in July 2017. 


I currently organise and help deliver the core quantitative methods teaching for human geography in St Andrews: 

GG3206: Quantitative Methods for Social Scientists 

GG4233: Advanced Quantitative Analysis 

GG3242: Geographies of the Life Course ( honours module runs on alternate years) 

I also contribute to SD1004, and SD masters teaching. 

 I am the Director of Impact and Innovation, and serve on the ethics committee. 

Research areas

I am trained in anthropology, demography and epidemiology, and my research interests are in the complex determinants of population health. Currently my work focusses on antimicrobial resistance and multimorbidity. I am particularly interested in modelling and understanding longitudinal processes: pathways, trajectories and intergenerational links. 

I am leading on several interdisciplinary projects, and I collaborate with psychiatrists, biologists, biomedical scientists, clinicians, microbiologists as well as academics from different social science backgrounds (e.g. anthropologists, geographers). I primarily use quantitative methods, but am an experienced mixed-methods researcher. Recently I have branched out into network based approaches and Bayesian modelling as a way to incorporate knowledge from diverse forms of data. 

My current projects:

  •  Chronic disease trajectories in Scotland - project funded by Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard (2019-23)
  • Antimicrobial Resistance in East Africa- I am a Co-I and analysis lead on the MRC-funded HATUA consortium (2018-21) and the NIHR-funded CARE project (2020-23)
  • Family size, structure and health - a collaboration with the Centre for Fertility and Health in Oslo and researchers in the UK and Sweden  (funded by Carnegie) 

PhD supervision

  • Xuejia Ke
  • Madeleine Clarkson
  • Anastasia Lam
  • Peter Dorey
  • Hellen Onyango
  • Joseph Harrison
  • Michaela Kyclova

Selected publications


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