Carmen Christian is a development economist who is passionate about public health issues. Her understanding of these issues is strengthened by her inter-disciplinary background in health sciences and economics. She joined the Department of Economics at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in 2011 after working in the South African health sector for over seven years. Her research interests include health-seeking behaviour, health inequalities, access to healthcare and quality of (health)care.
She is currently finishing her PhD in Economics at Stellenbosch University. Her PhD explores drivers of poor tuberculosis outcomes in post-apartheid South Africa. Carmen believes that her chosen career path will advance research that impacts health policy – and ultimately health outcomes – for the better.