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Sol Richardson

Sol Richardson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Tsinghua Vanke School of Public Health


Sol Richardson is Assistant Professor at Tsinghua Vanke School of Public Health, where he is leading the Epidemiology and Biostatistics course on the Master of Public Health (MPH) and International Master of Public Health (IMPH). He was previously Senior Epidemiologist at the NGO Malaria Consortium, where he led the scientific aspects of its Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) programme in Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria, Mozambique and Togo. He is also a Consultant for the World Health Organization and has worked on global emergency vaccine response, tobacco-related mortality and chewing tobacco use in South-East Asia, pandemic influenza preparedness, and COVID-19. He has served on scientific working groups including the SMC Alliance SMC Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group.


University College London: PhD in Life Course Social Epidemiology (2018)

Imperial College London: MSc in Modern Epidemiology (2011)

University of Cambridge: BA in Natural Sciences (2010)

Professional Experience (non-exhaustive list)

Consultant: World Health Organisation (2017– )

Senior Epidemiologist: Malaria Consortium (2019–2022)

Research Associate: Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (2018–2019)

European Commission: “Blue Book” Traineeship Programme: Directorate General for Health and Consumers, Luxembourg (2012)

Research Interests

Malaria, Social Epidemiology, Tobacco Control, Vaccines, Infectious Diseases

Representative Papers by Topic (non-exhaustive list)

Social Epidemiology

Richardson, S., Carr, E., Netuveli, G., Sacker, A. Country-level welfare state measures and change in wellbeing following work exit in early old age: Evidence from 16 European countries. International Journal of Epidemiology 2018, 48(2): 389–401.

Tobacco Control

Richardson, S., McNeill, A., Brose, B. Trends in smoking prevalence by mental health status and its associations with cigarette dependence and quitting behaviours in the British population, 1993–2014. Addictive Behaviors 2019, 90: 14 –19. 

Richardson, S., Langley, T., Szatkowski, L., Sims, M., Gilmore, A., McNeill, A., Lewis, S. Assessing the effects of volume and content of tobacco control mass media campaigns on monthly calls to the NHS Stop Smoking Helpline in England. Preventive Medicine 2014, 69: 43–48. 


Richardson, S., Moukenet A., Issakha Diar, MS., de Cola, AM., Rassi, C., Counihan, H., Roca-Feltrer, A. Modeled Impact of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention on District-Level Suspected and Confirmed Malaria Cases in Chad Based on Routine Clinical Data (2013–2018). American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


Ghiga, I., Richardson, S., Ropero Álvarez, AM., Naidoo, D., Thi, PN., Nguyen, PM., Nguyen, T. PIPDeploy: development and implementation of a gamified table top simulation exercise to strengthen national pandemic vaccine preparedness and readiness. Vaccine 2021, 39(2): 364–371.

Hill, A., Richardson, S., Nguyen, T. The reform of the International Coordinating Group (ICG) for Vaccine Provision: a new framework for coordination, accountability and transparency. Weekly Epidemiological Record 2019, 49(12): 591–600.

Nguyen, T., Richardson, S. Vaccine stockpile governance through partnership: The International Coordination Group on Emergency Vaccine Provision and its impacts. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2019, 79(supp 1): 132–133. 


Richardson, S., Ibinaiye, T., Nikau, J., Oresanya, O., Marasciulo, M., Roca-Feltrer, A., Rassi, C., Adesoro, O. Sources of public health information, knowledge of COVID-19 prevention behaviours and symptoms, and belief in misinformation on COVID-19, in the context of an adapted seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaign in six Nigerian states. Tropical Medicine and Health 2020, 48(1): 101.