Prof Padam Simkhada, Professor of International Public Health at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, delivered the keynote speech in the International Conference on Mixed Methods Research (ICMMR 2019) at the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India on Saturday 23rd February 2019. Professor Simkhada also gave an inaugural speech on the implications of mixed methods on health service research during the conference inauguration ceremony.
An established researcher, Prof Simkhada has published over 150 research articles in national and international scientific journals on various topics. He has published over 20 methodologies papers. His work is mainly focussed on South Asia.
"I feel greatly honoured and it gave me immense pleasure to be the keynote speaker for such a prestigious conference as it has encouraged me to work closely with our international partners in Low and Middle Income Countries” said Prof Simkhada.
Prof Simkhada is working tirelessly to build and strengthen the LJMU's international links and partnerships around the world and is keen on cross-fertilisation and exchange of ideas, knowledge and skills between the University and partner institutions in order to share good practice in teaching and research across the world. Prof Simkhada is Coordinator of Global Consortium for Public Health Research led by PHI and visiting professor of Bournemouth University in the UK, Tribhuvan University and Pokhara University in Nepal, and the Detta Megha Institute of Medical Science in India. PHI focuses its global collaborations in the Indian sub-continent.
The Public Health Institute (PHI) specialises in applied research and educational programmes addressing health issues at all levels from policy development to service delivery. PHI is committed to a multidisciplinary approach to public health and works in partnership with health services, local authorities, judicial bodies, environmental services and community groups.
This year’s ICMMR conference was held at the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala India on February 22-24, 2019. Over 200 delegates from 10 countries, mainly from India and other South Asian countries participated the conference.