Imperial College London

Dr. Alex de Figueiredo

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Academic Visitor



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Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am an EPSRC prize fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Nick JonesI am interested in finding mathematical solutions to complex issues in vaccinations and public health. Specifically, I am interested in: spatio-temporal forecasts of national and regional vaccine coverage rates; developing latent variable models for the large-scale inference of individuals' vaccination views; estimating disease burdens associated with increases in vaccine hesitancy (and declining coverage); and, determining socio-economic correlates of vaccine coverage and hesitancy.

I work closely with Dr. Heidi Larson who leads the Vaccine Confidence Project. Our recent publication The state of vaccine confidence 2016: global insights through a 67-country survey examines differences in countries' trust in vaccinations. It has received considerable media interest, having been published in ScienceScientific American, the Financial Times, and Le Monde.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Larson HJ, de Figueiredo A, Xiahong Z, et al., 2016, The state of vaccine confidence 2016: global insights through a 67-country survey, Ebiomedicine, Vol:12, ISSN:2352-3964, Pages:295-301

de Figueiredo A, Johnston IG, Smith DM, et al., 2016, Forecasted trends in vaccination coverage and correlations with socioeconomic factors: a global time-series analysis over 30 years., Lancet Global Health, Vol:4, ISSN:2214-109X, Pages:e726-e735

Christensen K, Papavassiliou D, de Figueiredo A, et al., 2015, Universality in ant behaviour, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Vol:12, ISSN:1742-5689

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