Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Senior Research Fellow







Translation & Innovation Hub BuildingWhite City Campus






Dr Peden was educated in South Africa and holds degrees in nursing and epidemiology. She worked as an ICU nurse for 10 years before taking up a position at the SA-MRC in 1993.

In 2000 she moved to WHO, Geneva, where she coordinated the unintentional injury prevention team for 17 years. She was the executive editor of both world reports on Road traffic injury prevention (2004) and Child injury prevention (2008). She also authored multiple WHO documents on road safety, adolescent health, alcohol, and other unintentional injuries. She coordinated WHOs contribution to the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and the first three global status reports on road safety.

Dr Peden currently holds academic positions at Imperial College London and the University of New South Wales and an honourary position at Johns Hopkins University. She is Head of Global Injury at The George Institute for Global Health and Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention.

Dr Peden’s academic interests include identifying and evaluating appropriate interventions to prevent child injuries in low-income settings and implementing frameworks to improve nurses’ efficacy in emergency and accident units. She is particularly interested in using participatory methodologies to develop good practices for the most vulnerable in society.




Peden M, Ameratunga S, Mytton J, et al., 2022, The Step Safely guidelines: a catalyst to address the burden of falls in children and adolescents, The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, Vol:6, ISSN:2352-4642, Pages:673-674

Keshri VR, Peden M, Jain T, et al., 2022, Impact of COVID-19 and containment measures on burn care: A qualitative exploratory study, Burns, Vol:48, ISSN:0305-4179, Pages:1497-1508

GBD 2019 Adolescent Transport and Unintentional Injuries Collaborators, 2022, Adolescent transport and unintentional injuries: a systematic analysis using the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019., The Lancet Public Health, Vol:7, ISSN:2468-2667, Pages:e657-e669

Rosen HE, Bari I, Paichadze N, et al., 2022, Global road safety 2010-18: an analysis of global status reports, Injury, ISSN:0020-1383

Hyder AA, Hoe C, Hijar M, et al., 2022, The political and social contexts of global road safety: challenges for the next decade, The Lancet, Vol:400, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:127-136

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