We are a network of researchers from ten organisations in seven countries on three continents. 

On this page are the institutions, Principal Investigators and core staff for the GDAR Spaces research, starting in 2021. A list of researchers and staff engaged with the first period of GDAR research, 2017-2021 can be found here.

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Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte

  • Waleska Caiaffa. Director of the Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health.


Health of Populations in Transition Research Group (HoPiT), University of Yaoundé 1

  • Jean Claude Mbanya. Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Consultant Physician; Director of the Health in Transition Research Group; Director of the National Obesity Centre University of Yaoundé; Chief of the Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases Unit at the Hospital Central in Yaoundé. 
  • Felix Assah. Deputy Director and Clinical Fellow. Dr Assah is undertaking a population-based study of the links between objectively measured physical activity, metabolic disease risk and rural and urban living in Cameroon.


Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), University of the West Indies (UWI)

  • Alafia Samuels. Joint Lead for GDAR. Honorary professor at the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Deputy Dean for Research and Graduate Programmes, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies.
  • Marshall Tulloch-Reid. Professor of Epidemiology and Endocrinology. Director of CAIHR. Co-Director of the Caribbean Branch of the US Cochrane Centre.
  • Georgiana Gordon-Strachan. Director, Tropical Metabolism Research Unit.


Centre for Global Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

  • Charles Obonyo. Chief Research Officer. Epidemiologist with an interest on evidence synthesis, physical activity and dietary determinants of NCD and childhood obesity.
  • Pamela Wadende. Psychologist & Senior Lecturer (Kisii University)


Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, University of Lagos

  • Taibat Lawanson. Co-Director of the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development. 

South Africa

School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT)

SAMRC / Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit (DPHRU), University of the Witwatersrand

SAMRC Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science – PRICELESS SA, Wits School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand


Global Diet and Activity Research Group, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

School of Public Health, Imperial College London


UN-Habitat Secretariat