Yuba Raj Baral

Nepalese research student Yuba Raj Baral explains his path to his PhD and what he is particularly interested in.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I joined London Metropolitan University as a PhD student in February 2010. I am originally from Nepal and graduated from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, with a degree in Population Studies. In 2007, I completed an MSc in Health Services and Public Health Research with the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Before joining London Met as a research student, I worked as a lecturer with the Population Gender and Development Programme in Pokhara University, Nepal, and was involved with various public health related research projects in Nepal.

What are your particular research interests?

My primary research interest is in international health and health research policy, particularly in public health problems in developing countries. More specifically, my research interests concern:

  • maternal and child health
  • reproductive and sexual health research
  • public health promotion
  • public health  policy  

Do you do any teaching work alongside your research?

I am currently teaching health and social care at undergraduate level. I am particularly interested in teaching social health care policy and public health issues.

What are you working on currently?

My current project is looking at the factors affecting the utilisation of skilled birth attendants for delivery in Kaski District of Nepal.


  • Baral YR. (2011) Challenges of Family Planning in Nepal. Blog Published 1st November 2011
  • Baral YR. (2011) Use of Skilled Birth Attendants in Nepal. Blog Published  20 September 2011
  • Baral YR (2011). Health and Medical Research in Nepal: A Brief Review. LAMBERT ACADEMIC Publishing; ISBN  978-3.8443.2785-4
  • Baral YR, Lyons K, Skinner J, vanTeijlingen E. (2011) Maternal Health Services Utilisation in Nepal: Progress in the new millennium? Paper Accepted in Health Science Journal for publication
  • Baral YR, Lyons K, Skinner J, vanTeijlingen E. (2011) Determinants of Skilled Birth Attendants for Delivery in Nepal. Paper accepted in Kathmandu University Medical Journal for publication
  • Baral YR. (2010) Factors affecting utilization of skilled birth attendants for delivery in Nepal. Abstract published postgraduate research conference. London Metropolitan University
  • Simkhada P, Baral YR and van Teijlingen ER (2010). Health and Medical Research in Nepal: A Bibliometric Review; Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 22, 492-500            
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