Research - Our Team

Céline Aerts is a postdoctoral fellow with a background in Health Economics. She completed a Marie Curie PhD fellowship at ISGlobal in close collaboration with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the Swiss Tropical Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Imperial College London. Her PhD focused on the various challenges associated with tackling neglected diseases, ranging from product development to implementation and adoption.

Since the end of her PhD, Céline Aerts has been involved in various projects. For instance, she worked on understanding the quality of life among pregnant women infected with schistosomiasis in Madagascar (FreeBILy); measuring the acute costs of meningitis among neonates in Mozambique and South Africa (GIBSY); designing a discrete choice experiment to elicit preferences towards vaccination against Chagas disease in Argentina and Spain (CRUZIVAX); and analyzing the role of disease knowledge and risk perception in shaping preventive behavior towards Covid-19 in Catalonia, Spain (COVICAT).

Céline Aerts holds graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Kent and University College London.

Lines of research

  • Health economics
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Research and development
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Impact evaluation methods

Main publications

  • Aerts C, Sunyoto T, Tediosi F, Sicuri E, Are public-private partnerships the solution to tackle neglected tropical diseases? A systematic review of the literature. Health Policy. 2017.121(7):745-754. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2017.05.005. 
  • Aerts C, Vink M, Jalal S, Sami Nahzat P, Picado A, Cruz I, et al. Cost Effectiveness of New Diagnostic Tools for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Afghanistan. Appl Health Econ Health Policy. 2019.17(2):213–30. (
  • Aerts C, Revilla M, Duval L, Paaijmans K, Chandrabose J, Cox H, et al. Understanding the role of disease knowledge and risk perception in shaping preventive behavior for selected vector-borne diseases. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020.14(4):1–19.
  • The London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research. An Innovative Research Collaboration: Selected Research Highlights 2021.