Associate Professor Louise Signal is a Director of the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit at the University of Otago, Wellington.
She has worked and done research in the field of health promotion for over 30 years in a range of roles, including Senior Advisor (Health Promotion) for the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Louise is a social scientist with a PhD in Community Health from the University of Toronto. She is the Regional Director of the South West Pacific Region of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).
Associate Profesor Signal’s research focuses on identifying and addressing environmental determinants of health. Her research has a strong focus on addressing inequities, particularly for Māori, Pacific and low-income communities. Key foci include obesity prevention, addressing harm from alcohol and gambling and tackling inequities in cancer treatment. Her research utilises qualitative research methods, policy research and mixed method research design. Associate Professor Signal is principal investigator on an innovative research project that studies the world children live in, Kids’Cam. It utilises automated cameras to record children’s worlds. Currently there are 17 projects underway or completed using this data in New Zealand. She is currently leading similar research in Tonga in collaboration with Dr Viliami Puloka and the Tongan Government.