Lourdes Cantarero Arevalo

Lourdes Cantarero Arevalo

Associate Professor

I am an economist and a public health professional working for the Social and Clinical Pharmacy Research Group.  

In 2013 I received my PhD in Health Sciences from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. I also hold a Master in International Cooperation for Development from Complutense University, Madrid and a Post-graduate in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. I have worked for 10 years as a consultant for the European Commission (EuropeAid) and for the World Health Organization – Regional Office for Europe. 

With the Socioeconomic and Gender Determinants of Health as theoretical framework, I use registers, surveys and qualitative-based methods to understand how sociodemographic and socioeconomic factors that influence access to and use of complex medicines regimes among children, adolescents and young people.  

I am testing and adapting participatory research methods that can enhance young people’s involvement in research while at the same time having a beneficial effect for them. Currently in charge of organizing the Nordic Social Pharmacy and Health Service Research Conference to be held in Denmark in June 2019.

Current research

Selected research projects I am currently working on:

  • Testing research methods to enhance self-management of chronic conditions among adolescents and young people
  • Investigating knowledge, perceptions and attitudes about antiobitics in low and middle income countries
  • Designing evidence-based interventions to promote appropriate use of antibiotics among vulnerable groups 

Primary fields of research

  • Socioeconomic and gender determinants of children's and young people health and healthcare
  • Ethnic differences in use of complex medicines regimes among children, adolescents and young adults
  • Gender, ethnicity and religion and their links to use of and access to medicines



Transparency and Trustworthiness in Drug Development - The ethics of Drug Regulation

Post-graduate course. Course Director, teacher and examiner


Pharmaceutical Policy - Ethics part

Master level. Teacher, supervisor and examiner


Social Pharmacy

Bachelor level. Supervisor and examiner


Contemporary Social Pharmacy - an innovation-based course

Bachelor and Master. Course co-responsible, teacher and examiner


Research Methods in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Master level. Course responsible, teacher and examiner

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