Helen Risebro


  • 2.25 Medical School

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Key Responsibilities

Research staff representative on the Research Staff Working Group and the Research Staff Skills Development group.

Academic Background

  • MSc Health Sciences, University of York, 2003
  • BSc Health Sciences, University of York, 2001


Research Associate, Norwich Medical School, UEA, March 2004-present

  • 2010-present, Research Advisor. Research Design Service (RDS), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • 2010-2011, Research Associate. Risk assessment of VTEC infections in drinking water. Supported by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) with funds from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
  • 2006-2010, Research Associate. Healthy Water: assessing the human health impacts from emerging microbial pathogens in drinking water by molecular and epidemiological studies. European Commission.
  • 2006, Research Associate. Cost benefit Analysis of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions. World Health Organisation.
  • 2006, Research Associate. Epibathe: investigating the health risks associated with bathing waters to support future reviews and revision of the EU's Bathing Water Directive. European Commission.
  • 2004-2006, Research Associate. MicroRisk: developing and evaluating a harmonized framework for quantitative assessment of the microbial safety of drinking water. European Commission.

Research Assistant, 2003-2004. Centre for Health Economics, Research and Evaluation (CHERE), University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). 2003-2004,

Research Assistant, 2002. York Trials Unit, University of York.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology
  • Waterborne disease and private water supplies
  • Health Economics
  • Research Methods 


Key Research Interests

My research area is focused on the epidemiology of waterborne disease and I have contributed to projects funded by the World Health Organisation, European Commission and Defra in this area. I also have a keen interest in health economics and research methods. I am a research advisor for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS), this service offers consultative advice to health and social care professionals, providing methodological advice to help develop research proposals and build collaborative research teams.

Selected Publications:-

Hunter PR, Anderle de Sylor M, Risebro HL, Nichols GL, Kay D, Hartemann P. (2010) Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of the risks of Cryptosporidium and Giardiasis from very small private water supplies. Risk Analysis; 31(2): 228-236.

Risebro HL, Doria MF, Andersson Y, Medema G, Osborn K, Schlosser O, Hunter PR (2007). Fault tree analysis of the causes of waterborne outbreaks. Journal of Water and Health; 5 (Suppl1); 1-18.

Risebro HL, Hunter PR (2007). Surveillance of waterborne disease in European member states: a qualitative study. Journal of Water and Health; 5 (Suppl 1); 19-38.

Risebro HL, Hunter PR. (2010) Chapter 8: Estimating health impacts of interventions with a focus on small scale drinking water interventions. In: Valuing Water, Valuing Livelihoods

Guidance on social cost-benefit analysis of drinking-water interventions, with special reference to small community water supplies. Editor(s): Cameron J, Hunter P, Jagals P, Pond K (2010).

Hunter PR, Risebro HL. (2010) Chapter 4: Defining the current situation – epidemiology. In: Valuing Water, Valuing Livelihoods: Guidance on social cost-benefit analysis of drinking-water interventions, with special reference to small community water supplies. Editor(s): Cameron J, Hunter P, Jagals P, Pond K (2010).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation