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Paul A. Burns


Ph.D., Public Health, University of Michigan, 2007
, Urban and Regional Planning, Cornell University, 1998
B.A., Biology, Tulane University

Current Projects with Burgard:

Working title: Intergenerational Linkages and HIV/AIDS: The Old Age Pension and Sexual Vulnerability Among Youth in Cape Town, South Africa

The goal of this study is to examine the relationship between intergenerational transfers of wealth and a youth's decision-making around HIV-related risk behavior.

Research interests:

Urban space and health, social determinants, sexual vulnerability, poverty, Brazil, South Africa

Dr. Burns' research seeks to link macro-level structural forces -- such as inequalities in public service provision; neighborhood effects; residential segregation and concentrated poverty -- to patterns of health and disease in urban populations. His primary research focuses on understanding the spatial and physical aspects of neighborhoods and their implications for differential rates of HIV/AIDS and STIs in resource-limited settings.


Currently, Dr. Burns is a Population Studies Center (PSC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. As a Ph.D. student, he was a NIA Predoctoral Trainee in the Population Studies Center. From 2008-2009, Paul worked for the Reproductive Health and HIV Unit (RHRU)/ University of Witwatersrand, where he provided technical support for HIV prevention programs to scale -up access to antiretrovirals for the poor in inner-city Johannesburg, South Africa.

Paul has also been active in the area of public service, where he served as Desk Officer for the U.S. Peace Corps|Africa Region in Washington, D.C., working with vulnerable populations to achieve lasting change by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

Contact Information:

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