Solveig A. Cunningham, PhD, MSc

Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory Global Diabetes Research Center, Department of Sociology

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University


After studying International Affairs, Dr. Cunningham worked in the non-profit sector promoting the development of electoral systems and civil society, especially in the former Eastern Block. She became increasingly aware of the relevance of economic development, and pursued a Master’s degree in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. While there, she was inspired by the momentous importance of population for development and pursued a PhD in Demography and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. There, Dr. Cunningham increasingly focused on matters pertaining to health, with a focus on how it is affected by family and the social environment. Her current research continues on these themes, especially pertaining to obesity.