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Dr Dee Knipe

Dr Dee Knipe

Dr Dee Knipe

Vice Chancellor's Fellow

Area of research

Life course risk factors for suicide in low and middle income countries

Office CH 2.12
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 33 14574


My main research interest is in identifing risk factors for self-harm and suicide in developing countries, with a particular focus on how socio-economic positioning relates to risk.

I am actively working on a Wellcome Trust funded cluster randomised control trial being conducted in Sri Lanka, which is looking at the introduction of safe storage boxes to reduce the incidence of pesticide self-poisoning in the North Central Province.  I also have an interest in the effect of chronic exposure to pesticides on health outcomes.


Dr Duleeka (Dee) Knipe is an epidemiologist with an interest in suicide and self-harm in low and middle income countries. She was funded on a Wellcome Trust doctoral fellowship to investigate the socioeconomic risk factors for suicidal behaviour in Sri Lanka at the University of Bristol. Her current work continues her work on the Wellcome trust funded large randomised controlled trial into the Safer Storage of pesticides as a means of suicide prevention. Her background prior to starting her doctoral studies was in pathology and microbiology and public health. 



  • Sri Lanka


  • suicide and self harm


  • cross-sectional and cohort studies


My research is on suicide and self-harm in Sri Lanka. I have expertise in historical trends of suicide/self-harm in Sri Lanka, with particular focus on the impact of pesticide regulations on the suicide/self-harm risk. I have a particular interest on how social factors impact the suicide/self-harm risk in Sri Lanka.

  • Sri Lanka
  • suicide
  • self-harm
  • suicide epidemiology
  • Asia
  • Memberships


    Bristol Medical School (PHS)

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