(Director)

dr cecilia vindrola - padros

  • Cecilia Vindrola-Padros is a Medical Anthropologist interested in applied health research and the development of rapid approaches to research.

  • She works across five interdisciplinary teams, applying anthropological theories and methods to study and improve healthcare delivery in the UK and abroad.

  • She has written extensively on the use of rapid qualitative research and currently directs RREAL.

  • Cecilia works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Targeted Intervention, UCL and as a Social Scientist at the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA).

  • She is the past director of the Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN) and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). 

(Co-Founder)

Dr Ginger A Johnson

  • Ginger A. Johnson is a Medical Anthropologist who has conducted public health research in East, West, Central and Southern Africa, North and Southeast Asia, and in the Middle East and North Africa on behalf of the World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Population Services International (PSI), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

  • She was embedded in West Africa with the IFRC during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak and has additionally been involved in conducting research on subsequent public health emergencies of international concern such as Zika in Latin America, Ebola in DRC, polio in Pakistan and the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ginger founded RREAL with Dr Cecilia Vindrola-Padros and is a Medical Anthropologist with UNICEF-Pakistan.

Dr silvie cooper

  • Silvie Cooper is a Health Sociologist and Teaching Fellow in Applied Health Research at University College London, UK.

  • Silvie has an MA and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa. 

  • Before joining UCL, she completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan, USA and was the Research Lead at a child health charity in London, UK. 

  • Her research interests include capacity building for health research, management of chronic pain, digital health, and patient education, using qualitative, mixed methods, and translational research approaches. 

  • Alongside her research, she designs and teaches on a variety of health and social science courses for undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals.

  • Topics include research and evaluation methods, the social aspects of health and illness, and the impact of context, practice and policy on healthcare experiences.  

Dr nehla djellouli

  • Nehla Djellouli is a Social Scientist and Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute for Global Health.

  • She has a background in participatory research, maternal and newborn health, health policy and evaluation.

  • She has experience working in multidisciplinary projects in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and the UK.

  • Nehla is a co-investigator on an MRC Health Systems grant evaluating the WHO’s Quality of Care Network for improving the Healthcare of Mothers, Newborns and Children in 11 countries in Africa and South Asia; a Health Foundation Improvement Science PhD Fellow; and a committee member of the QHRN.

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Dr norHa vera san juan

  • Norha Vera San Juan is a Social Epidemiologist focused on mental health policy and service development, particularly applying research methods that promote stakeholder involvement. 

  • As part of her PhD she developed a measure of recovery as understood by Latin American mental health service users.

  • This work challenged the traditional focus on clinical views and rather advocated for co-construction of knowledge to promote the sustainable development of health services.

  • She works currently as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, a commission of the Department of Health that provides timely evidence to policymakers.

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Dr elaine C flores

  • Elaine C. Flores is a Peruvian Medical Doctor and mixed-methods researcher. She has an MSc in Epidemiology Research from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Peru and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). 

  • She coordinates the ARPEC project, based at The Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS) within Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University. 

  • Elaine is a member of the Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH), a joint collaboration between LSHTM and King's Health Partners. She is also affiliated with Emerge - the Research Unit on Emerging Diseases and Climate Change at the Faculty of Public Health in UPCH.

  • Her main work is on the mental health impact of environmental factors and natural disasters, the social determinants of health and other global health topics, especially with an LMIC and interdisciplinary perspective. She is interested in further exploring the links between mental health, climate change and social inequalities across vulnerable groups, especially with a gender lens. 

Dr Sam martin

  • Sam Martin is an experienced Digital Sociologist and Digital Analyst with 10 years of expertise in using creative digital methods to analyse Big Social Data and Big Qualitative Data in the fields of digital epidemiology and digital global health. 

  • She is research consultant and digital analytics lead at the Ethox Centre, based in the Big Data Institute at Oxford University, as well as the Oxford Vaccine Group - where she works with an international team of academics on Vaccine Hesitancy amongst healthcare workers, the world of Digital Misinformation, Disinformation and Revelatory Fakes. 

  • She has also been an Alan Turing Research Fellow (Warwick affiliate), looking at the complexities and temporalities of Big Data, as well as Digital Analytics lead at the Vaccine Confidence Project (LSHTM), where she used machine learning and sentiment analysis to research the nuances of sentiment in vaccine confidence discourse across the global diaspora.

Dr Samantha vanderslott

  • Samantha Vanderslott is a University Research Lecturer at the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford working on health, society, and policy topics.

  • Her current projects are about: policies for neglected tropical diseases; outbreak response; a history of typhoid fever; and attitudes to vaccines.

  • She draws on perspectives from sociology, anthropology, history, global health, and science and technology studies (STS).

katie gilchrist

  • Katie Gilchrist has completed a BSc in Psychology and Youth Studies at Teesside University and a MSc in Health Psychology at UCL.

  • Katie’s practical experiences include being a youth worker for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, a substance misuse worker for at risk youth and a crisis phone line worker for young people experiencing homelesness. Katie has also worked for PwC, gaining project management skills.

  • Following major surgery to have a brain tumour removed in 2019, Katie’s research interests include patient and carer experiences, patient and public involvement in research and evaluation of healthcare services.

franco marquez

  • Fran is a graphic designer based in the beautiful city of Bariloche in Argentina.

  • He is a graduate of the Instituto Superior Patagónico.

  • In 2018, he worked alongside other communication specialists to coordinate the delivery of TED Talks (Tedx Bariloche). 

dr marc hebert

  • Marc is an Anthropologist, working with diverse teams to develop and apply research that produces better digital and non-digital services. 

  • He has spent over seven years in the City and County of San Francisco leading a government Innovation Office.

  • Prior to that, Marc was a Code for America fellow.

  • He writes about metric fixation, prototyping policies, and equity-centred design. 

  • He believes data ethnography can help organisations understand and use their data more effectively and equitably.  

laura maio

  • Laura has a background in Oriental Studies and Anthropology, with a MSc in Development Studies and has spent the past 10 years working as evaluator and researcher in the UK healthcare sector.

  • Her previous work includes qualitative research on palliative care for people with dementia and evaluating specialist dementia nursing services using mixed methods.

  • She’s interested in applied research and how qualitative findings can be used to improve healthcare provision and influence policy.

georgia chisnall

  • Georgia Chisnall is currently a MPhil/PhD Public Health and Policy student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

  • Her PhD research is exploring parents 'journey to vaccination' within the NHS and examining the public & health system interface using a qualitative longitudinal methodological design.

  •  Her research interests include health services, health inequality, health seeking behaviour, infectious disease, and vaccination

sigrun clark

  • Sigrun Clark has completed a BSc in Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol and is completing an MSc in Population Health at UCL.

  • She has previous experience working in the field of medical communications across a range of disease areas including oncology, gastroenterology, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. 

  • Sigrun's current research areas include the organisation of healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic and research into domestic violence and abuse. 

Inayah Uddin

  • Inayah Uddin has completed a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Health Psychology at UCL.

  • Her research interests include research in healthcare organisations and delivery of medical services in LMICs using qualitative approaches.

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lucy mitchinson

  • Lucy Mitchinson is a PhD student at University College London. Her work is focused on investigating the impact of complementary therapies on patients in palliative care, with the aim of developing a Core Outcome Set for use in clinical trials.

  • She previously received an MRes in Psychology from the University of Manchester and BSc in Psychology from the University of Leeds.

  • Lucy has experience working as a research assistant at the Bradford Institute for Health Research.

stephanie kumpunen

  • Stephanie Kumpunen is currently a PhD student in the Department of Applied Health Research, University College London.

  • Her PhD research is developing reporting standards for rapid ethnographies that inform health and social care quality improvement. Her research is funded by THIS Institute.

  • Stephanie is also currently a Senior Fellow in Health Policy at the Nuffield Trust.