(Co - 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 Co-Directs RREAL with Dr Ginger Johnson.

  • 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 - Director)

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 currently Co-Directs 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.


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.

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.

  • Additionally, Elaine has several years of professional experience in Clinical Research Operations, Clinical trials management and medical writing. She has also worked in Quality Assurance, Clinical Trials monitoring, regulatory affairs and auditing.

  • 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 Neha Batura

  • Neha Batura works as an Associate Professor in Health Economics at the UCL Institute of Global Health and is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Health Economics.

  • Neha has experience in health and development economics, particularly in the economic evaluation of complex public health trials that aim to improve maternal health, and child health and development in resource-constrained settings. She is also interested in understanding barriers and facilitators of behaviour change and exploring reasons for these through a development economics lens.  

  • Neha is also the Course Director for the MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science and the Deputy Director of Education at the UCL Institute of Global Health

  • She is the health economics section editor for Health Policy and Planning, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.



  • Anna Dowrick is a Medical Sociologist and Research Fellow at the Institute of Population Health Sciences at Queen Mary University of London.

  • Anna is passionate about using qualitative methodologies and theories to address complex public health issues. Her research interests include: health inequalities; social justice; gender-based violence; technologies-in-practice; body modification; innovation in service design; and interactions between public sector, community, and private service providers.

  • Before completing her PhD, Anna worked in policy and advocacy roles in the UK charity sector.

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). 

graduate students

georgia chisnall

  • Georgia Chisnall is a BSc Psychology graduate completing an MSc in Health Psychology at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London.

  • Georgia's practical experience includes working as an advance mental health worker in Sri Lanka for SLV.Global and for other UK-based support services.

  • Her current research focuses on rapid qualitative data-use within an epidemic response.

  • Katarina Hoernke is a student at Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia.

  • Before her final year of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, Katarina intercalated in a Masters of Global Health and Development at University College London.

katarina hoernke

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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.

  • Louisa Manby is currently undertaking an MSc in Population Health.

  • Louisa has been producing mixed-methods research investigating the potential for digital health interventions for HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa, the findings of which will be presented to key stakeholders later this year at a virtual forum hosted by Avert, an international HIV/AIDS charity.

louisa manby

  • 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.

Inayah Uddin

  • 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.

stephanie kumpunen