Areas of Interest
• Gender and international health, HIV and gender based violence, gender, equity and rights, neglected tropical diseases
• Anthropology of development, public policy and elites, evidence-based policy
• Policy design and development, programme management, monitoring and evaluation
I have been working in international development since the late 1990s. I have worked for governments, NGOs and multilateral agencies as a freelance consultant in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe the Middle East and the US. My areas of expertise include strategic planning, policy development, programme design and management, research, monitoring and evaluation and stakeholder management.
Whilst completing my PhD I worked as a Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth (2011-2014) and I taught on gender and development studies courses.
I am currently working as a social scientist on an implementation research programme called COUNTDOWN to produce evidence from multiple contexts on the links between Neglected Tropical Diseases, gender and poverty.
In 2014 I was awarded my PhD in International Development: ‘Narratives of blame’: HIV/AIDS and Harmful Cultural Practices in Malawi: Implications for Policies and Programmes. I spent 14 months in Malawi conducting dissertation field research using qualitative and quantitative research methods. The main argument of my thesis is that in Malawi misconceptions concerning how easily HIV is transmitted through sex have resulted in the development of policies and programmes that would not normally be applied to different public health crises. My research presents the first academic study of its kind exploring the link between HIV and AIDS and sexual cultural practices in Malawi. Here is a short video describing my research.
Other relevant expertise, professional memberships etc.
I am Impact Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Anthropology in Action. My role at the journal is to make ‘impact’ a standing item of content in the journal and to maintain debate and dissemination of the topic. If you would be interested in contributing to this journal please contact me.
USD $10,000: Developing a checklist for review by WHO staff of National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans (NHPSPs) from a Gender, Equity and Rights lens, testing it on NHPSPs from WHO's 6 regions. Co-PI with Sally Theobald and Asha George. WHO 2015.