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Dr Joanna Morrison
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joanna works with local partners in Nepal to build research capacity and increase understanding of the issues affecting women and children's health, and the retention of rural health workers. She is also part of a research consortium working with partners in Malawi, Bangladesh and India to research Maternal and Child Survival. She is interested in using participatory approaches to research and development, conducting process evaluations to understand the results of outcome evaluations, and is specializes in qualitative research methodology.

Research Summary

Joanna is interested in Global Health, and is working with partner organisations in Nepal to research health systems, and maternal and newborn health issues. She has used formative research to develop participatory interventions mobilising communities and women to enable improvements in health outcomes. Current research interests are: local management of health facilities, retention of rural health workers, quality of care, measuring and understanding women's empowerment, inequalities in participation in community based organisations, and participatory community based interventions.

Teaching Summary

Joanna has co-ordinated and taught the Qualitative Research in Action MSc module at the Institute of Child Health from 2004 to 2011. She has also supervised several MSc students.
In Nepal her work involves building research capacity among colleagues in partner organisations and she has conducted training in Qualitative research methods, Participatory evaluation methods, Process evaluation and Action research.

Joanna currently supervises two Phd students.

10-AUG-2011 Research consultant   Nick Simons Institute, Nepal
01-NOV-2008 Senior Research Associate Centre for International Health and Development UCL Institute of Child Health, Nepal
01-MAY-2002 – 30-MAR-2008 Research Associate Centre for International Health and Development UCL Institute of Child Health , Nepal
01-MAR-2001 – 30-APR-2002 Research Associate Public Health East London and the City Health Authority, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2000 – 31-DEC-2000 Community Development Assistant   Feed the Children, Honduras
Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Social Science University College London
1999 MSc Master of Science – Public Policy University of Strathclyde
1998 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Sociology and Political Science University of Strathclyde
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