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Dr Cecilia Vindrola
DAHR 112
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3232
  • Research Associate
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Funded by a Fulbright Grant, I began my academic career in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida. I currently work as an applied medical anthropologist across four teams (for full list of projects, see Research Activities):

  • Reorganising specialist cancer surgery for the 21st century: a mixed methods evaluation (RESPECT-21)
  • RFL Group Model Evaluation (embedded research team)
  • NIAA Health Services Research Centre, Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
  • Rapid Service Evaluation Team (RSeT)

Research Summary

My research interests include:


  • (Im)mobilities and healthcare (with a focus on medical travel)
  • Embedded research in healthcare organisations
  • Perioperative care
  • The delivery of cancer treatment and supportive care
  • The delivery of medical services to children in low and middle income countries (with a focus on cancer treatment and palliative care)
  • Use of data for quality improvement

  • Ethnographic research in healthcare contexts
  • Rapid qualitative research
  • Participatory and collaborative research
  • Visual methods
  • Narrative research (with a focus on dis-narration)

I am a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. 

I am a committee member of the Qualitative Health Research Network (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/qualitative-health-research-network) and the Medical Anthropology Network (http://www.easaonline.org/networks/medical/).

Teaching Summary

I teach an intensive doctoral course titled "An introduction to rapid appraisals and short-term ethnographies" at UCL. 

Student supervision: 

Delfina Moresco, The use of medical tourism in the UK, Comparative Politics, UCL (BSc)

Zoe Brummell, Learning from deaths in healthcare: Focusing on the learning and action to improve future patient safety, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, UCL (PhD)

Douglas Blackwood, End-of-life conversations in the perioperative setting, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, UCL (PhD)

Duncan Wagstaff, Use of audit data for quality improvement in the perioperative setting, Department of Applied Health Research, UCL (PhD)

Seth Francis-Graham, Improving the care and management of people with STIs and BBVs, Health Protection Research Unit: Blood Borne & Sexually Transmitted Infections, UCL (PhD)

06-JUN-2012 – 25-APR-2014 Research Fellow Children’s Nursing London South Bank University, United Kingdom
01-MAY-2011 – 01-JUN-2012 Research Consultant Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair and Office o University of South Florida, United States
01-AUG-2010 – 01-DEC-2011 Instructor Anthropology University of South Florida, United States
01-AUG-2007 – 01-MAY-2010 Research Assistant Anthropology University of South Florida, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Anthropology University of South Florida
2009 MA Master of Arts – Medical Anthropology University of South Florida
2007 BA Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology Universidad de las Americas
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