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Dr Cecilia Vindrola
DAHR 112
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3232
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • 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 five 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)
  • GAP trial

I am also involved in the following centres/networks:

International projects
  • Focused qualitative study on the use of an instrument to improve the comprehensive care of people with advanced chronic diseases in acute hospitals in Argentina: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/Suppl_1/A22.1
  • Rapid evaluation of a telemedicine intervention aimed at addressing nursing care capacity and expertise gaps in Argentina
  • Rapid appraisal of the needs of public health response teams in the context of infectious epidemics

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)

Teaching Summary

I teach an intensive doctoral course titled "An introduction to rapid ethnographies" at UCL. 

I also teach the following courses for RREAL:

An introduction to rapid qualitative research

Advanced rapid qualitative research

An introduction to rapid evaluation

An introduction to rapid ethnography

Student supervision

Lucy Mitchinson, Understanding and measuring the impact of complementary therapies in palliative care: a mixed methods study to develop an approach appropriate for practice, Division of Psychiatry, UCL (PhD)

Elysse Bautista Gonzalez, Lung cancer in Mexico: patient trajectories, barriers to health-care and the effect of a patient navigation model on delays to health-care, patient satisfaction, quality of life, health-literacy and self-efficacy, Epidemiology and Public Health Research, UCL (PhD)

Stephanie Kumpunen, A critical analysis and development of rapid ethnographies in healthcare quality improvement, Department of Applied Health Research, UCL (PhD)

Nisha Sriram, Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussions in the perioperative setting, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, UCL (PhD)

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

Alexis Penverne, The biomedical concept of pain: An anthropological approach to neuropharmacological treatment and ethics, Arts and Sciences, UCL (BASc). 

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)


Emira Kursumovic, Healthcare professionals' and patients' experiences of perioperative cardiac arrest, HSRC Fellow

One to one nursing care for vulnerable patients at risk of avoidable harm in hospital, Levi fellow

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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