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Dr Jenevieve Mannell
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 0207 905 2626
  • Lecturer in Global Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
UCL Principal Supervisor

A leading researcher on violence against women and girls (VAWG) in low-income countries, Dr Jenevieve Mannell is a lecturer at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. Dr Mannell is a specialist in preventing violence in the world’s high-prevalence settings, and has worked in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa and Turkey. She has published over 30 peer reviewed publications in the past 5 years, and is an advocate for the participation of communities experiencing high levels of violence against women in research about their lives.

In addition to her ground-breaking research, Dr Mannell is the Co-Director of the MSc in Global Health and Development. Under Dr Mannell’s leadership, the programme has experienced unprecedented growth and has become one of the most popular global health Masters in the UK. Dr Mannell has actively worked with students to encourage the integration of academic literature from the Global South as part of the MSc and to improve connections between students and health-focussed NGOs around the world.

Prior to joining academia, Dr Mannell worked as a consultant for ten years designing and implementing gender and health projects for NGOs and the health sector, with clients including Unilever, UNAIDS, BRAC, and the Canadian Cancer Society. Dr Mannell began her academic career at the London School of Economics (LSE) where she completed a MSc in Social Psychology and a PhD in Gender Studies. After completing her PhD in 2012, she held a Fellowship position in the Department of Social and Behaviours Sciences at the LSE for three years before leaving to join UCL in 2015.

Research Summary

As a leading specialist in gender-based violence, Dr Mannell's research has examined how community members respond to violence in settings where it is widely accepted as a normal part of women’s lives. While gendered forms of violence can also affect men, Dr Mannell is deeply committed to investigating gender inequalities and highlighting the role such inequalities play in increasing violence against women around the world. Her contributions to the study of violence against women and girls includes identifying the many ways that both women and communities respond to violent behaviour and making suggestions for how global health policy can better support local efforts for violence prevention. 

In Peru, Dr Mannell is leading a project in partnership with remote communities in the Amazon to prevent violence against women and girls. Funded by the World Bank and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), this project is the first in the world to involve communities in designing their own interventions to prevent violence. Using participatory action research, community health representatives from 7 remote Amazon communities have designed culturally relevant intervention activities to prevent violence against women in their communities, which are located in the deep jungle 12 hours away from any health or social services. In remote settings such as the Amazon, preventing violence requires communities and community leaders to be active participants in interventions, and this project has demonstrated the potential for this to work and for violence prevention to happen. About the GAP Project.

In Afghanistan, Turkey and Kashmir, Dr Mannell is developing an arts-based therapeutic storytelling intervention to address the mental health implications of violence for women in high-prevalence settings. Funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Storytelling for Health or SHAER is a ground-breaking study focussed on bridging the gap between women’s experiences of trauma related to violence and narrative storytelling. To explore the potential of storytelling for violence against women, Dr Mannell is working with a multidisciplinary group of feminist activists, artists, literary theorists, ethics specialists, psychiatrists and psychologists to develop and test this arts-based storytelling intervention for women affected by violence. About SHAER.

In order to advance research on violence against women in high-prevalence settings, Dr Mannell has also been working on innovative research methodologies. With support from the Academy of Medical Sciences and Wellcome Trust, she has developed advanced qualitative methodologies specifically for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of complex health interventions, including trials of gender-based violence prevention interventions. These new methods are currently being tested in Bangladesh and India with promising results. 


Dr Mannell has been invited by major news outlets to provide an expert view on violence against women in low-income countries, including:

Teaching Summary

In addition to her role as Co-Director of the Masters in Global Health and Development, Dr Mannell leads two Masters-level courses in Qualitative Methodologies, and Gender and Global Health. She has received teaching awards for exceptionally high student ratings and was nominated for a student-choice award at the LSE.

Dr Mannell is particularly interested in supervising PhD students interested in innovative qualitative or mixed methodologies, community interventions for preventing gender-based violence, experiences of and policy responses to health issues faced by LGBTQ+ communities, and intersections between global health policy and local gendered practices.

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