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Dr Jenevieve Mannell
30 Guilford Street
London
WC1N 1EH
Tel: 0207 905 2626
Appointment
  • Associate Professor in Global Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Role
UCL Principal Supervisor
Biography

A leading researcher on violence against women and girls (VAWG) in low-income countries, Dr Jenevieve Mannell is an Associate Professor in UCL’s Institute for Global Health. She specialises in the prevention of violence in the world’s high-prevalence settings, and is actively working in Afghanistan, India, Peru, Samoa, and South Africa. She has published extensively on women’s experiences of violence, community participation and methodology, and is an advocate for the participation of communities experiencing high levels of violence in research about their own lives.

 

Prior to joining academia, Dr Mannell worked as a consultant 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. She currently holds a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

Research Summary

As a leading specialist in gender-based violence, Dr Mannell's research has examined how community members respond to intimate partner violence in settings where violence is widely accepted as a normal part of women’s lives. Domestic violence in these settings is often the result of gender norms and inequalities that position men and masculinities as more powerful or more socially valued than women and femininities. Her contributions to the study of violence against women includes identifying the many ways that communities respond to violent behaviours against both women and those with non-conforming gender identities, and making suggestions for how global health policy can better support local efforts for violence prevention.

 

Dr Mannell currently holds a Future Leaders Fellowship from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for the EVE Project, a ground-breaking study that aims to improve the evidence base for preventing violence against women in the world’s highest prevalence settings globally. Through partnerships with indigenous communities in Samoa and the Peruvian Andes, the EVE Project is evaluating the potential for a unique participatory approach to involving communities in designing their own interventions to prevent violence against women.

 

This builds on Dr Mannell’s previous work in Peru as the Principal Investigator of the GAP Project, funded by the World Bank and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI). The GAP Project was the first in the world to involve communities in designing their own interventions to prevent violence. 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.

 

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 an innovative 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.

 

Dr Mannell has been invited by major news outlets to provide an expert view on violence against women in low-income countries, including:
    •    The Guardian
    •    BBC Making a Perfect Country
    •    SVRI Rural Area Challenges
    •    Watch Dr Mannell on Facebook

Teaching Summary

Dr Mannell has received teaching awards for exceptionally high student ratings and was nominated for a student-choice award at the LSE. She 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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