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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

Dr Mannell specialises in the social psychology of community health and gender relations in low and middle income countries. She has a MSc in Social Psychology (2006) and a PhD in Gender Studies (2012) from the London School of Economics. Dr Mannell has over ten years of experience designing and implementing research for academic projects, non-governmental organisations and health sector clients. She joined academia after completing her PhD, and held a position as a Fellow at the London School of Economics for three years before joining UCL in 2015.

Before joining academia, Dr Mannell ran an independent consulting practice to assist policy-makers and practitioners researching and designing programmes to address health inequalities (i.e. through understanding gender relations, health behaviours, health-enabling environments, participation, health communication, and organisational development). While working for BRAC in Bangladesh in 2004, she witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of large scale flooding and was struck by the tremendous resilience of individuals who took to the streets in small boats and fished off the steps of the parliament buildings. This experience influenced her current work on the inherent capacity of communities to address the health issues that affect their lives, and a deep conviction that global health policy should be supportive of local responses to health issues. 

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Research Summary

Dr Mannell's research focuses on understanding the capacity of communities to address health issues in marginalised socioeconomic contexts. Her work in this area has focused on two main health issues: HIV/AIDS and Gender-based Violence (GBV). From 2010 until 2012, Dr Mannell conducted a multisite ethnographic study of how South African non-profit HIV/AIDS organisations were implementing international gender policies. Findings from this study highlighted the inappropriateness of international policies that focus on the economic value of gender and health programmes (Critical Social Policy, 2014), and the tremendous potential for local HIV organisations to effectively manipulate these policy to better support local needs (Health & Place, 2014).

Building on these findings about the inherent capacities of local organisations, Dr Mannell became interested in the capacity of communities directly targeted by global health interventions to respond to gender and health issues. In 2013-14 she led a qualitative study of women’s agency and empowerment in responding to gender-based violence in Rwanda, and co-edited a special issue of Global Public Health on the same topic. This study has pointed to the importance of acknowledging the ways in which Rwandan women act in response to instances of violence as a means of developing locally relevant solutions for public sector responses (Global Public Health, 2016). 

Dr Mannell’s research programme continues to examine community capacities in addressing gender and health issues, with active projects in Peru, Afghanistan and Rwanda. In Peru, with funding from the South African MRC's Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Dr Mannell is co-leading a project with Dr Geordan Shannon to prevent gender-based violence in the remote Amazon. This project uses participatory action research to assist local communities in designing and evaluating a local intervention and is the first of its kind in gender-based prevention. In Afghanistan, with funding from the Naughton Clift-Matthews Global Health Fund, she is working with Dr Ayesha Ahmad to develop a therapeutic storytelling intervention for women who have experienced violence and are living in safe houses. In Rwanda, in partnership with the University of Rwanda, Dr Mannell has been examining a ground-breaking national gender-based violence policy and its implementation in village communities across the country.


In addition to her gender-based violence work, Dr Mannell is currently exploring the use of innovative qualitative methods alongside randomised controlled trials of global health interventions as part of a Public Health Springboard Grant funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences and Wellcome Trust.

Teaching Summary

Dr Mannell is the Director of the MSc in Global Health and Development. In addition, she coordinates the core module in Power and Politics in Global Health with Prof Sarah Hawkes and the optional module in Research in Action: Qualitative Methods with Dr. Mary Wickenden.

Dr Mannell is particularly interested in supervising PhD work that uses qualitative methods to explore community capacities in low-income settings, the implementation of gender and health policy, 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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