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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 and a PhD in Gender Studies 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. This experience influenced her current research 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. She joined academia after completing her PhD in 2012, and held a position as a Fellow at the London School of Economics for three years before joining UCL in 2015.

Research Themes
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 current research programme explores community capacities in addressing gender-based violence, with active projects in Peru, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Bangladesh and India. In Peru, with funding from the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), Dr Mannell is leading a project to prevent gender-based violence in partnership with remote communities in the Amazon. This project uses participatory action research to co-design culturally and resource appropriate intervention activities with community health workers and is the first of its kind in gender-based prevention. In Afghanistan and Kasmir, with funding from the Naughton Clift-Matthews Global Health Fund, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), she is working with partners in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kashmir, Turkey, Tunisia, and South Africa to develop a therapeutic storytelling intervention for women experiencing violence in high-prevalence settings. In Bangladesh and India, Dr Mannell is working with two teams currently conducting randomised controlled trials of global health interventions to develop an innovative approach to using qualitative methods 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. She coordinates the core module in Concepts and Controversies in Global Health (with Dr Sonali Wayal), and two optional modules: Research in Action: Qualitative Methods, and Gender and Global Health (with Dr Jennie Gamlin).

Dr Mannell is particularly interested in supervising PhD work that uses qualitative methods to explore community capacities in low-income settings, 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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