Dr Kate Gooding

Head of Community & Science research group and postdoctoral research associate

I am based at the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme in Blantyre, and focus on acceptable, ethical and people-centred design of health care and research. I have worked in international development for 20 years, conducting research, evaluation and policy engagement with universities, donors, NGOs and as a consultant. Much of this work has been in international health or related areas such as social inclusion and social protection. My PhD was at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds, and I looked at research by NGOs in Malawi, including research capacity and links between research, policy and practice. I have an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, and a BA in Geography from Oxford University. Before joining LSTM, I worked on realist synthesis at the University of Leeds

Current Research

Current research include projects on acceptability and experiences of maternal vaccination, uptake and impact of the new RTS,S malaria vaccine, acceptable and ethical approaches to controlled human infection model research, acceptability of deferred consent, community experiences of a vaccine trial, design and evaluation of interventions for managing sepsis and brain infections, and supervision of studies on assent, data sharing and benefits for research participation. I also work with MLW’s Science Communication team on evaluation of community and public engagement.


Selected publications

  • Gooding K, Phiri M, Peterson I, Parker M, Desmond N (2018) Clarifying the acceptability of research trials to potential participants: how much, what, when, in what circumstances, to whom and why? Social Science and Medicine

    Gooding K, Newell J, Emmel N (2018) Research capacity among NGOs in Malawi: diverse strengths, needs and opportunities for development. PLOS One

    Gooding K, Makwinja R, Nyirenda D et al. Using theories of change to design monitoring and evaluation of community engagement in research: experiences from a research institute in Malawi. Wellcome Open Res 2018, 3:8

    Greenhalgh J, Gooding K, Gibbons E et al. (2018) How do patient reported outcome measures support clinician-patient communication and patient care? A realist synthesis. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes

    Phiri M, Gooding K, Nyirenda D, Sambakunsi R, Kumwenda M, Desmond N (2018) "Not just dogs, but rabid dogs": Tensions and conflicts amongst research volunteers in Malawi. Global Bioethics

    Gooding, K (2017) The role of NGOs' service delivery experience in developing relevant research agendas: experience and challenges among NGOs in Malawi. Health Research Policy and Systems.

    Greenhalgh, J, Dalkin, S, Gooding, K et al. (2017) Functionality and feedback: A realist synthesis of the collation, interpretation and utilisation of PROMs data to improve patient care. NIHR report.

    Nyirenda D, Sariola S, Gooding K, et al. (2017) 'We are the eyes and ears of researchers and community': understanding the role of community advisory groups in representing researchers and communities in Malawi. Developing World Bioethics.

    Gooding, K (2016) What do we mean by evidence-based advocacy? Ideas from NGOs in Malawi. In Hayman, R, et al. (eds) Negotiating Knowledge: Evidence and experience in development NGOs. Practical Action: Rugby

    Gooding, K and Marriott, A (2009) Including Persons with Disabilities in Social Cash Transfer Programmes in Developing Countries, Journal of International Development