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 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.