Rachel is a social scientist with a background in gender, development and health. Her research interests and experience centre on qualitative research on gender and equity in health systems strengthening and the social determinants of health. Her research has included a focus on a range of health areas including maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender based violence, antimicrobial resistance and communicable and chronic disease (including malaria, tuberculosis, lung disease and HIV).
Rachel is currently the Social Sciences lead for the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Lung Health and Tuberculosis in Africa at LSTM, and for the Drivers of Antimicrobial Resistance (DRUM) consortium (GCRF development award).
She also leads the gender equitable careers theme on the DELTAS Learning Research Programme, in collaboration with the Capacity Research Unit..
Recent previous research has included leading LSTM’s contributions to two EU-funded consortia - MATIND, an EU-funded consortium which evaluated two demand-side financing approaches to improving maternal health in India, and INPAC, which aimed to test an intervention to improve post-abortion family planning in China - as well as leading MRC-funded social science research exploring the drivers of child marriage in Sudan. She was also part of the REACHOUT project, which aimed to understand and develop the role of close-to-community providers of health care in rural and urban areas in Africa and Asia.
An advanced cookstove intervention to prevent pneumonia in children under 5 years in Malawi: a qualitative perspective. Jane Ardrey
An examination of barriers and enablers to gender equitable scientific career pathways in African research institutions. Millicent L Liani
Understanding illness experience of NTDs endemic to Liberia: Opportunities and threats for integrated disease management and disability and inclusion strategies. Laura Dean
Understanding vulnerability and empowerment through engagement with biomedical HIV prevention technologies amongst female sex workers in Malawi. Wezzie Lora.
Quality of life among people with chronic lung disease in LMICs. Irene Ayakaka
Understanding the association between Intimate Partner Violence and HIV. Beate Ringwald
Rachel contributes substantial teaching inputs on qualitative research to Research Module (TROP 934) and on social determinants of health, equity, gender and health seeking behaviour to Key Themes in International Health and Policy (TROP 937). She supervises Masters student dissertations. She also teaches on DTMH and Short Course on International Health Consultancy.