Jane has a background in project management and a first- class degree from the University of Liverpool (Combined Honours Sociology and History). She joined LSTM in 2009 and has been the Programme Manager for the BREATHE-Africa Partnership since 2014.
BREATHE-Africa draws together air pollution experts in 4 thematic areas: Mechanisms; Exposure and Biomarkers; Health Effects; Interventions and Policy with aim of facilitating high quality research and developing research capacity, in Africa. The WHO estimate that exposure to air pollution in the home through the burning of biomass fuels (particularly through cooking), results in the premature death of 4.3 million people worldwide and cross disciplinary partnership is crucial to the development of effective solutions that can improve health.
Jane is also a PhD student conducting research as part of the Interventions and Policy Theme and nested within the Cooking and Pneumonia Study (CAPS). She is using qualitative methodologies to explore the socio-cultural factors implicated in the adoption of a clean cookstove intervention. The everyday practice of cooking is deeply embedded in gendered household dynamics and the participatory methodology Photovoice is being used to facilitate in-depth exploration.