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 was the Programme Manager for the BREATHE-Africa Partnership from 2014-2018.
The BREATHE-Africa Partnership drew 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 estimates that worldwide 3 billion people are exposed to toxic levels of air pollution in the home through the burning of biomass fuels (particularly through cooking), resulting in the premature death of 3.8 million people annually.
In her PhD research Jane used qualitative methods to explore the socio-cultural factors implicated in the adoption of a clean cookstove intervention in the context of a large scale cookstove intervention (the Cooking and Pneumonia Study). The everyday practice of cooking is deeply embedded in gendered household dynamics and the participatory methodology Photovoice was used to facilitate in-depth exploration.
Multi-disciplinary research is crucial to the development of effective solutions that can reduce air pollution and improve health. Jane is now a member of IMPALA where her air pollution focused research bridges the Social and Clinical Science disciplines.