Agnes Becker BSc Hons MSc

Manager - Targeted Communications Manager

About Agnes Becker

Managing external communications for the Mental Health Innovation Network

Background

I specialise in global health communications and have worked with high level academics and policy advisors to promote research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Imperial College London. 

I currently work with the Mental Health Innovation Network managing all aspects of external communications, including monitoring and evaluation. Previously, I worked as Communications Officer with the IDEAS project - a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation research project using measurement, learning and evaluation to find out what works, why and how in maternal and newborn health programmes - and as a Communications Consultant at Imperial College London. My work at Imperial included managing communications for the Institute of Global Health Innovation, the SPARTAC HIV clinical trial as well as developing leaflets and websites for research groups specialising in mathematical modelling and neglected tropical diseases.

Before specialising in global health communications, I worked in a number of roles inlcuding as a researcher on science television programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC and a children's science show presenter in London's Science Museum. My varied background allows me to ensure complex science is communicated in a clear, accurate way.

I hold a BSc Hons Natural Sciences from Durham University (2:1) and an MSc Science Media Production (Distinction) from Imperial College London.

Mental Health Innovation Network

The Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) is a community of mental health innovators - researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, service user advocates, and donors from around the world - sharing innovative resources and ideas to promote mental health and improve the lives of people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders. MHIN is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization and is part of the Centre for Global Mental Health.

As well as managing all external communications for MHIN, I have:

IDEAS Project

IDEAS aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice.  Working in Ethiopia, North-Eastern Nigeria and the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, IDEAS uses measurement, learning and evaluation to find out what works, why and how in maternal and newborn health programmes.

I am responsible for managing internal and external communications for the IDEAS project and lead on the project's Knowledge into Action component. I have worked as Coordinator for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Knowledge Summary 2012-2013 series and evaluated the reach of the 2013-2014 series with an online survey.

The MARCH Centre

The IDEAS project is part of the School's Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health Centre, led by Professor Joy Lawn. The MARCH Centre aims to address a major global health issue of improving health for women, children and families around the world, with a focus on low income settings. Over 100 researchers from across the three LSHTM faculties bring strengths in epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems and economics.

I developed a three year communications strategy with the Senior Advisory Committee of The MARCH Centre. The strategy was well received and is now being implemented.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

Teaching students

I have taught communications skills to Masters students at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University College London.

Capacity building

Interested in capacity building, I have worked with colleagues around the world in Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, to learn about and strengthen communicaitons efforts for the scale up of health projects.

The Global Mental Health Communications Toolkit I developed has been popular with members of the Mental Health Innovation Network:

Research

I am interested in how to evaluate research impact and communications activities and have work on Policy Influence Plans that include a monitoring and evaluation component with the Overseas Development Institute.

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Child health
  • Evidence use
  • Health impact analysis
  • Health inequalities
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Health systems
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Inequalities
  • Maternal health
  • Neonatal health
  • Perinatal health
  • Primary care
  • Public understanding
  • Science policy
  • Substance abuse
  • Substance use

Disciplines

  • Development studies
  • Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Political science

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Mental health
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Regions

  • World

Other interests

  • Communication
  • Communications
  • Health
  • evidence into policy
  • getting research into policy
  • global
  • knowledge transfer
  • maternal
  • newborn
  • public engagement
  • research uptake
  • science
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