Dr Ana Buller BA MSc PhD

Assistant Professor in Social Science


I am an Assistant Professor within the Department of Global Health & Development. I hold an MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Public Health from LSHTM. My main research interests lay on the intersection of gender based violence (including interpersonal and domestic violence against women and among MSM, labour and sexual exploitation and child domestic work) health and development with a focus on prevention in LMIC (low and middle income countries).




I am a tutor on the MSc Public Health and have been teaching on the Principles of Social Research module both as in-house seminar leader and distance learning tutor for several years. I currently supervise and sit in advisory committees for PhD students interested in issues around gender based violence (including cash transfers and intimate partner violence, child domestic work and exploitation) and qualitative and mixed methods methodologies in developing countries. 


Currently I am the Principal Investigator and lead of LINEA, an international learning and research initiative to promote innovative ways to prevent sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.  

In the past I have been involved in various projects both in the UK and internationally with a focus on Latin America. My latest project in the region aimed to disentagle the mechanisms att he base of the relatinship between cash transfers and intimate partner violence.  I was also co-lead on a multi-country study in partnership with IoM exploring the links between trafficking, labour exploitation and health.

Regarding my UK work, I was involved in a five year programme of research funded by the NIHR aiming to improve the response of the NHS through effective care for people experiencing abuse and perpetrators, with a particular emphasis on the needs of men who have sex with men in London clinics. 

My PhD research looked into the relationship between the construction of masculinities and interpersonal violence among young men in urban-deprived settings from an ethnographic approach in Lima, Peru.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Ethnography
  • Gender
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
  • European Union
  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Peru
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Gender Violence
  • Masculinities
  • social norms
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