Dr Manuela Colombini PhD

Assistant Professor Gender-based violence


I am a social scientist with a background in health policy analysis. I conduct research in gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health services in sub-saharan Africa and South-East Asia. I hold an MSc in gender and development from the London School of Economics. After having previously worked for nearly 5 years on gender and reproductive health and rights issues (focussing on development and running of capacity bulding modules) at the World Health Organization, I joined the School end September 2005. My PhD was on the barriers and enabling factors affecting the integration of health sector response to intimate partner violence in Malaysia.




I am co-organiser of the Family Planning Programmes module. I teach on the Family Planning Programmes; Health Policy, Process and Power (seminar leader); Research, Design and Analysis (Ethics);  Diploma in Tropical Nursing; Short course on Researching gender-based violence. I am a course tutor for the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research.


My main research interests include gender-based violence and health sector responses, and integration of SRH services.

I currently work on two research projects. I am condcuting a health systems and policy analysis in Sri Lanka and Nepal to inform the development of health interventions integrating gender-based violence in antenatal settings.

I also conduct research for the Integra Initiative, a multi-country study investigating the integration of SRH and HIV services. This study is a partnership between LSHTM, Population Council and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Areas of focus are: fertility intentions among women living with HIV; perceptions of HIV-related stigma among HIV positive women attending SRH services; providers' views and experiences of integration of care; and experiences and risks of domestic and sexual violence among HIV positive women's attending postnatal care services.

I also undertook research on health sector responses to gender-based violence in Malaysia. In particular, I analysed challenges and enabling factors of a specific health model where services to abused women have been integrated into available services at secondary and tertiary care hospitals.

Research areas

  • Evaluation
  • Gender
  • Health care policy
  • Health policy
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Implementation research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health
  • Violence


  • Epidemiology
  • Policy analysis
  • Political science
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions



  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland

Other interests

  • Gender Analysis
  • Gender And Health
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Gender Violence
  • Health Personnel
  • Health Policy Process
  • Health Service Integration
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • health systems strengthening
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