Dr Catherine Dodds PhD

Assistant Professor


Catherine Dodds is an Assistant Professor at Sigma Research in the department of Social and environmental Health Research (SEHR). She has a longstanding interest in the way that notions of responsibility are expressed through HIV prevention interventions and policies. She has extensive qualitative research experience into the interaction between social inequality and HIV prevention need among homosexually active men, and among African migrants to the UK. Catherine has led on the development of key policy and planning frameworks The Knowledge, The Will and The Power and the African HIV prevention Handbook and she led Bass Line 2007, a national HIV prevention needs assessment of Africans in England. She has undertaken research and evaluation for a range of funders including National Institutes for Health Research, Department of Health, Wellcome Trust, as well as statutory and third sector organisations in the UK and globally. Catherine is recognised internationally for her research and policy experience relating to criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission, and she continues to influence colleagues who deliver services and devise policy which on HIV in the UK and elsewhere. She is currently interested in work that undertakes a critique of the biomedicalisation of HIV in terms of policy implications as well as lived experience for people living with and at risk of acquiring HIV.




Catherine supervises postgraduate students, as well as contributing to teaching and assessment on the Health Policy, Process and Power in-house module in the first term.

Catherine is also the Deputy Programme Director for the Distance Learning course, Global Health Policy.


Current research interests and committments include:

From Treatment Possibilities to Treatment as Prevention: HIV and biomedicalisation in UK qualitative datasets, funded by Wellcome Trust (principal investigator)

Haus Study: Feasibility and acceptability of self-sampling kits to increase the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans in the United Kingdom, funded by NIHR (co-investigator) www.haus.org.uk


Research areas

  • Evaluation
  • Health inequalities
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Health technology assessment
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Sexual health
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • European Union
  • World


  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Adolescent HIV
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Behavioural And Cultural Change
  • Citizenship
  • Combination prevention
  • Ethics And Human Rights
  • Ethnicity And Health
  • Evidence into practice
  • Evidence synthesis
  • HIV
  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Self Testing
  • HIV Testing
  • HIV Treatment
  • Health Technologies
  • Health behaviour
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Intersectionality; Sociology of Knowledge
  • MSM
  • Males Who Have Sex With Males
  • Marginalised Populations
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Monitoring And Evaluation
  • Multisectoral Responses To HIV
  • NGOs
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Participatory Research
  • Point of Care tests
  • Refugees
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Socio legal theory
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
  • Stigma
  • Young peole
  • biomedical research and ethics
  • community participation
  • e-learning
  • evidence into policy
  • knowledge transfer
  • migration and health
  • online learning
  • sexual behaviour
  • social determinants of health
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