Dr Magdalena Harris BA(hons) MA PhD

Assistant Professor


Dr Magdalena Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Health at LSHTM. Her expertise lies in qualitative methods and the social sciences of hepatitis C and harm reduction. She has been based at LSHTM since 2009, where she conducts a programme of research investigating the lived experience of hepatitis C, its treatment and prevention in the UK. Magdalena is a former recipient of an NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship (‘The Hepatitis C Treatment Journey’) and currently holds an NIHR Career Development Fellowship (‘Care and Prevent’). This mixed-method project extends beyond a focus on hepatitis C and qualitative methods. It is the first study in the UK to investigate the barriers and facilitators to skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI) care for people who inject drugs, and the first globally to explore the potential of urine screening in drug treatment settings for preventing SSTI-related kidney failure (AA amyloidosis).

Magdalena has an extensive track-record in academic-community partnership, peer research, and in disseminating research findings in close collaboration with community organisations. She is a trustee for the Hepatitis C Trust; associate editor for the International Journal of Drug Policy and Journal of Hepatology, Medicine and Policy; steering committee member for the London Joint Working Group on Hepatitis C and Substance Use and the European Hepatitis C Platform; and board member for the Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research. 

Some background about how she came to work in the harm reduction field can be found in this brief video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H51Nk-I7PA




Magdalena is a Co-Organiser for the Principles of Social Research MSc Module and contributes lectures to the Qualitative Methodologies and Sociology of Health MSc Modules. Her PhD students are conducting qualitative research in the areas of harm reduction and HIV.


Magdalena is CI on collaborative NIHR grants and Fellowship holder for the NIHR Career Development Grant: "Promoting skin & soft tissue infection care and preventing AA amyloidosis among people who inject drugs in the UK: A mixed methods study."  

Her  research interests include: the social relations of harm reduction; community participation and mobilisation; stigma and discrimination; embodiment; autoethnography and qualitative methodologies.

Here she talks about her work on the Staying Safe project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsWn0_gOT4Q&feature=relmfu

Research areas

  • Health inequalities
  • Health systems
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Risk
  • Substance use
  • Viruses


  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Addiction
  • Hepatitis
  • Kidney disease
  • Skin disease


  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Access To Care
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Discrimination and Stigma
  • Habit and Reflexivity
  • Hepatitis C
  • Injecting Drug Use
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Marginalised Populations
  • Participatory Research
  • Patient - Physician relationship
  • Patient And Public Involvement
  • Patient activism and experience
  • Stigma
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