Joelle Mak

Research Fellow


Prior to joining LSHTM I worked on a number of HIV and sexual health projects primarily in developing countries (Belize, Sierra Leone, Namibia) for NGOs.




I am the co-module organiser for Principles of Social Research and also teach on Research Design & Analysis.

I am a tutor on MSc Public Health (health promotion stream) and MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research (RSHR). I also sit on the MSc RSHR Course Committee.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


I am a mixed methods social science researcher. My research interests are HIV, sexual health, interpersonal violence and migration, including human trafficking and forced labour.

I currently work on two evaluations:

-an evaluation of interventions to prevent labour trafficking in India, Nepal and Bangladesh particularly to the Middle East. I am the Nepal country lead, responsible for managing and coordinating the Nepal research. 

-the Integra initiative, an evaluation on different models for delivering integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in Kenya, Swaziland and Malawi. I am specifically looking SRH service use patterns at the population-level and reasons for use and non-use particularly among men.

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Child health
  • Complex interventions
  • Gender
  • Health promotion
  • Health services research
  • Impact evaluation
  • Migration
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health
  • Systematic reviews


  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Addiction
  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Belize
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Zimbabwe

Other interests

  • Gender Violence
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