Dr Joanna Reynolds MSc PhD

Research Fellow Senior Research Fellow


I am a Senior Research Fellow with the NIHR School for Public Health Research at LSHTM (SPHR@L), exploring the processes and practices of public health practitioners' engagement with alcohol licensing in local authorities.  I recently completed my PhD thesis, following research conducted with SPHR@L, and supervised by Mark Petticrew and Matt Egan (SEHR).  I explored how 'community' was enacted through a community-based empowerment initiative, to contribute to approaches for evaluating such (complex) interventions and interpreting their impacts on health inequalities. 

Previously, I worked at the School as a Research Fellow in Social Science for three years as part of the ACT Consortium.  In this role, I gave social science support to a range of studies in health service settings across Africa and Asia, seeking to improve diagnosis and appropriate treatment of malaria. 

I have an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University (2005) and an MSc in Public Health from LSHTM (2010).  My research background is primarily qualitative, applying social science to various areas of public health research, in both lower and higher income country settings.  Previous research has included intervention evaluation, public health in medical education, medical research ethics and most recently, malaria diagnosis and treatment interventions.  I have previously worked for an NGO in Ghana helping design and deliver behaviour change activities for health promotion campaigns.




I teach on the Qualitative Methodologies and Principles and Practice of Public Health modules.  I have previously taught on the Medical Anthropology in Public Health module and have been a tutor for the MSc Public Health.


My academic interests include the social determinants of health, health inequalities, evaluation methods for 'complex interventions', qualitative methodologies, health promotion and behaviour change, and research ethics.

As co-investigator, I completed a study in Tanzania, exploring perceptions of malaria and malaria treatment amongst HIV-positive people taking anti-retroviral medication, and meanings and experiences of participating in clinical research. 

I have been exploring definitions of quality in qualitative research and methods for assessing and assuring quality in qualitative studies, particulary within global health settings.

I have also explored how the realities of conducting evaluation activities (for complex interventions) 'in the field' may impact on interpretations of impact for informing scale-up of interventions, drawing 'lessons learned' from experiences across the ACT Consortium.

Research areas

  • Alcohol
  • Complex interventions
  • Diagnostics
  • Equity
  • Ethics
  • Ethnography
  • Evidence use
  • Global Health
  • Health inequalities
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Inequalities
  • Methodology
  • Public health
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Anthropology
  • Operational research
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malaria


  • Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Afghanistan
  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • ACT
  • Actor-network theory
  • Africa
  • Alcohol Policy
  • Antiretroviral Therapy
  • Behaviour Theory
  • Community
  • Community Mobilisation
  • Constructivism
  • Developing countries
  • Diagnostics,
  • Ethnography Of Medical Research
  • Evaluation
  • Geography
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Neighborhood effects; built environment;
  • Participatory Approaches To Health
  • Regeneration
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Space
  • collaboration
  • community participation
  • local government
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