Dr Joanna Reynolds MSc PhD

Assistant Professor in Social Science


I am an Assistant Professor 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 completed my PhD thesis in 2016, 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 am a module co-organiser for the Qualitative Methodologies module, and have previously taught on the Medical Anthropology and Principles and Practice of Public Health modules.  I am a tutor for the MSc Public Health and deliver teaching on qualitative methods for the Bloomsbury Transferable Skills Programme.


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

I am currently leading a mixed methods study exploring the influences on public health contributions to alcohol licensing processes in local government in England.  I have an interest in how the 'local' is conceptualised and enacted through alcohol policy, evidence and discourse.

I have conducted ethnographic research exploring enactments of 'community' through a community empowerment initiative, to contribute to theorisation of community engagement practices, and to methodological approaches to evaluating 'complex' interventions.

I have previously worked on a programme of research around interventions for improving malaria diagnosis and treatment, as part of the ACT Consortium.  This research engaged with methodological approaches to evaluating complex interventions in low-resource, health system settings; with meanings of participation in clinical research; and with conceptualisations and experiences of diagnostic technologies for improving healthcare delivery in a range of settings.

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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