Dr Ana Maria Buller

Associate Professor

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I have over 20 years experience in conducting research and training at the intersection of gender, health and development across low-middle- and high-income settings. My areas of expertise include gender-based violence, sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and intervention development. I am Deputy Director of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre which is a WHO Collaboration Centre (…). My work draws on social theory, social psychology and feminist theories such as gender theory, social norms and power analysis. My experience with research and programme evaluation designs includes cluster RCTs with nested qualitative methods; mixed-methods quasi-experimental evaluations; and feasibility studies.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and teach and tutor on the Public Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health Research MScs. I am a lecturer for various modules within these programmes including Social Epidemiology, Principles of Social Research, Foundations of Reproductive Health and Sexual Health. I coordinate and teach on the GVHC short course Researching Gender-Based Violence: Meaning and Methods and I also teach and coordinate the gender-based violence session for the Professional Diploma of Tropical Diseases and Health.

I am currently the Exam Board Deputy Chair for the Sexual and Reproductive Health Research MSc and was Course Director for the Public Health MSc for a year.

I have extensive doctoral degree supervision experience having supervised 2 students to completion and currently supervising five more students working on issues around social norms and transactional sex, dating violence, reproductive violence, sexual and labour trafficking and reproductive health of adolescent girls with disabilities including qualitative and mixed methods methodologies. I enjoy teaching and mentoring research students, securing their timely progression and publications, as well as inducting them into the academic community and supporting their professional development. I have currently availability to take one more student as lead supervisor.


Current projects:

I currently head the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA) project (, a global learning initiative on social norms and sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. This initiative which started 6 years ago under the direction of Lori Heise, is currently working with Tanzanian partners in the development and evaluation of a multi-component, gender synchronised intervention using a social norms approach to prevent age-disparate transactional sex through an evidence-based, user-centred, iterative design focusing on girls, men and the community.

I am the principal investigator of the Romantic Jealousy, Infidelity and IPV Collaborative that brings together partners from around the globe to understand the pathways of association linking infidelity and romantic jealousy to IPV. As part of this collaboration we conducted the first global systematic review on the association of romantic jealousy and intimate partner violence against women (Pichon et. al 2020).

I led the first systematic review of the effects of cash and in-kind transfers on IPV in LMIC (Buller et. al. 2018), the results of which shaped the global research agenda and policy in the field of violence against women and girls. This work contributed to the formation of the Cash Transfer and IPV Research Collaborative (…). Led by IFPRI, this initiative includes LSHTM, UNC, UNICEF—Innocenti, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and aims to advance the research agenda linking cash transfers and IPV, to effectively and safely leverage cash programming for IPV prevention among poor and vulnerable women in LMIC settings.

Research Area
Impact evaluation
Sexual and reproductive health
Systematic reviews
Implementation science
Qualitative research
Mixed methods research
Gender-based violence
Violence against women and girls
Social psychology
Randomised controlled trials
Behaviour change
Disease and Health Conditions
United Kingdom
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review: Infidelity, Romantic Jealousy and Intimate Partner Violence against Women.
PICHON, M; Treves-Kagan, S; STERN, E; KYEGOMBE, N; Stöckl, H; BULLER, AM;
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Community perspectives on the extent to which transactional sex is viewed as sexual exploitation in Central Uganda.
KYEGOMBE, N; MEIKSIN, R; Namakula, S; Mulindwa, J; Muhumuza, R; Wamoyi, J; Heise, L; BULLER, AM;
BMC International Health and Human Rights
Systematic review of social norms, attitudes, and factual beliefs linked to the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.
Child Abuse & Neglect
Sexual health of adolescent girls and young women in Central Uganda: exploring perceived coercive aspects of transactional sex.
KYEGOMBE, N; MEIKSIN, R; Wamoyi, J; HEISE, L; Stoebenau, K; BULLER, AM;
Sexual and reproductive health matters
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