in Sexual & Reproductive Health
15-17 Tavistock Place
Joanna Busza is Director, Centre for Evaluation and Associate Professor in Sexual & Reproductive Health. Her academic focus is applied research, including the design and evaluation of targeted, community-based sexual and reproductive health interventions. She has particular expertise in the use of qualitative and participatory methods, both in conducting research and as a means to create enabling social environments for risk reduction.
Joanna has over 25 years' international research experience in the fields of HIV, sexual and reproductive behaviour, and the social determinants of risk among vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups, particularly sex workers and mobile populations. She lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 2013-2018, where she was based at the WHO Country Office, working with a national team to establish Ethiopia's Maternal Death Surveillance & Response system.
Joanna Busza joined LSHTM in 2001. She completed the MSc Medical Demography at LSHTM in 1997. Prior to that, she worked for reproductive health and human rights NGOs in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and did an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
Joanna conducts training in research, monitoring, and evaluation skills for NGO, UN agencies and government institutions. She also develops and conducts short training packages on a range of topics including behaviour change interventions, reaching marginalised populations, and using participatory approaches. She helepd design Ethiopia's national training curricula for Maternal Death Surveillance and Response, and helped set up a "cascade" training programme that has now reached 1500+ health professionals.
She has developed a Process Evaluation workshop package that the Centre for Evaluation can deliver to collaborating partners and tailor to their specific interests.
Joanna has taught on Health Promotion, Sexual Health, Social Epidemiology, Family Planning Programmes, Foundations in Reproductive Health, and Research Design and Analysis.
Joanna currently works on mixed-method process and impact evaluations of several HIV prevention and treatment programmes for female sex workers and high risk adolescents in Zimbabwe. In Ethiopia, she leads a study into safe migration practices for women seeking domestic work in the Middle East and co-leads the Migration and Health Research Action Group in Ethiopia (MiHRAGE), an interdiciplinary collaboration funded through the Medical Academy of Sciences.