Dr Tracey Chantler


Research Fellow
Public Health Evaluation & Medical Anthropology


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


I am a medical anthropologist with a professional background in nursing and community health development. I have been involved in research relating to vaccines and immunisation for 17 years and have experience of coordinating community health and immunisation programmes in Haiti. My research in this field spans paediatric clinical vaccine trials, organisational, qualitative and mixed methods research in the UK related to the delivery of vaccine programmes, vaccine trial participation, public engagement, acceptance of new vaccines, as well as longer term ethnographic fieldwork related to community engagement, vaccine trials and ethics in western Kenya. 

In post-doctoral work I have studied the role and value of recicprocal monitoring in clinical trials, and have been part of a multi-disciplinary research team are developing a mobile health self-monitoring system for patients with heart failure. As part of this research I conducted home visits, to observe how patients were integrating use of this system into their daily lives, and do talk to them about their experiences of adopting technology for self-monitoring.  


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


Centre for Evaluation
Vaccine Centre


I teach on the Principles of Social Research (PSR) and the Medical Anthropology for Public Health modules, and co-edited the 2nd edition of the PSR text book. I supervise  Masters and PhD students.

I am also co-author of the following open access training rescource: 

Global Health Research in an Unequal World: Ethics case studies from Africa: A workbook focusing on relational rather than regulatory ethics. The messy everyday ethical issues that researchers face when working in situations of inequality and poverty.

Open access resource:


I am a member of the NIHR funded Immunisation Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) which is collaborative research group involving Public Health England and LSHTM. The HPRU theme I contriibute to is  ‘Vaccine Delivery & Confidence’. From 2014-16 I led a study which evaluated how the national immunisation programme in England adapted to changes in the health care environment, and supported an analysis of why some parents did not consent to their child being vaccinated as part of primary and secondary school-based influenza immunisation programme pilots conducted in England. Currently I am co-leading a service evaluation of the adolescent girsl HPV vaccination programmes. 

I am also an investigator in collaborative immunisation related research programmes in Ethiopia, Uganda and China. The programmes in Uganda and Ethiopia are evaluations (funded by 3ie Internatioanal Initative for Impact Evaluation) of interventions with integral theories of change that seek to increase the uptake of infant vaccination and promote shared responsibility for immunisation within beneficiary communities. The research programme in China is a NIHR funded research collaboration between LSHTM, Fudan University, China CDC which aims to coduct applied vaccine research that will help decision-makers in China build a responsive, reliable and euitable national immunisation programme.  

Research Area
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Health services research
Health systems
Organisational research
Primary care
Health workers
Behaviour change
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Public understanding
Qualitative methods
Operational research
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Cardiovascular disease
Infectious disease
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
United Kingdom
Caribbean small states
Euro area
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The Patient-Healthcare Worker Relationship: How Does it Affect Patient Views towards Vaccination during Pregnancy?
Wilson, R.J.; Chantler, T.; Lees, S.; Paterson, P.; Larson, H.
Health and Health Care Concerns Among Women and Racial and Ethnic Minorities
"It's a complex mesh"- how large-scale health system reorganisation affected the delivery of the immunisation programme in England: a qualitative study.
Chantler, T. ; Lwembe, S. ; Saliba, V. ; Raj, T. ; Mays, N. ; Ramsay, M. ; Mounier-Jack, S. ;
BMC Health Serv Res
Creating connections – the development of a mobile-health monitoring system for heart failure: Qualitative findings from a usability cohort study
Chantler, T.; Paton, C.; Velardo, C.; Triantafyllidis, A.; Shah, S.A.; Stoppani, E.; Conrad, N.; Fitzpatrick, R.; Tarassenko, L.; Rahimi, K.
Digital Health
International health research monitoring: exploring a scientific and a cooperative approach using participatory action research.
Chantler, T. ; Cheah, P.Y. ; Miiro, G. ; Hantrakum, V. ; Nanvubya, A. ; Ayuo, E. ; Kivaya, E. ; Kidola, J. ; Kaleebu, P. ; Parker, M. ; Njuguna, P. ; Ashley, E. ; Guerin, P.J. ; Lang, T. ;
BMJ Open
Ethical challenges that arise at the community interface of health research: village reporters' experiences in Western Kenya.
Chantler, T. ; Otewa, F. ; Onyango, P. ; Okoth, B. ; Odhiambo, F. ; Parker, M. ; Geissler, P.W. ;
Dev World Bioeth
Field workers at the interface.
Molyneux, S. ; Kamuya, D. ; Madiega, P.A. ; Chantler, T. ; Angwenyi, V. ; Geissler, P.W. ;
Dev World Bioeth
The role familiarity with science and medicine plays in parents' decision making about enrolling a child in vaccine research.
Chantler, T.E. ; Lees, A. ; Moxon, E.R. ; Mant, D. ; Pollard, A.J. ; Fiztpatrick, R. ;
Qual Health Res
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