Dr Michelle Lokot
PhD MIntDev LLB BA
15-17 Tavistock Place
Michelle has worked as a humanitarian practitioner focused on gender equality and gender-based violence. Prior to joining LSHTM, Michelle worked for the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps and World Vision, including longer-term postings in Jordan, Nigeria and Burundi. Her PhD research explored humanitarian gender narratives on (im)mobility, family relationships and resistance among self-settled Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Michelle has a PhD in Gender Studies, a Masters degree in International and Community Development, a Bachelors degree in Law and a Bachelors degree in Arts.
Michelle takes an interdisciplinary approach to conducting research. Her research interests include forced migration, gender, humanitarian assistance, decolonising research and research methods. She has experience conducting feminist research and using participatory approaches.
Michelle is Co-Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre.
Michelle is Co-Organiser of the Conflict & Health course, which she also teaches on. She is a tutor for students completing a MSc in Public Health. She also contributes to the short course 'Researching Gender-based violence: methods and meaning'.
Michelle currently works on the GOAL project (funded by GCRF/ESRC), which seeks to support government and partners to strengthen the mental health system for refugees and host communities in Lebanon. Within GOAL, her work focuses on governance, participation, gender and capacity-strengthening. As part of GOAL as well as the RECAP project, she has conducted research on co-production within humanitarian settings. In 2022, Michelle is also leading a project on refugee participation with pump-priming funding.
Prior to her work on the GOAL project, Michelle worked in the Department of Global Health & Development at LSHTM. She led the development of a social norms course for NGO practitioners working on child protection issues. She has led qualitative research on agency and child marriage among NGO practitioners in Cameroon and Somalia, and completed a systematic review on corporal punishment and social norms.
Michelle is a Co-Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre and a member of the Gender Violence and Health Centre. Michelle is part of the global GBV AoR Community of Practice.