Dr Michelle Lokot
PhD MIntDev LLB BA
15-17 Tavistock Place
Michelle has a background working 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 and research methods. She has experience conducting feminist research and using participatory approaches.
Michelle teaches on the Conflict & Health course and in 2021-2022 is co-organiser for this course. 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.
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 member of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre and Gender Violence and Health Centre. Michelle is part of the GBV Community of Practice.