Mr Mark Marchant
in Political Theory of Emergent Disease Outbreaks
15-17 Tavistock Place
I joined the Department of Global Health and Development as a Research Fellow in Political Theory of Emergent Disease Outbreaks in October 2018 after completing an MA in Legal and Political Theory at Univeristy College London (UCL). Before joining LSHTM, I worked as a research consultant in East Africa for three years, working for public policy think tanks and consulting firms in Nairobi, Kenya and a community-based nonprofit in Pangani, Tanzania.
I teach on a distance learning module on Health Policy, Process and Power. I also supervise masters students completing masters degrees at LSHTM.
My research focus is on power relationships in two main areas: (i) responses to emergent disease outbreaks and (ii) preventing sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
I am currently part of the African coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training (ALERRT). ALERRT is a multi-disciplinary consortium of 21 partner organisations from 13 countries building a patient-centred clinical research network to respond to epidemics across sub-Saharan Africa. My work package seeks to better understand what comprises quality community engagement in biomedical research during outbreaks of infectious disease.
On the AViD Project (Anthropological Exploration of Facilitators and Barriers to Vaccine Deployment and Administration During Disease Outbreaks), I am the community engagement lead, supporting the design and delivery of engagement methods in five countries (Sierra Leone, Uganda, Brazil, India, DRC).
I also support ongoing analysis of the Maisha Trial on intimate partner violence (IPV) in Mwanza, Tanzania, and a study exploring impacts of innovative programming on IPV with the UZIWKASA programme in Pangani, Tanzania. These projects seek to understand how transformative social change interventions impact on violence.