Dr Nicola Pocock


Honorary Assistant Professor
Child Exploitation and Health

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 207 7927 2700

I am a mixed methods researcher, honorary faculty at LSHTM and Head of Data & Research at the Lumos Foundation, an NGO aiming to end child institutionalization and promote shifts towards family and community-based care systems. My research interests are in child exploitation and health, including children in institutional care, child labour, child domestic work and migrant labour exploitation, and interventions and policy responses to these issues. Current projects include leading a team to design a realist evaluation of interventions to reduce child institutionalization in Eastern Europe, alongside design of pilot outcomes studies with children leaving institutional care.

Previously I’ve consulted with FCDO, the Asia Foundation and ILO on Modern Slavery and Child Labour, including revisions to the ILO Child Labour questionnaire which captures global prevalence data. During 2016-17 I was an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia, funded by the China Medical Board and Atlantic Philanthropies. I serve on advisory boards for ILO and Freedom Fund on Child Labour projects, as well as the LSHTM-Millby Foundation Invisible Girls Programme on Child Domestic Work, led by Cathy Zimmerman. Other service includes membership of the Ethics Consultative Service for Marginalized Populations at University Malaya and co-editing a special issue on Child Labour, Working Children and Health at the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


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


Centre for Evaluation


I supervise distance learning theses for the MSc in Public Health.


I have conducted systematic reviews on child domestic work, trafficking, and quantitative and qualitative research exploring the health needs of trafficked persons as part of the LSHTM-IOM Study on Trafficking, Exploitation and Abuse in the Mekong, the largest survey of post-trafficking service users conducted to date.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health systems
Occupational health
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Development studies
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Social Policy
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Myanmar (Burma)
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Europe & Central Asia (developing only)
South Asia