Ms Chiara Rinaldi
(NIHR SPHR Pre-doctoral fellow)
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the NIHR School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) at LSHTM. I am involved in various research projects focused on local-level public health and health inequalities.
My background is in the social sciences. I hold a BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences with specialisations in Psychology and Global Health from Erasmus University Rotterdam and an MSc in Health and Society from Wageningen University. Prior to joining LSHTM I have worked as a public health consultant evaluating local health interventions and as a Research Assistant at Maastricht University where I conducted research on whole-of-society health initiatives. I am especially interested in the upstream determinants of health.
I am currently working on various projects within the NIHR School for Public Health Research, including a Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES) project on housing and health, and a project on health inequalities. I am also involved in research on the commercial determinants of health.
My previous research activitities include:
- Political determinants of health: I have recently undertaken a research project focused on understanding and mapping the influence of populist radical right parties and broader political systems on population health in Europe. This project was commissioned by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Public Health Policy and Politics section (2019, 2020)
- Whole-of-society health initiatives: I have been involved in the evaluation of 'Alles is Gezondheid' (All about Health), a whole-of-society initiative by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in which civil society and businesses are encouraged to actively contribute to national public health goals. I conducted a scoping review on research methods and indicators for the (process) evaluation of whole-of-society health initiatives and a comparative analysis of whole-of-society health initiatives worldwide (2019)
- Impact evaluation: I have co-led the mixed methods evaluation of 'Spelenderwijs Gezond', a school-based intervention that integrates healthy eating, physical activity and sustainability, developed by the municipality of Wageningen (Netherlands) (2019)
- Comparative health policy analysis: I conducted a comparative analysis of NCD policy development in the WHO European Region at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (2018); I have also contributed to two investment cases for the prevention and control of NCDs in Armenia and Kazakhstan (here and here)