Dr Ellen Turner
BA MA PhD
I joined the Department of Global Health and Development as Research Fellow in June 2019 and conduct mutli-disciplinary research into the prevention of violence against children in schools. I have an MA in Education and International Development from UCL IoE, a BA in French and Italian from the University of Bristol, and have a background of teaching with Teach First. I am a sociologist and my research focuses on education, gender, violence against children and social inequalities in education, and on public health approaches to preventing violence in schools. I conducted my PhD jointly at UCL Institute of Education and LSHTM, and examined the interconnections between different forms of violence in schools and sustainable approaches for violence prevention.
My research examines school interventions to prevent violence against children through a multi-disciplinary lens that draws on both sociological and public health approaches. I am currently working on the Child-friendly Catholic Schools Study in Zimbabwe (CCSS-Z), in collaboration with Porticus and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference. This study conducts mixed-methods research into the design and implementation of a faith-based intervention to prevent violence in Catholic schools in Zimbabwe. I lead on the qualitative component. I am also working on a study with Childline Zimbabwe to examine violence against children during Covid-19 related school closures.
My PhD research was linked to the Good Schools Study and focused on the long-term influence of the Raising Voices Good Schools Toolkit intervention in primary schools in Uganda. I also examined the gender dimensions of violence against children in schools, in particular focusing on corporal punishment, peer violence and teacher sexual violence in schools and the links between them.
Prior to joining LSHTM I have also worked on several research projects with the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) at UCL, working on a UNICEF and Government of Ethiopia intervention to prevent school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) in Ethiopia, a DFID-funded literature review into evidence on SRGBV prevention interventions and conducting qualitative research into education in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank.