Dr Emily Warren


Assistant Professor

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

020 7927 2408

I am currently working on the Food in Early Years' Study which explores how parents, staff in early years' settings, and relevant stakeholders understand nutrition and address inequities, how food-based practices vary, and whether or not settings use national guielines.

My previous work focused on young people. My PhD explored the practical and philisophical possibility of conducting realist trials by evaluating a complex intervention which sought to reduce bullying and aggressive behaviour in secondary schools in southeast England.  I have also worked as a trial co-ordinator on the If I Were Jack study, which evaluated an intervention seeking to reduce unintended pregnacies by exploring possible outcomes from the young man's perspective. 

My background is primarily in sexual health, focusing on how context influences behaviour and intervention use. I have researched risk perception and biomedical prevention interventions use in sub-Saharan Africa and led a field study in Uganda examining how a patient feedback loop influenced health care provider behaviour. I've also worked in the Dominican Republic as an M&E consultant for a USAID-funded HIV project focusing on migrants, commercial sex workers, MSM, and women with little formal education.  I have also worked for the Metro Centre as their Contraception and Reproductive Advice and Sexual Health Information Team Leader, focusing on Chlamydia screening and young people's sexual negotiation.

I studied Critical Theory of Social Justice with an emphasis in Feminist, Queer and Sexuality studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles where I also worked for three years as a rape and domestic violence counsellor and advocate.  I have an MSc in Public Health from LSHTM.  


Department of Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation


I am currently a seminar leader for Foundations for Health Promotion.

I have previously taught on Evaluation of Public Health Intervetions, Issues in Public Health, and Conflict and Health.


I am a primarily qualitative research but have also designed nationally representative surveys and worked on mixed methods studies.  I'm interested in emerging theory-driven methods including dimensional analysis and qualitative comparative analyses. 

My primary interst is in realism and evaluations of complex interventions, particualrly in emerge, contingent causation, and the role of structure and agency.  

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Social Sciences
Caribbean small states
European Union
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
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