Dr Ruth Willis
BA MSc PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am a social scientist with training in epidemiology. I have a PhD in Sociology and Public Health and an MSc in Epidemiology from LSHTM, and a BA in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford.
Between my MSc and PhD training I worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Public Health, Environments and Society, LSHTM (then known as PEHRU/SEHR) for three years.
I have also held volunteer roles on the Independent Monitoring Board at a London Immigration Removal Centre, and with Doctors of the World UK (Medecins du Monde) as an outreach worker with undocumented migrants and female sex workers.
I have been involved in teaching for the School's London based and Distance Learning Masters programmes in Public Health, Epidemiology and Global Health Policy since 2005.
My PhD research at LSHTM explored intersecting perspectives on young children’s health and well-being in a cluster of Achuar indigenous communities in the mid Corrientes River region of the Peruvian Amazon. It was funded jointly by the UK ESRC/MRC through an ‘Interdisciplinary’ Studentship, and won the 2015-16 LSHTM Jerry Morris Prize for outstanding research.
I completed my PhD part-time following maternity leave, then took a career break to look after my young family. I returned to research at LSHTM in October 2018 with a MARCH Centre Career Re-Entry Fellowship. This will support me to develop new research about how children's health is conceptualised in different settings, with a focus on child food and feeding practices.