Professor Cathy Zimmerman
PhD, MSc, MA
migration, health, vulnerable migrants, human trafficking, labour exploitation, gender-based violence
15-17 Tavistock Place
Professor Cathy Zimmerman is a founding staff member of the Gender Violence & Health Centre at LSHTM. She is a behavioural and social scientist and leads research on migration and health. Professor Zimmerman's research focusses on human trafficking, vulnerable mobile populations and gender-based violence (see: http://same.lshtm.ac.uk/themes/violence-mobile-populations-and-health/). Cathy and her team have produced policy and service-focused evidence from various corners of the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom and multiple European countries. She has been recognised for the impact of her research on policies and services (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/research-action/impact-case-studies/health-trafficked-women and http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/impact-case-studies/the-health-impact-of-human-trafficking/. Professor Zimmerman's current work focuses on child domestic workers under the MILLBY Research Programme on violence against women and girls in Southeast Asia. Professor Zimmerman's previous European studies generated the first data on the health risks and outcomes among trafficking survivors. Her team's Mekong multi-site research remains the largest study on human trafficking and health, to date. Professor Zimmerman and colleagues recently completed five-year intervention evaluation research: the DFID-funded Study on Work in Freedom Transnational (SWIFT) Evaluation of the International Labour Organization's "Work in Freedom" programme in South Asia (SWIFT: http://same.lshtm.ac.uk/projects-2/swift/). Previously, Professor Zimmerman, working with Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, produced evidence for England's Department of Health to help the National Health Service (NHS) respond to the health needs of people who are trafficked. She is the author of the World Health Organization's WHO Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women, IOM and LSHTM's Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health Providers and other international resource materials for law enforcement, service providers and health professionals. Dr. Zimmerman also worked in Cambodia from 1993 to 1998 where she established the first local non-governmental organization against domestic violence against women and children.
Professor Zimmerman lectures on migration and health, human trafficking, gender-based violence, conflict and health, research ethics and supervises MSc and PhD students.
Professor Zimmerman has conducted multi-country research on the health of trafficked women and adolescents, which generated the first-ever data on the health risks and outcomes associated with trafficking. Her research includes an intervention impact assessments of Internaional Labour Organization's Work in Freedom programme in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Lebanon and Jordan (SWiFTE). a multi-region study on exploitation, trafficking, and Migrant Health (EXTREMHE); a study on health and trafficking, exploitation, abuse and migration in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Thailand (STEAM). Collaborating with King's College Institute of Psychiatry, she is co-leading a multi-methods study (PROTECT) for England's Department of Health to help prepare the NHS to respond to the health needs of people who are trafficked in England. Previously, she led two multi-country studies (qualitative and quantitative) on the health risks and consequences of women who have been trafficked in Europe and research on on Asylum-seeking Women, Violence and Health in Europe.
Her work has been recognised for the impact that it has on programming and policy-making: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/publicationsandimpact/casestudies/2014/….
She is the author of the WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations on Interviewing Trafficked Women and co-edited: Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health Care Providers. These documents can be found at www.lshtm.ac.uk/genderviolence.
From 1993 to 1998, Cathy founded and managed a local non-governmental organisation in Cambodia and carried out primary research, both qualitative and quantitative studies and a legal analysis, on domestic violence. She worked with local projects in Cambodia on child abuse, and trafficking in women and children. From 2000-2002,