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Bridging disciplines, crossing thematic boundaries and mixing methods: reflections from global health policy and systems research

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Tolib Mirzoev will discuss the potential for conducting health policy and systems research while working at the intersection between different academic disciplines, health topics or themes, and multiple research methods.

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Professor Tolib Mirzoev will reflect on possible advantages of such an approach with regards to communicating research and ensuring its impact on policy and practice, and will also discuss challenges of working ‘outside the box’, drawing on his experience from academic, government and development settings. 


Tolib Mirzoev

Tolib Mirzoev, Professor of Global Health Policy, LSHTM

Tolib's expertise and interests are at the intersection of health policy analysis, health systems assessment and capacity strengthening. His research is primarily in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where he has long-standing academic and policy partnerships. Examples of Tolib’s collaborative research include: assessing role of evidence in health policymaking in India, Vietnam and China, evaluating a national health systems strengthening programme in Nigeria, improving health systems responsiveness to maternal mental health in Ghana and Vietnam, and research into control of non-communicable diseases in West Africa.

Tolib joined the LSHTM in April 2021, and before then he was based at the University of Leeds where he still holds a Visiting Professorship. Tolib’s first undergraduate degree was in medicine, followed by masters in health management, planning and policy and then PhD in health policy and capacity strengthening. Over the years he worked with government and non-government organisations, provided consultancy services to international agencies (e.g. WHO, World Bank) and advised key research funders (UKRI, NIHR, EC) through funding committees.

Tolib is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Health Systems Global, a membership society for health systems researchers, practitioners, decision-makers and funders. He is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) with substantial experience in teaching, guest lecturing, external examining and mentoring.

Event notices

  • The lecture will be followed by an in-person drinks reception from 18.30 - 19.30 in G90.
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  • Please note that the recording link will be listed on this page when available.


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