Institute for Global Health

Dr Joanna Morrison

Dr Joanna Morrison

Senior Research Associate

Institute for Global Health

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2009

Research summary

I specialise in qualitative and participatory methodologies with marginalised groups to develop an understanding of contexts, and understand the barriers to, and facilitators of healthy behaviours in low and middle income countries.

My research enables the participation and engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders in the development of health interventions that directly address problems as they are experienced, in the systems that they are experienced. I have applied these research methods to non-communicable diseases, child marriage, maternal, newborn & child health, nutrition, and health systems.

I have an in-depth knowledge of the community context of South Asia, and the community, health systems and policy context of Nepal in particular. I have worked with research partners in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Malawi, Niger, Somalia and Thailand.

Teaching summary

I co-lead the Global Non Communicable Diseases MSc module, and I coordinated and taught the Qualitative Research in Action MSc module from 2004 to 2011. I have supervised several MSc students, and one PhD student to completion.

My work involves building research capacity among colleagues in partner organisations and I have conducted training in qualitative research methods, participatory evaluation methods, process evaluation and action research.

I currently supervise one Phd student.


University College London
, | 2009
University of Strathclyde
, | 1999
University of Strathclyde
, | 1998


I joined UCL in 2002, previously having worked at the East London and the City Health Authority, and in Honduras with an international non governmental organisation