Institute for Global Health


Rosamund Greiner

Rosamund's thesis title is "Examining the influence of Colombia’s public health response to Zika on constructions of gender and disability".

Her primary supervisor is Dr Jennie Gamlin.

To get in touch with Rosamund, please email her at rosamund.greiner.18@ucl.ac.uk.

About Rosamund

Rosamund Greiner
I graduated with a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham in 2017, and following this worked as a research intern at a West Midlands-based social enterprise carrying out research on patient experiences of health and social care services.

In this role I developed data collection tools, collected and analysed data for both qualitative and quantitative projects, such as those looking at support services for cancer patients, end of life care, A&E waiting times and GP access.  My experience in this role ignited my interest in health research and my desire to learn more about rigorous application of methods.

I first came to UCL to complete my MSc in Global Health and Development, where I developed an interest in the fields of gender and health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, climate change and urban health.  I took modules on both qualitative and quantitative research, and was able to take two modules at the University of Barcelona through the TropEd global mobility option.

I graduated with a distinction in 2019 and went on to work in the Global Health Diabetes team at the University of Exeter, where I was involved in a number of projects that aimed to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa. In this role I was able to further develop my quantitative analysis skills, as I was responsible for cleaning and analysing large datasets.

In order to maintain my qualitative skills I attended the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network’s training course where I was first introduced to rapid qualitative research and ethnographic approaches to health research. 

Thesis summary

My research will examine the ways in which the public health response to the Zika virus that affected the Americas in 2015-18 has influenced constructions of gender and disability.

By using an intersectional, decolonial analysis of gender and disability (and their links to and co-constitution with other axes of oppression such as class and race) I will examine the gendered division of household labour in relation to the recommended preventative measures for Zika, and the apparent conflict between the push for increased abortion access in cases where microcephaly is suspected, and the rights and needs of people living with disabilities in Colombia.

My hope is that the results of this work will enable me to make recommendations for gender- and disability-responsive public health measures in epidemics, which feels ever more relevant as we experience the COVID-19 pandemic and begin to see it’s lasting effects with regards to gender, disability, race and class.