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Team on "Epidemics, Digital Media and Health Communications in Africa"

Dr Johanna Riha, CGHR Research Associate (2018-2019)

Johanna was a Research Associate who worked on the second phase of the Epidemics, Digital Media and Health Communications in Africa project in Somalia. The second phase of the project was successfully completed in 2019 and focused on utilising and evaluating interactive radio and an SMS as a means of understanding perceptions of cholera risk and preparedness among communities in the South Central Zone of Somalia. Prior to this role Johanna was the Policy Director for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health based in London and also worked as Lead of Information Management for the National Chlamydia Screening Programme in the UK. Johanna holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge funded by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Birmingham.


Laurie Denyer Willis

Dr Laurie Denyer Willis, CGHR Research Associate (2016-17)

Laurie was a CGHR Research Associate working on this project for its Cape Verde case study. She is a medical anthropologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Based on long-term ethnographic work, she is concerned most broadly with urban governance, affect, and religion. Her work considers the stakes of state absence and presence, by linking together the sensory and environmental with experiences of disease, dispossession, and the politics of hope.


Dr Sharath Srinivasan

Dr Sharath Srinivasan, CGHR Director & Director Africa's Voices

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Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes, CGHR Research Associate & Senior Advisor  Research & Innovation at Africa's Voices

Claudia Abreu Lopes led research on the pilot research for Africa’s Voices, and was then the first Head of Research and Development at CGHR's spinout organisation, Africa’s Voices Foundation. Claudia led on designing the evaluation methodology for this project. Claudia holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics (LSE). Her research interests focus on socio-cognitive mechanisms in the field of social representations and on methodologies that bridge people’s outlooks and actions to their social and political context.


Alex Lewis

Dr Alex Lewis, Researcher at Africa's Voices

Alex worked at Africa's Voices Foundation, where she carried out data analysis and geographic information system (GIS) work related to this project. She originally trained as a Marine Biologist at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and holds a PhD from the University of York in genetics and landscape ecology. She also has an MSc in Geospatial Analysis from University College London. Alex has worked as a researcher, field-worker, data analyst and project manager with universities, non-governmental organisations and government departments. She has done this in Venezuela, Mongolia and Malaysian Borneo as well as within the UK. 





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