The Team



Prof. Sally Theobald - Theme Leader

Prof. Theobald has a disciplinary background of geography and development studies and a PhD in Gender, Health and Development. 

She has over 15 years’ experience of designing and implementing gender sensitive qualitative research projects in international health and has published widely. She has
worked collaboratively on a range of implementation research projects in health systems in Africa and Asia and is an advisor to the Health System Alliance’s Implementation Research Platform.

Prof. Theobald has worked with close to community providers extensively, and is also working in post-conflict and fragile contexts through a DFID-funded Research Programme Consortia (REBUILD). She led a collaboration across four DFID-funded RPCs (28 institutions in total) to share good practice in research uptake in the field of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SHHEP). This work, nominated by DFID, was a finalist in the British Medical Journal’s 2010 Getting Research into Practice Awards.

She will bring new insight and complementary implementation research approaches to identify and rectify current gaps in the equity and access of integrated NTD control and will also support research uptake.



Dr Eleanor MacPherson - Post Doctoral Researcher

Dr MacPherson holds a Masters in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University. 

Her research interests and experience centre on qualitative research in gender, poverty NTDs and HIV. She has substantial experience of working in the Global South including (South Asia, Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa). She spent five years based in Southern Africa (Malawi and South Africa). During her time in Southern Africa she implemented a structural intervention to prevent HIV in mining communities in South Africa.

Her PhD, focused on the role gender, and social inequalities played in HIV transmission in fishing communities in Southern Malawi. Previously, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher with the AWOL programme at LSTM; developing networks with social scientists working in the NTD field. She is also conducting field-based research in Zanzibar exploring to explore the barriers and facilitators of implementing a longer treatment regimens for lymphatic filariasis.

On the COUNTDOWN project, she is working on the social science stream of work in Cameroon and Ghana.


Laura Dean - Research Assistant & PhD Student

Ms Dean has worked with the Capacity Research Unit within the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine on evaluations of research capacity strengthening initiatives in low and middle income countries.

Previously, she has worked on the management of community development projects aimed at improving infrastructure, education and health. She completed her MSc in International Public Health at LSTM, where she undertook research exploring the sexual and reproductive health rights of disabled women in India.

She is currently doing her PhD with emphasis on disability, equity and rights in how NTDs are integrated into the national health system of Liberia.