Christopher Pell

Christopher Pell

  • Research Fellow
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Christopher Pell is a qualitative social scientist with a background in medical anthropology. Collaborating with colleagues from varied disciplines across the world, Dr. Pell’s research spans diverse health domains and care settings. Often his work aims to ensure that the perspectives and experiences of users – patients and health staff – are incorporated into the development and implementation of interventions.

Much of his current activities focus on the social dimensions of antimicrobial resistance, infectious diseases (particularly malaria) and critical care in low- and middle-income settings. His current role includes:

  • Co-leading networking in Sonar Global, an EU-funded project that has established a global network of social scientists working on infectious disease epidemics and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Leading qualitative research on the implementation of novel surveillance techniques for antibiotic resistance in humans and animals in Burkina Faso, Togo, and Germany (OASIS).
  • Leading the social science component of INDIGO, an EU-India consortium that aims to develop novel influenza vaccine technologies. This includes supervising a Ph.D. student working on the acceptability of intradermal patches for vaccine delivery
  • With the Bangkok-based Mahidol Oxford Tropical Research Network (MORU), supervising Ph.D. research on village malaria workers in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Within the EDCTP-funded IMPALA project, leading the social science hub, which focuses on studying the implementation and impact of a predictive monitoring system for critically ill children in Malawi.
  • Advising the Wellcome Trust-funded, Critical Care Asia consortium, assisting with research on the drivers of quality of critical care in South and southeast Asia and the implementation of an intensive care registry.
  • Finally, he is a co-investigator in multi-disciplinary research on the implementation of decentralized care for non-communicable diseases – exploring its acceptability and feasibility in Eswatini (WHO-PEN@Scale).

Adhikari, B… & Pell, C. “Why do people purchase antibiotics over-the-counter? A qualitative study with patients, clinicians and dispensers in central, eastern and western Nepal.” BMJ global health, 6.5 (2021): e005829.

Pell, Christopher, et al. “Community engagement, social context and coverage of mass anti-malarial administration: Comparative findings from multi-site research in the Greater Mekong sub-Region.” PloS one 14.3 (2019): e0214280.

Pell, Christopher, et al. “‘Then her neighbour will not know her status’: how health providers advocate antiretroviral therapy under universal test and treat.” International health 11.1 (2018): 36-41

Pell, Christopher, et al. “Factors affecting antenatal care attendance: results from qualitative studies in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.” PloS one 8.1 (2013): e53747