Christopher Pell

Christopher Pell

  • Postdoctoral 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 qualitative research spans diverse health domains and care settings, often seeking 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 research focuses on the social dimensions of infectious disease and critical care interventions. Dr. Pell co-leads the networking component of Sonar Global, a project that aims to establish a global network of social scientists working on infectious disease epidemics and antimicrobial resistance. Within the INDIGO consortium, he supervises a Ph.D. student working on the acceptability of intradermal patches for influenza vaccination in the Netherlands and India. Collaborating with the Bangkok-based Mahidol Oxford Tropical Research Network (MORU), Dr. Pell also supervises Ph.D. research on village malaria workers in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. He also leads qualitative research on the implementation of novel surveillance techniques for antibiotic resistance in humans and animals in Burkina Faso, Togo, and Germany. Within the EDCTP-funded IMPALA project, Dr. Pell leads the social science hub, which focuses on studying the implementation and impact of a predictive monitoring system for critical children in Malawi. He also works in an advisory role for 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.


View’s Dr. Pell’s publications. 


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

Looman, Lisanne & Pell, Christopher (2021) End-user perspectives on preventive antimalarials: A review of qualitative research, Global Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2021.1888388

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