- 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. Currently, a Post-Doctoral Researcher at AIGHD, he has worked for over ten years in the field of global health.
Working together with colleagues from varied disciplines across the world, Dr. Pell uses qualitative methods – interviews, focus groups, observations – to understand how the social and cultural context affects the implementation of health interventions. He has studied, for example, malaria prevention technologies and HIV treatment programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Pell often works in multi-site studies and uses a comparative approach to render broad insights into implementation challenges and opportunities.
Currently, Dr. Pell is involved in an EU-funded project that seeks to build a global network of social scientists working on infectious disease epidemics and anti-microbial resistance (sonar-global.eu). Building on previous work in Eswatini, he is also engaged in multi-disciplinary research on the implementation of decentralized care for non-communicable diseases – exploring it acceptability and feasibility, and – using a syndemics framework – examining potential interactions between communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Since 2015, Dr. Pell has been collaborating with the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, aiding the design and operation of social science research linked to malaria elimination programmes in South East Asia.
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
Desai, Meghna, et al. “Prevention of malaria in pregnancy.” The Lancet infectious diseases 18.4 (2018): e119-e132
Pell, Christopher, et al. “Factors affecting antenatal care attendance: results from qualitative studies in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.” PloS one 8.1 (2013): e53747