Christopher Pell


Christopher Pell is a qualitative researcher who holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology (University of Amsterdam, 2014), an MSc in the Anthropology and Ecology of Development (University College London, UK) and a BA (Hons) in Human Sciences (University of Oxford, UK).

An expert in qualitative research design, methods, and data analysis, Christopher has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and undertaken extensive research on the implementation of prevention and control programmes for infectious and non-infectious diseases, including malaria, HIV, TB, hypertension and diabetes. Christopher has conducted research in diverse country and healthcare settings, in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia and in critical, primary and community care contexts.

Currently the associate editor of BMC Public Health, Christoper has previously worked with the World Health Organization, the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, the University of Amsterdam, the Barcelona Centre for Global Health Research (ISGlobal), and the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Christopher has supervised and assessed PhD candidates at the University of Amsterdam, ISGlobal, and the University of Oxford, and continues to mentor more junior researchers. A regular guest lecturer on topics such as qualitative implementation research, Christopher has trained scores of researchers in qualitative research methods and data analysis.

Within KNCV, Christopher supports the design, conduct and dissemination of qualitative research across the organization. Christopher is particularly involved in a multi-country qualitative evaluation of the impact of the People-Centred Framework on strategic TB planning and a mixed-methods baseline assessment of TB-related stigma in Vietnam.

In addition to his work with KNCV, Christopher is also a Research Fellow with the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD).

Recent publications

  1. Meta, J. […] Pell (Accepted) Understanding reticence to occupy ‘healthy’ homes: a qualitative study in Mtwara, Southeast Tanzania. PLoS Global Public Health
  2. Molemans, M. […] Pell et al. (2023) Traditional and complementary care used by HIV-infected adults on antiretroviral therapy: a mixed methods study in Eswatini. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 23 (1), 1-8
  3. Varadan, S. […] Pell et al. (2023) A Just Transition for AMR: Planning for an equitable and sustainable future with antimicrobial resistance. The Lancet S0140-6736(23)01687-2
  4. Oosterhaven, J. […] Pell et al. (Accepted) Health literacy and pain neuroscience education in an interdisciplinary pain management program: a qualitative study of patient perspectives. Pain reports
  5. Mshamu, S. […] Pell et al. (2023) Studying the health benefits of improved housing in rural Tanzania: challenges and progress. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. trad039


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