Maria is a social scientist (PhD in Sociology) with broad experience employing participatory research approaches in diverse socio-cultural settings, including Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, Russia, Latin America, and Europe. Employed as Lecturer in Sociology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), between 2006 and 2011 she set up and coordinated a qualitative research unit in Tanzania. Previously, she served as advisor for the United Nations Development Program where she catalyzed a multi-stakeholder participatory process to develop the 1st HIV/AIDS Strategy of Albania. Based overseas for 10 years, she returned to Europe in 2011, where she was awarded a prestigious Ramon y Cajal fellowship by the Spanish Ministry of Science. Since then, her research has focused in the field of migrant and ethnic minority health. She is particularly interested in the use of participatory mixed-methods approaches to inform migrant health policies. She is currently a research assistant on the HRB funded project EMHIC, and a member of the Public and Patient Involvement research unit at GEMS (Faculty of Education & Health Sciences-UL). She has conducted evaluations of Global Health projects funded/implemented by WHO, ECDC and the EC. She is involved in teaching at the UL and the LSHTM.
Public and Patient Involvement, Participatory Health Research, Participatory Learning and Action, Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health, Medical Sociology
a) Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. Sociology teaching on ethnicity and health (2018).b) University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)Involved for +10 years in the LSHTM Public Health MSc Degree by Distance Learning. Tutor in the modules "Health Care Evaluation" and "Principles of Social Research" (which I also coordinated in 2010/11). This involves coordinating teams of teachers, developing and marking exams, mentoring students, supervising research projects, and marking formative assignments. I also organised and facilitated 5 courses on qualitative methods addressed at local field-workers in the LSHTM collaborative international site in Mwanza, Tanzania (National Institute for Medical Research), with a total duration of ~120 hours. This included: 1) Basics of Qualitative research, 2) Advanced Workshop in qualitative methods, 3) Inducing biographical narratives, 4) Mapping and brainstorming tools, 5) Body Mapping tools. c) University of Barcelona· Lecturer and coordinator of the module Qualitative methods at the Master of Global Health, ISGLOBAL, University of Barcelona (Faculty of Medicine). Since 2012 (34 hours/year). (IN ENGLISH)· Lecturer on Social Determinants of Health. Master in internationalization (Faculty of Economy, UB). Since 2011 (8 hours/year)· Preparatory workshop for field-workers involved in the COHEMI project. November 2012 (20 hours) d) Catalan Agency for the Evaluation of Public Polices (IVALUA). Organises and lecturer of the course: Qualitative methods applied to the evaluation of public polices. 2011, 2012, 2013 (30 hours/year).