Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
Kate Gooding holds the position of post doctoral research associate at MLW.
I am a postdoctoral research association at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research programme. I’ve worked in international development for around 15 years, with a focus on international health since 2004. During this time I’ve worked mainly with NGOs but also in universities and donor agencies, and much of my work has involved applied research and linking research with policy and practice.
In Malawi, I’m based in MLW’s Behaviour and Health Group. Part of my role involves close collaboration with the Science Communication team. Together with the team manager and M&E officer, I’m working to strengthen monitoring and evaluation of our community and public engagement activities, to support research on emerging engagement issues, and to ensure our plans for engagement are informed by clear goals and evidence. I will also be supporting the team’s emerging work on linking research findings to district and national policy. Alongside this, I’m working with the Ethox bursary fellows at MLW to discuss and support their research projects.
Another part of my role at MLW involves a study about vaccine acceptability. One component of this study examines community engagement with an ongoing influenza vaccine trial aimed at children under 5. We’re interested in why parents choose to enrol their children or decide not to participate, and why some may choose to withdraw. I hope the findings will provide useful insights about processes and contexts that affect community engagement.
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