Dr Daniel Strachan

Senior Research Fellow

Daniel Strachan

Daniel is a social scientist whose research aims to support more equitable and effective health system development (and ultimately healthier communities) through engagement with community perspectives and approaches to health.

His research has primarily focused on the development and evaluation of interventions that can be implemented in real life settings, often by community health workers (CHWs). These interventions have typically aimed to improve maternal and child health, child development and disease control outcomes through strengthened health and community systems. He has a particular interest in the performance priorities of CHWs and how these are formed and shaped by the communities they work within.

Recently, through the Health Worker Voices Project, Daniel has sought to capture the perspectives of health workers around the world as they and their health system’s contend with the challenges of COVID-19. He has also, with colleagues at University College London (UCL) and the University of Ghana just been awarded a UK Medical Research Council grant to explore contextual awareness, health system responses and preparedness for a diabetes intervention in Ghana.

Daniel co-coordinates the Global Child Health and Primary Health Care and Global Health modules within the University of Melbourne’s MPH program. Previously (to 2019) Daniel was a Lecturer in Global Health and co-Director of the MSc in Global Health and Development at UCL’s Institute for Global Health. He has led and worked within research projects in urban and rural Australia, the UK, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Southern Sudan and Uganda where he was based between 2007 and 2013.

He has a PhD from UCL’s Institute for Global Health, an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Melbourne.

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