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Dr Sara Ronzi PhD, MSc (Distinction), BSc (hons), AFHEA

Postdoctoral Research Associate Public Health and Policy


Personal Statement

In October 2018, I joined the NIHR Global Health Research Group (CLEAN-Air(Africa) as the participatory research and public engagament lead.
Prior to joining the CLEAN-Air programme, I have worked as a Lecturer of the Master of Public Health (online and on campus programmes) based at the University of Liverpool.

I am passionate about public health and reducing health inequalities. My main research interests include participatory research and visual methods; public engagement; interventions to reduce exposure to household air pollution (HAP) from solid fuel use e.g. strategies to advance clean cooking fuels (such as LPG) in low-middle income countries (LMICs); application of complex systems approach in the development and evaluation of public health interventions; ageing; and age-friendly environments.

My interest in the environmental determinants of health started since my PhD (2013-2016). In fact, my PhD was focused on the evaluation of population-wide interventions to influence the environmental determinants of health (the WHO Age-Friendly Cities initiative in Liverpool and UK cities). During this evaluation, I applied innovative qualitative methods (photovoice) to engage with older people and city stakeholders in exploring respect and social inclusion in the urban context. I also conducted a systematic review looking at the effectiveness and pathways to health impact of initiatives promoting social inclusion in older people. This work and the expertise that I have developed has led to further research on applying photovoice methods in LMICs, as a part of the LPG Adoption in Cameroon Evaluation Studies. This study engaged community members living in South-West Cameroon in exploring factors influencing LPG uptake for cooking and in finding solutions to overcome some of the barriers identified. Photovoice, with the photographic exhibition event, has showed to be a great tool to enable participants to present their views to key stakeholders in an innovative and engaging format, and link with policy makers.

My commitment to continued professional development regarding under- and post-graduate teaching was recognised with the award of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Association status (2018).

Personal Distinctions

  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Public Engagement Award (2nd place) (University of Liverpool 2018)
  • Exploring barriers and practical solutions for the uptake and use of clean cooking through photovoice methods: the LPG Adoption in Cameroon Evaluation (LACE) studies. (Invitation to Speak, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon 2018)
  • Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (The Higher Education Academy 2018)
  • Winner Best Paper in Heart 2016 Award (Heart BMJ 2017)
  • Chair of the Early Career Researchers (ECR) Subcommittee (Society for Social Medicine 2016)
  • Most commended for the University Staff Award 'Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement' (University of Liverpool 2016)
  • Using photo-voice methods to engage older people and city stakeholders in exploring respect and social inclusion in the city of Liverpool, UK (Invitation to Speak, NIHR SPHR Researchers Event, Newcastle University 2016)
  • Photographic exhibition event, the Museum of Liverpool ‘What is important to me as an older person?’ Exploring older people’s perceptions of respect and social inclusion in Liverpool City (71 attendees) (Invitation to Speak, University of Liverpool 2015)
  • Chair-elect of the Early Career Researchers (ECR) Subcommittee (Society for Social Medicine 2015)
  • Best poster prize winner (session A) - Society for Social Medicine conference (Prize, Society for Social Medicine 2015)
  • Best conference presentation - PGR conference, Liverpool (Prize, University of Liverpool 2014)

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