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Dr Megan Clinch, BA MA PhD


Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Society

Centre: Primary Care and Public Health

Telephone: 020 7882 5876


Megan has a background in social anthropology and completed her PhD at the BIOS Centre LSE. She has conducted research at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, the Faculty of Social Science at the Open University, and undertaken a visiting postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Global Public Health Unit and coordinator of the BSc Global Health.


In addition to coordinating the BSc Global health, Megan teaches the first year undergraduate module ‘Society, Medicine and Health’ and the iBSc/MSc module ‘Evidence, Policy and Global Health’.


Research Interests:

She is currently engaged in a number of research projects that explore how different forms of investigation, experimentality, evidence, and evaluation are understood and negotiated in the development of complex public health and primary care interventions. This includes conducting and reflecting on qualitative evaluations for primary care and public health providers and engagement with local academic and health system initiatives that seek to include the residents of east London in the development and delivery of health care and disease prevention programmes.

Drawing on her interest in the politics and practice of evidence Megan is also currently part of project called ‘Test Sites’ that is led by the London based curatorial organisation Arts Catalyst. Test Sites consists of a series of co-inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – and their impact on local culture and the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and ourselves. Megan is working with Arts Catalyst as part of a co-inquiry based in the Calder Valley in Yorkshire that focuses on water governance in relation to health, wellbeing and the resilience of communities and ecologies.




Clinch, M., Shaw, S., Ashcroft, R., Swinglehurst, D., 2018. Liminality in practice: A case study in life sciences research. BioSocieties.

Motzkau J.F, Clinch M.L Managing suspended transition in medicine and law: Liminal hotspots as resources for change. Theory and Psychology 27(2):270-289 05 Apr 2017

Greenhalgh T, Clinch M, Afsar N, Choudhury Y, Sudra R, Campbell-Richards D, Claydon A, Hitman GA, Hanson P, Finer S.  Socio-cultural influences on the behaviour of South Asian women with diabetes in pregnancy: qualitative study using a multi-level theoretical approach. BMC Med. 2015 May 21;13:120. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0360-1.

Clinch M, Benson J. Making information 'relevant': general practitioner judgments and the production of patient involvement. Soc Sci Med. 2013 Nov;96:104-11. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.07.034. Epub 2013 Aug 8.

Cohn S, Clinch M, Bunn C, Stronge P. Entangled complexity: why complex interventions are just not complicated enough. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2013 Jan;18(1):40-3. doi: 10.1258/jhsrp.2012.012036.

Crockett RA, Sutton S, Walter FM, Clinch M, Marteau TM, Benson J. Impact on decisions to start or continue medicines of providing information to patients about possible benefits and/or harms: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Med Decis Making. 2011 Sep-Oct;31(5):767-77. doi: 10.1177/0272989X11400420. Epub 2011 Mar 29. Review.