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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Jennifer Randall, BSc MA PhD


Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health

Centre: Centre for Public Health & Policy



I am a critical medical anthropologist with a career spanning a range of higher education institutions in the UK, USA and China. Currently, I am the module lead of MSc Anthropology and Global Health and BSc Public Health in Practice, wherein I collaborate with approximately seven public health organisations across London each year. Anthropology, harm reduction and critical pedagogy underpin how and why I teach. I employ these principles to engage in critical, empathetic and reflective dialogue. I believe learning is not the transmission of information, but the transformation of identities. I invite students to reflect on why they live the life they lead, connect to new ideas, people, and disciplines, acknowledge their power to engage in change, and recognise that empathetic dialogue is key to solving the social issues we now face.

I hope to inspire students to engage in advocacy and activism. This is evidenced through a public health engagement project: SEEDS Sowing Empowering and Engaging Discussions on Substances. Students and alumni from across the globe launched 50 videos in 50 days (May 9th- June 26th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act). The aim was to “seed” conversations through the students’ personal and professional networks and help others access information and insights that advance our conversations about drug policy and harm reduction specifically, and health policy, social and racial justice broadly.

I love teaching and hope to elevate the importance of this profession, and share important reflections on a lifetime of learning and changing. My recent research and writing explore the importance of a critical pedagogy approach within the teaching of global health and its application to empowering education and health promotion. I love plants, glitter (biodegradable), and cooking for many.  I am a two-time Ironman triathlete and mother of two football-loving boys.


Research Interests:

  • Drug policy reform
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Transformative education
  • Health activism
  • Participatory action research
  • Maternal health and parenting


Daniel Nyato: HIV risk and access to services in Tanzania.

Olufunke Abike Ayorinde: Nigerian women’s experiences of motherhood in London.

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