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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Mackayla Forde, BSc (Hons) MSc Global Health Law and Governance


LISS-DTP PhD Candidate

Centre: Centre for Public Health & Policy



I am a Black woman of dual heritage, Mother, Poet and LISS-DTP PhD candidate based at Queen Mary University’s Global Public Health Unit at the Wolfson Institute of Population Health. My qualitative study utilises Poetic Enquiry alongside traditional qualitative research methods to investigate Black women’s health experiences during the first wave of the CoVid-19 pandemic in the UK. I have an MSc in Global Health Law and Governance from QMUL, and have completed an undergraduate degree in Public Health and Health Promotion.

My PhD is being supervised by Dr Jennifer Randall, Senior Lecturer in the Global Public Health Centre at the Centre for Public Health & Policy, and Dr Eugene Richardson, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, USA. I’m most interested in qualitative research which centres Black women as producers and qualifiers of knowledge, and in health research underpinned by Black Feminist Epistemologies.


Research Interests:

  • Decolonial research methods
  • Black Feminist Epistemology
  • Afrofuturism
  • Drug Policy Reform
  • Black women’s health
  • Poetic Enquiry
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