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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Megan Clinch, BA MA PhD


Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Society

Centre: Centre for Public Health & Policy

Telephone: + 44 (0) 20 7882 5876


I am a Social Anthropologist, and undertook my doctoral research at the BIOS Centre, London School of Economics. I have 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.

I am currently the lead of the Global Public Health and Policy Unit, which delivers an intercalating and postgraduate Global Public Health degree and burgeoning programme of research and scholarship.  I am also the Public Advisory Panel lead, a theme that crosscuts all Wolfson Institute of Population Health (WIPH) activity. In this role I am working with colleagues from across the WIPH, QMUL and local stakeholders to co-design a strategy for socially engaged research and teaching that aims to tackle health inequalities across East London.


Research Interests:

My research focuses on developing methodologies for the collective and equitable production of public health knowledge. This entails critical engagement with practices of co-production and public involvement in research, including the development of community-based climate and flood adaptation measures. Through this interest I have developed several projects in which I collaborate with socially engaged arts practitioners and members of the public to co-produce knowledge that seeks to act on complex public health challenges.

I am currently a Co-Investigator on the UK Climate Resilience Programme project Mobilising Adaptation: Governance of Infrastructure through Co-Production (MAGIC) and the NIHR funded AI Multiply study. In AI Multiply I am working with Professor Deborah Swinglehurst to understand how clinical researchers, data scientists, social scientists and members of the public negotiate their knowledge when collaborating on the development of a clinical AI (artificial intelligence) technology. I am also continuing to produce art based research out-puts arising from the Wellcome and Arts Council funded project Test Sites: Calder Valley with the artist Ruth Levene.

Together these activities provide a way for me to explore how different forms of investigation, evidence, and evaluation are negotiated in the development of complex multi-stakeholder public health interventions. These research interests inform how I approach my collaborations with local stake holders from East London that aim to tackle local health inequalities.


Please click through to see a complete list of Megan's publications.

Featured publications

Clinch, M., 2021. Environmental stewardship in austere times: nurturing sustainable socio-ecological relations. Critical Public Health 31, 245–254.

Levene, R., Clinch, M., 2021, Towards a Common Waters Policy (artwork and book).

Clinch, M., Shaw, S., Ashcroft, R., Swinglehurst, D., 2019. Liminality in practice: A case study in life sciences research. BioSocieties 14, 251–273.

Motzkau, J.F., Clinch, M., 2017. Managing suspended transition in medicine and law: Liminal hotspots as resources for change. Theory & Psychology 27, 270–289.

Greenhalgh, T., Clinch, M., Afsar, N., Choudhury, Y., Sudra, R., Campbell-Richards, D., Claydon, A., Hitman, G.A., Hanson, P., Finer, S., 2015. Socio-cultural influences on the behaviour of South Asian women with diabetes in pregnancy: qualitative study using a multi-level theoretical approach. BMC Medicine 13, 120.


Austin Plunkett (1st supervisor): Quality Improvement by Dissemination of Computer-Assisted Evidence Summaries, start date 2019.

Sara Calderón (2nd supervisor): Could social prescribing contribute to type 2 diabetes prevention in populations at high risk?, start date 2019.

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