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Sara Ronzi

Post-doctoral launching fellow

Places & communities programme, Health inequalities theme

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Sara.Ronzi@lshtm.ac.uk

Research Projects

Workstream A: WP 1.2 Examining the effects, and cost-effectiveness, of place-centred strategies to improve health and reduce health inequalities: a systematic review.

Equal England: The SPHR Health Inequalities Knowledge Exchange Network

WP2 Health at the intersections: PPP priorities for action and barriers to embedding HI-related evidence into practice

Research Interests

Practice place-based public health strategies, social and environmental determinants of health and health inequalities, social inclusion, ageing, age-friendly cities, household air pollution and clean household energy in low-middle income countries. Methodological interests include community-based participatory research, visual research methods (e.g. photovoice), public and stakeholder involvement and engagement in research, systematic reviewing, and systems approaches to public health evaluation.

Sara's Academic Career Journey

Sara joined the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as a Research Fellow, and is part of Dr Egan’s and Prof Petticrew’s team. She has been awarded a NIHR SPHR post-doctoral launching fellowship. She also holds an Honorary appointment in the Department of Public Health, Policy, and Systems, University of Liverpool where she continues to actively collaborate with colleagues. She is passionate about public health and reducing health inequalities, and this is reflected across all areas of her education and experience to date.

PhD research

Her PhD was funded by the NIHR SPHR through the Liverpool and Lancaster Collaboration. It was part of the ‘Ageing Well programme’ and associated with the ‘Age-Friendly Cities (AFC)’ project (supervised by Prof Nigel Bruce, Prof Dan Pope and Dr Lois Orton). It focused on the evaluation of community-based interventions contributing to the AFC initiative in Liverpool and other UK cities. Sara conducted a comprehensive mixed-methods systematic review that provided evidence on (i) the effectiveness of interventions promoting respect and social inclusion among community-residing older people, and (ii) elucidated the complex pathways through which they may produce their effects. To address the crucial question of ‘How do older people most effectively make their voices heard?’, Sara conducted a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) using photovoice methods for exploring factors influencing older people’s respect and social inclusion in Liverpool and engaged with policy makers in the City. Photovoice is a research method which comprises participation, action and collaborative inquiry often employed as an advocacy tool to solve public health problems. By photographing community health issues and discussing these in groups, photovoice engaged participants in ‘seeing the world and transforming it’ (Wang & Burris, 1997). The photo-exhibition organised at the Museum of Liverpool served as a creative tool to convey participants’ views, and for engaging with local policy makers and service providers in discussing priorities for healthy ageing in Liverpool.

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EXPERIENCE

  • 2020
  • NIHR SPHR post-doctoral launching fellow
  • LSHTM
  • 2018
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Public Health, University of Liverpool
  • 2017
  • Lecturer Master of Public Health Programme
  • University of Liverpool
  • 2016
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Public Health, University of Liverpool
  • 2013
  • PhD in Public Health
  • University of Liverpool
  • 2012
  • MA Public Health & Health Promotion
  • London South Bank University
  • 2008
  • BSc Health Sciences
  • University of Cagliari

Useful Links

Institutional webpage: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/ronzi.sara

For latest publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sara_Ronzi

Twitter: @RonziSara

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