Dr Ana Manzano

Dr Ana Manzano


I am an applied social scientist working mostly with healthcare disciplines bringing methodological expertise in the research and evaluation of complex public policy issues. I am interested in the relationship between research methods, evidence and policy making particularly at the health-social interface.

I worked in hospitals for 10 years before moving to academia. I love everything about hospitals: the smell, the food, the people who work there every day and especially, the people who use hospital services.

I am part of the pioneering research group (RAMESES II) developing methodological standards in realist evaluation methods.


  • Director Postgraduate Research Studies
  • Director Advanced Qualitative Research Methods Training (AQUALM) ESRC White Rose DTP

Research interests

My research has involved applying a range of social research methods to evaluate applied healthcare interventions. I collaborate with health professionals, other social scientists and health service researchers to develop evaluations of complex interventions using qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.

My past research has covered treatment decision-making in multiple sclerosis; an evaluation of a programme to improve maternal health in Nigeria; an evaluation of hospital discharge policy in the UK, learning disabilities user led quality measures/matrix in the NHS; organ donation policy, emergency mental health hospital admissions and developing reporting and quality standards in healthcare evaluation (RAMESES II study).

Current projects include:

  • RESPONSE Improving health systems responsiveness to neglected health needs of vulnerable groups in Ghana and Vietnam (Apr 2020 – Sept 2023) funded by MRC / DFID / Wellcome / ESRC.

  • CRIMSON Considering Risks and Benefits in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Selection. Designing a Discrete Choice Experiment and a Decision Aid funded by the UK MS Society

  • REVAMP A realist evaluation of community health workers programme improving maternal and child health in Nigeria. Five year study funded by the Medical Research Council

  • Evaluating the Impact of Global Digital Health Communities: The Case of Multiple Sclerosis. Study funded by the ESRC (Impact Acceleration) in collaboration with Shift.ms Co- investigators Dr Albert Varela and Dr Edward Webb (Academic Unit of Health Economics)

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  • PhD in Sociology & Social Policy
  • MA
  • BA (Hons)

Professional memberships

  • European Evaluation Society

Student education

I am currently co-lead (with Dr Joanne Greenhalgh) the Policy and Programme Evaluation module at Masters level.

Current Postgraduate Research Students

  • Mia Ford: Gender, intersectionality and chronic illness: The case of multiple sclerosis.
  • Karen Hardcastle-Rad: Understanding cisgender customer service providers’ negotiation of social and legal changes around the presence of gender diverse bodies in segregated public spaces.
  • Jonathan Hume: The construction and enforcement of 'normal' sleep.
  • Vanessa Jiménez Sánchez: Poverty and economic growth: proposing new social policies in Mexico.
  • Hanna Lee: Health inequalities and disabled people in South Korea: A mixed-method analysis.
  • Rebecca Simmons: Menopause, embodiment and femininity.

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>