Dr Ana Manzano

Dr Ana Manzano


I am an applied social scientist working mostly with healthcare disciplines bringing methodological expertise in the research of complex healthcare issues, policies and interventions. 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 works 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.


  • Deputy Director Postgraduate Research Studies

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 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:

CRIMSON https://crimson.leeds.ac.uk/ 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 http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/691/research/1882/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

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


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

Professional memberships

  • European Evaluation Society

Student education

I am currently module leader for the Level 2 module Health and Society; and co-lead (with Dr Joanne Greenhalgh ) the Policy and Programme Evaluation module as Masters level.

In the MA I also teach in the modules Researching Society & Culture and Understanding Society and Culture.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice

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>