Dr Ana Manzano
- Position: Associate Professor in Public Policy
- Areas of expertise: evaluation of health care policy and practice; realist evaluation; social research methods; decision-making in healthcare; multiple sclerosis; health crime; international health; organ donation
- Email: A.Manzano@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 1290
- Location: 11.20 Social Sciences Building
- Website: https://crimson.leeds.ac.uk/ | Twitter | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
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
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)
- PhD in Sociology & Social Policy
- BA (Hons)
- European Evaluation Society
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.