Research Assistant

Division: Institute for Global Health and Development

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Nicole Vidal (PhD, MSc Res, MSc, BA) is a Research Assistant in the Institute for Global Health and Development.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

Nicole is a social anthropologist with interdisciplinary training in global health, medical anthropology and social policy. Her primary research interests include exploring ways to improve equitable health and health care among excluded and vulnerable groups, with particular emphasis on linking communities to health systems and improving the accessibility, acceptability and quality of maternal health services in low and middle income countries. Nicole’s doctoral research investigated the role of community health workers as frontline providers of maternal health services in indigenous communities of the Southern Highlands of Peru.  

Nicole’s research focuses on concerns for improving access to effective and equitable health care for excluded and vulnerable populations in low and middle income countries. She is currently involved in two projects at IGHD: 1) ReBUILD Consortium, an international partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID), which investigates the building of pro-poor health systems during recovery from conflict, and 2) Interventions to increase tuberculosis treatment adherence and improved treatment outcomes among specific hard-to-reach and vulnerable population groups in Riga, Latvia – a project funded by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and World Health Communication Associates (WHCA), in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Active Research Interests:

  • Health systems research, human resources for health, health and social policy in conflict-affected states, TB treatment accessibility, sexual and reproductive rights and health –with specialization in maternal health, health inequalities, indigenous rights and health

Research Methods:

  • Grounded theory, case study, ethnography, participatory action research, systematic literature review, process evaluation

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

ReBUILD Consortium: Research for building pro-poor health systems during the recovery from conflict. ReBUILD is an international partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID).

Interventions to increase TB treatment adherence and improved treatment outcomes among specific hard-to-reach and vulnerable population groups in Riga, Latvia. Funded by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

As a visiting lecturer at IGHD, Nicole has contributed to teaching sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, gender and global health, global health and development research methods, social development policy and practice, and social justice.