Dr Joanna Reynolds PhD MSc


The University of Sheffield
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA    

Email:  Joanna.reynolds@sheffield.ac.uk


I am an Honorary Research Fellow with ScHARR, in the Public Health Section and sitting with the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group since 2017. I am also an Assistant Professor in Social Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. I have disciplinary backgrounds in social anthropology and public health.

I am currently working as part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research, exploring the processes and practices of public health practitioners' engagement with alcohol licensing in local authorities in England. This is a mixed-methods study, using institutional ethnography, observations, focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews, alongside a survey, to capture an in-depth picture of the complexities of alcohol licensing work for public health.

Previous research has included my doctoral study of conceptualisations and enactments of ‘community’ in an area-based, empowerment programme, to inform approaches for evaluating complex community interventions. I have also conducted research with the Gates Foundation-funded ACT Consortium, evaluation health system interventions to improve malaria diagnosis and treatment.

My research interests are multiple and varied, but typically centre on approaches to understanding, evaluating and improving policy and system-level initiatives to improve health and reduce inequalities. My current interests lie in local alcohol policy, community engagement mechanisms, and questions of ‘scale’ in evaluation, as well as developing ethnographic approaches for evaluation.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising Research Students in topics relating to local alcohol policy, community engagement and empowerment, evaluation methods for ‘complex’ interventions, and for research using qualitative methods.

Key Publications

Reynolds, J. (2017). "Boundary work: understanding enactments of ‘community’ in an area-based, empowerment initiative." Critical Public Health Online first: 4th September 2017.

Reynolds, J. (2016). "‘Missing out’: Reflections on the positioning of ethnographic research within an evaluative framing." Ethnography Online first: 17 August 2016.

Reynolds, J, M. Egan, A. Renedo and M. Petticrew (2015). "Conceptualising the ‘community’ as a recipient of money – A critical literature review, and implications for health and inequalities." Social Science & Medicine 143: 88-97.

Reynolds, J, et al. (2014). "The practice of 'doing' evaluation: Lessons learned from nine complex intervention trials in action." Implementation Science 9(1): 75.