Dr Emilie VenablesQualitative Research Focal Point
Institution: Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Current Insitution Location: South Africa
Phone Number: 0799354558
70 Fox Street, Johannesburg
Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I have been working in the field of migration for over 15 years, and have worked in a variety of countries including Senegal, Mozambique, Malawi, Liberia, Cambodia, South Africa and more recently in Europe. My areas of expertise include HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, key populations, violence, and torture as well as qualitative research methodologies. My Ph.D., completed in 2009, focused on sex-work and migration in and beyond Senegal and included two years of independent ethnographic fieldwork in Senegal.
I have worked for MSF since 2012, and am currently responsible for MSF’s (Operational Centre Brussels) qualitative research profile, and much of my work is focussed on migrant and refugee health. A large part of my role is turning research into policy and practice change: examples of this include research findings being used to train Italian health-care workers on identifying survivors of torture; adapting health promotion messages to reach seasonal forest workers in rural Cambodia and implementing relevant HIV/AIDS prevention programmes for migrant sex-workers in Mozambique and Malawi.
In addition to conducting fieldwork in a wide range of contexts, I also train and support other researchers in the field of migrant health. In 2018 I coordinated the ‘MIGRATE-IT’ operational research workshop (as part of the WHO SORT-IT workshops) in which participants from across Europe and Africa developed research protocols on various issues relating to migration. I am currently supervising students with data collection and they will return for the second module of the course to write up their findings for publication in May 2019. I also designed and continue to coordinate an annual qualitative research SORT IT course to mentor junior researchers in research protocol development, data collection and analysis, and publication writing.
I also teach annually at the University of Edinburgh and hold a joint appointment in the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I have been based in South Africa for over a decade but travel frequently with MSF to conduct field visits, support researchers and teach on research courses. In 2018, I participated in the WHO Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health in Palermo, Sicily.
Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Asylum seekers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Humanitarian entrants/ Refugee resettlement programs (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Patient mobility across borders (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Seasonal farm workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
General Research Focus/Expertise:
Health promotion/ Health education
Humanitarian health interventions
Sexual and reproductive health
Violence and health
|Title||Author||Year Published||Link to Publication|
|Exploring Bodies in Southern and Eastern Africa||Venables E. and L. Manderson||2015||View|
|‘Leaving no one behind’: reflections on the design of community-based HIV prevention for migrants in Johannesburg ’s inner-city hostels and informal settlements||Scorgie, F. Vearey, J., Oliff, M., Stadler, J., Venables, E. et al.||2017||View|
|‘I could not join because I had to work for pay.’: A qualitative evaluation of falciparum malaria pro-active case detection in three rural Cambodian villages||Taffon P, Rossi G, Kindermans J-M , Van den Bergh R , Nguon C, Debackere M, Vernaeve L, De Smet M and E Venables||2018||View|
|“My mind is not like before”: Psychosocial rehabilitation of victims of torture in Athens||Womersley G, Kloetzer L, Van den Bergh R, Venables E, Severy N, Gkionakis N, Popontopoulou C, Kokkiniotis M and F Zamatto||2018||View|
|“I feel like I am less than other people”: Health-related vulnerabilities of male migrants travelling alone on their journey to Europe||Arsenijevic J, Burtscher D, Ponthieu A, Severy S, Contenta A, Moissaing S, Argenziano S, Zamatto F, Zachariah R, Ali E and E Venables||2018||View|