Dr Esther Dusabe-Richards

Dr Esther Dusabe-Richards

Research Fellow in Applied Health Research

0113 343 1443

Summary: Qualitative research in health; International health; Applied health research; Gender equity; Long-term conditions; Older people's health; Osteoarthritis

Location: 2.24 Baines Wing


I have more than a decade of experience in organising, conducting and leading qualitative research in international development and health, including a PhD focused on reproductive health rights and religion in post-independence Timor-Leste. My thesis investigated the role of the Catholic Church in influencing decision-making in relation to reproductive and sexual health and involved carrying out extensive participant observation and in-depth interviews with more than 80 research participants from many backgrounds. Following completion of my PhD in 2011 I joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a post-doctoral research associate.

During 6 years as part of LSTM's Gender and Health Group I was involved in a number of short and long term research projects in international health, working in a variety of countries, including China, Uganda and Tanzania. These projects focused largely on improvement of health systems, through investigation of social drivers of disease, service uptake and use, psychosocial aspects of patient wellbeing and health workforce factors. As well as a focus on gender, I developed an interest in the ways in which age and gender can intersect to create distinctive challenges for different age groups, such as adolescents and older people. 

I joined University of Leeds' School of Healthcare in 2017 to focus on UK-based applied health research. In my current role I am using my experience of working in long-term conditions such as HIV as well as my interest in older people to develop an intervention on peer mentoring for self-management of Osteoarthritis among over 55s.