The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health


Dr Joanna Morrison

Jo Morrison has been based in Nepal for over 15 years, implementing, evaluating and advising on community-based interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Malawi, Niger and Thailand. Her research often focuses on gender imbalances and how these affect women’s access to health care, and health outcomes. She has examined the role of gender in a government policy to improve access to care through local recruitment of nurses, and is now examining how gender affects supervision of mid-level health workers in the context of her MRC health systems research grant in rural Nepal. Two of her current projects include researching child marriage, both self-initiated and arranged. She is interested in how to promote gender equity through female support networks of early-career researchers in low-income country research settings.

Selected Publications

Morrison, J., Colbourn, T., Budhathoki, B., Sen, A., Adhikari, D., Bamjan, J., . . . Groce, N. (2017). Disabled women's attendance at community women's groups in rural NepalHEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 32 (3), 464-474. doi:10.1093/heapro/dav099

Morrison, J. L., Dulal, S., Harris-Fry, H., Basnet, M., Sharma, N., Shrestha, B., . . . Saville, N. (2017). Formative qualitative research to develop community-based interventions addressing low birth weight in the plains of NepalPublic Health Nutrition.

King, C., MORRISON, J. L., osrin, D., & prost, A. (2017). The equity impact of community women’s groups to reduce neonatal mortality: a meta-analysis of four cluster randomized trialsInternational Journal Of Epidemiology. doi:10.1093/ije/dyx160

Saville, N., Bhim, S., Style, S., Harris-Fry, H., Beard, J., Sengupta, A., . . . Costello, A. (2016). Protocol of the Low Birth Weight South Asia Trial (LBWSAT), a cluster-randomised controlled trial testing impact on birth weight and infant nutrition of Participatory Learning and Action through women's groups, with and without unconditional transfers of fortified food or cash during pregnancy in NepalBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Houweling, T. A. J., Morrison, J., Alcock, G., Azad, K., Das, S., Hossen, M., . . . Costello, A. (2016). Reaching the poor with health interventions: programme-incidence analysis of seven randomised trials of women's groups to reduce newborn mortality in Asia and AfricaJOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 70 (1), 31-41. doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204685

Gram, L., Morrison, J., Sharma, N., Manandhar, D., Costello, A., Saville, N., & Skordis-Worrall, J. (2016). Validating an Agency-Based Tool for Measuring Women’s Empowerment in a Complex Public Health Trial in Rural NepalJournal of Human Development and Capabilities. doi:10.1080/19452829.2016.1251403

Fottrell, E., Osrin, D., Alcock, G., Azad, K., Bapat, U., Beard, J., . . . Prost, A. (2015). Cause-specific neonatal mortality: analysis of 3772 neonatal deaths in Nepal, Bangladesh, Malawi and IndiaARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD-FETAL AND NEONATAL EDITION, 100 (5), F439-F447. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-307636

Morrison, J., Basnet, M., Budhathoki, B., Adhikari, D., Tumbahangphe, K., Manandhar, D., . . . Groce, N. (2014). Disabled women׳s maternal and newborn health care in rural Nepal: a qualitative studyMidwifery, 30 (11), 1132-1139. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2014.03.012

Morrison, J., Thapa, R., Basnet, M., Budhathoki, B., Tumbahangphe, K., Manandhar, D., . . . Osrin, D. (2014). Exploring the first delay: a qualitative study of home deliveries in Makwanpur district NepalBMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 14, 89-?. doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-89

Houweling, T. A. J., Morrison, J., Alcock, G., Costello, A., Azad, K., Manandhar, D. S., . . . Tripathy, P. (2014). How to reach every newborn: three key messagesThe Lancet Global Health. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70271-2

Morrison, J. L., Batura, N., Thapa, R., Basnyat, R., & Skordis-worrall, J. (2014). Retention of nurses in rural Nepal: are short term contracts the answer?. Presented at: Health Services Research: evidence based practice. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-14-S2-P80

Prost,, A., Colbourn, T., Seward, N., Azad, K., Coomarasamy, A., Copas, A., . . . Costello, A. (2013). Women’s groups practising participatory learning and action to improve maternal and newborn health in low-resource settings: a systematic review and meta-analysisLancet, 381, 1736-1746.

Morrison, J., Thapa, R., Hartley, S., Osrin, D., Manandhar, M., Tumbahangphe, K., . . . Costello, A. (2010). Understanding how women's groups improve maternal and newborn health in Makwanpur, Nepal: a qualitative studyInternational Health, 2 (1), 25-35. doi:10.1016/j.inhe.2009.11.004