Congratulations to Ageing & Society alumna Megan Acton for being appointed Project Officer for the International Federation on Ageing in Toronto!


GHSM alumna Megan Acton

Megan Acton, who graduated last month with an MA in Ageing and Society has just been appointed as Project Officer for the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), based in Toronto. The IFA’s vision is a ‘world of healthy people whose rights are both protected and respected.’ The Project Officer position plays a central role in working with individuals, organizations and academia across the globe by supporting their engagement to promote programs, services and policy to improve the quality of life of older people.

Megan said that her master’s degree at King’s College London immensely allowed her to gain this role, due to the multidisciplinary taught courses, dissertation on age-friendly cities (supervised by Professor Anthea Tinker), and internship module for Public Health England’s Older People Team. She looks forward to beginning her role as a Project Officer for the IFA and is thankful her experience at King’s College London has helped to get her there.

For info about the Ageing & Society MA click here:

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Mark your diary! February 27th London Critical Global Health Seminar “The politics and pragmatics of evaluation: deciding, demonstrating and transferring the value of global health practice “

The politics and pragmatics of evaluation: deciding, demonstrating and transferring the value of global health practice | Speakers: Heather McMullen (QMUL), Mark Petticrew (LSHTM) and Audrey Prost (LSHTM) | Chair: Dave McCoy (QMUL)


When: 4-6 pm, 27 February 2018

Where: Lower Meeting Room, London International Centre for Development, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

According to the evaluation anthropologist Mary Odell-Butler ‘Evaluation is a scientific endeavour conducted for the purpose of describing the worth, value, and/or effectiveness of some activity directed to serving a human need or solving a human problem.’ Evaluation is a core component of global health and the practice of purchasing or contracting out services – it enables providers, beneficiaries and funders to articulate the effectiveness of, often complex and deeply situated, health projects and programmes. Therefore, evaluation is also a mechanism though which the income of non-governmental health providers is decided.

However, demonstrating and transferring the value and effectiveness of such projects and programmes can be tricky. Value and effectiveness often mean different things to those who design/deliver health programmes, those who fund them and those who are supposed to benefit from them. Moreover, such diverse interpretations of value and effectiveness are often associated with different methods and languages of measurement and valuation. In this sense practices of evaluation provide a means of exploring tensions that underpin the political, ethical and epistemological dimensions of global public health practice.

In this seminar we will bring together three global health scholars and practitioners to reflect on their experience of project and programme evaluation. In doing so we will attempt to map out common themes associated with evaluation and possible directions for a programme of research focused on evaluation activity.

The London Critical Global Health Seminars: Organised by King’s College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with the London International Development Centre, the London Critical Global Health Seminars bring together critically-minded social scientists, public health experts and practitioners together to debate key areas of concern for global health today and reflect on how these should be approached and explored. The seminars are organised as a platform for social scientists working in the field to present and reflect on their current and planned research in discussion with the chair-discussant and the audience. More broadly, the aim of the series is to provide a forum to discuss emerging contradictions and frictions in global health research and policy as well as the challenges and opportunities these present to social scientific inquiry. Through open-ended and candid exchange on the experiences of working in the global health field, we seek to develop new avenues for critical thought in the social sciences and beyond. 

For further information, please contact one of the organisers: Dr Clare Chandler (, Dr Megan Clinch (, Dr Ann Kelly (, Dr Melissa Parker (, Dr John Manton ( and Dr David Reubi (

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GHSM Alumni Talk: Announcing Valentine’s Day Edition!

Blog post by Katya Baker, Student Experience Officer, School of Global Affairs

image003We have six wonderful speakers joining us this Valentine’s Day, and they’re here to talk about what they’re doing now and how they got there, and to answer your questions:

 Should you do more study after graduation, or go straight into work? Does your dissertation really matter, can it shape your career prospects? Is a graduate scheme worth it? Can you work whilst studying? What’s the point of doing an unpaid internship? When should you start applying for jobs for after graduation? Should you do a PhD? Can you still get a job or into graduate school without a first? How do you find a job, where do you even begin to look? Charity vs commercial vs public sector? Is getting work experience earlier better, when should you start? And, have you used anything you learnt?!

Here are our speakers, ready to tackle all those queries:

Lydia Joiner, a graduate of the Global Health and Social Medicine BSc, who is a successful candidate of the Civil Service Fast Stream and currently working for the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Lydia swooped the awards at graduation for top marks and also for best dissertation – an ethnographical study in Liberia, where she spent six weeks and came back with 80,000 words worth of field notes. Lydia worked and volunteered throughout her degree as a youth worker and as a “whatever charities need” worker.

Emma Maun, a graduate of the Ageing and Society MSc, has over a decade of international humanitarian work experience. Currently doing her MPhil and PhD in our department, Emma has previously worked for the British Red Cross (in South Asia), the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Burma and China) and the British Council. Emma has had a non-traditional path into postgraduate study, and actually worked for these incredible organisations before doing her masters!

Sumayya Allam, a graduate of the MSc in Gerontology, is currently working for the British Medical Association at a policy advice and support officer. Previously, she was with the Pensions Policy Institute as a policy researcher. Sumayya is an example of someone who went straight from their undergraduate, to their postgraduate, to a very cool and adult job as a researcher! She’ll be able to talk us through a more linear approach to a career plan.

Quitterie de la Villemarque, a graduate of the Global Health and Social Medicine BA, went straight into postgraduate study and is currently doing her masters in Social Policy and Development: NGOs (MSc) at the LSE. Quitterie worked during the summers at refugee camps: first in Morocco, and then twice in Greece. Working in Ritsona Refugee Camp with the NGO I AM YOU (who she still does advocacy work for) really informed the masters programme that she’s on.

 Kristin Clawson, a graduate of the Global Health and Social Medicine BA, is a successful candidate of the graduate scheme Charity Works, and through the scheme is currently working for Terence Higgins Trust. Through the degree Kristin also worked for the Patients Association as a policy, campaign and research intern. Kristin also completed the last year of the long distance, so if you’ve been thinking of moving out of London and don’t know how to balance that, she can talk you through it.

 Yu Ting Chen, a graduate of the Global Health and Social Medicine BSc, is our special guest! Currently working as a research assistant in the public health school of the National University of Singapore, Yu Ting has made us a video of what her work life is currently like, and she gives some wonderful and very candid advice. Yu Ting, as an international student, found it difficult to find work in the UK despite checking the boxes for grades and internships (for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Taiwanese National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) – in her video she talks through her experience of finding graduate employment, and gives some much needed sympathy to those in their last year of study!

 What makes it Valentine’s Day edition? There will be cakes, cookies and love hearts for you all! Come spend your afternoon with us, ask all the questions you like to email me (but this time to people who can answer them especially well!), and leave the event feeling hopeful and happy. Whilst not everyone’s programme of study could be represented by our speakers, I do hope that you attend anyway – they have a range of life and work experiences, lots of opinions, and do represent a variety of possible futures.

 The event should appear on your timetables soon, and in the meantime you can read up on the speakers and say you’re attending through this link:

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Seminar postponement

Due to the strike taking place on Wednesday 28 February, we regret that the seminar  ‘The Urban Brain’ by Professor Nikolas Rose will be rescheduled. A later date will be announced soon. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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New grant awarded to GHSM Professor Anthea Tinker in collaboration with LSHTM on ‘Growing old in a new town’

Addressing the needs of older people in relation to the places where they live is one of the urgent public health issues of our time. We are delighted to announce that Professor Anthea Tinker, Institute of Gerontology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine has obtained a collaborative London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/KCL grant  for a new project which will address this issue.  Her fellow PI is Professor Alex Mold of the LSHTM.


Professor Anthea Tinker

The new project, ‘Growing old in a new town’, will explore ageing in urban environments by focusing on how the health needs of older people are incorporated within the design and planning of ‘new’ towns. New towns were constructed across the UK during the post 1945 period to house overspill from London and other major urban areas.Much of the interest in this topic has looked to the future, but what can we learn from the past and the present?  Building on work that has considered the importance of whole town approaches, this project will consider what is peculiar about ‘new’ towns and ‘old’ people, and how this has changed over time and place.  This multifaceted issue requires a multidisciplinary approach. This project will analyse this topic from a historical, anthropological, sociological and geographical perspective.

A cross-disciplinary team of researchers from LSHTM and Kings includes a historian (Professor Alex Mold); a gerontologist (Professor Anthea Tinker); a geographer (Dr Clare Herrick, KCL); and an anthropologist (Dr Sarah Milton, LSHTM).  A shared mode of working that draws on our different disciplinary expertise will enable us to explore this urgent issue from a range of perspectives.

The grant is for 6 months and is for £14,930.60

For inquiries and to contact Professor Anthea Tinker:

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