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Tanvi Rai

BSc, BA, MPH, PhD


Health Researcher

I am a mixed methods researcher with a PhD in public health. I joined the department in 2018 to help develop an intervention to enable people who have experienced a stroke or TIA to measure their blood pressure at home (The BP:Together study). Being keen to reflect UK stroke demographics in our sample, I used multiple community-based approaches (in addition to recruitment through primary care) to recruit participants who were ethnically and socioeconomically diverse (with success). In 2019, I conducted a qualitative interview study with chief investigators of large, multi-site RCTs funded by the NIHR exploring how they choose their research sites. This work was commissioned by the NIHR to explore ways to enable more research to be conducted in areas of greatest patient need.

I am currently working on an ESRC-funded project exploring the experiences of people and families affected by Covid-19, with a focus on how the pandemic has worsened existing social and health inequalities. From February 2021, I will lead a NIHR RfPB-funded project exploring decision-making about infant feeding among women living with HIV in the UK. I am a tutor on the Oxford Qualitative Courses. 

Previously I was a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College studying the experiences of people living with HIV in London, in light of changing guidelines for HIV care and the clinical transformation of HIV from a degenerative and fatal infection to a chronic condition. 

I completed my PhD in 2013 at Imperial College London. My thesis investigated the relationship between labour migration and HIV in India and how it changes over the life course of migrant families, using qualitative and quantitative methods.