OHSCAR researchers

Professor Mike English


Professor Mike English leads the Health Services Unit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. This unit aims to strengthen equality in access to affordable quality health care in Africa. Studies are based on health systems clustered around five main topics: malaria, service delivery & access, information for decision making, governance and financing.

Professor English leads efforts to develop multidisciplinary links with Oxford through the Oxford Health Systems Research Collaboration (OHSCAR).



Dr Jacob McKnight


Jacob McKnight is a post-doctoral researcher with an interest in health systems and reform. After working for Medecins Sans Frontieres, he completed a PhD at Said Business School focused on hospital management in Ethiopia. He used organisational and marketing theory to provide new perspectives on public health problems. Jacob will lead the ethnographic element of the Nairobi Newborn Study.



Dr Meghan Leaver


Dr Leaver is a postdoctoral researcher in health systems with an interest in quality and patient safety outcomes. Her research is concerned with organizational aspects of performance in complex and dynamic organizations, specifically the human factors that underpin performance in the healthcare domain. This work draws on context driven behaviours that underlie human error, organizational resilience and influence team performance. Her research adopts human factors approaches to measure and better understand how safety and quality improvement become embedded into practice and what drives the acceptance of best evidence and behaviour change within high-risk organizations in low- and middle- income settings.


Dr Chris Paton


Chris is a Clinical Researcher in the field of health informatics. He is currently researching the role of Open Source Electronic Health Records systems for improving healthcare in developing countries. Chris is the founder of the Health Informatics Forum, a professional education and networking website for health informaticians, and is the vice-chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Social Media Working Group

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Mr Steven Adala


Steven Adala currently works with the Health Systems Research theme area (HSR) of KWTRP, as the Communications Officer. His work involves liaising with the communication team in Oxford to promote the visibility of the HSR activities in Kenya among the Oxford academic community. He has over 5 years’ experience in designing and implementing communication strategies and programmes. He previously worked with at the Ministry of Health, National AIDs & STIs Control Program (NASCOP) in various dockets from data management to I.T. systems administrator.