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Dr Carlos A Torres Vitolas
MER Advisor: Social Science

Carlos holds a PhD in Sociology and MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His expertise lies at the interface between rural development and public health. He has conducted research into the links between community forest management, food security, and quality of life in South America and Africa. At SCI, Carlos examines socio-cultural determinants affecting uptake of treatment among rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. He also leads the development of monitoring approaches to oversee community-based sensitisation activities and behavioural-change strategies to improve treatment uptake. In addition to large scale health and demographic and socio-economic surveys, he has implemented focus groups and interviews, participatory methodologies (e.g. seasonal calendars), and creative exercises (e.g. children’s drawings) with a variety of audiences, from indigenous populations to policymakers.

Read Carlos’ most recent research article: Behaviour change interventions for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis: A systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries

Dr Carlos A Torres Vitolas MER Advisor: Social Science