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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Louise Tomkow

Thesis title

'Forced migration and long-term health'


This mixed methods study focuses on the long-term effects of forced migration on health. Qualitative data collection is taking the form of in-depth interviews with older asylum seekers and refugees in the Greater Manchester area; here associations between life-events and health are being explored. Quantitative analysis will involve the interrogation of health databases to compare the health of forced migrants to their native age- and gender-matched counterparts.


Research interests

  • Migration and health
  • Structural inequalities and health

Teaching interests

  • Global health
  • Migration and health

Professional background

Louise is a medical doctor with nine years' postgraduate experience in the profession. She has subspecialised in Geriatric Medicine, enjoying the holistic and wide-ranging practice this speciality encourages. She has an interest in health inequalities. She has spent time working in Malawi and India and has a MA with distinction in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response. Additionally, Louise works as a volunteer Medico-Legal Report writer for Freedom from Torture and is an active is part of Medact Manchester, group of healthcare professionals who campaign on issues of social justice.

Previous Education

  • MA (Dist) Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, The University of Manchester
  • MBChB (Hons), University of Liverpool

Why I’m doing a PhD at HCRI

The HCRI is a warm, dynamic and forward thinking interdisciplinary institute. As a PhD researcher it offered the chance to expand my exploration of the social sciences and qualitative research in a supportive and stimulating environment.

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