Dr Runa Lazzarino


Dr Runa Lazzarino
NameDr Runa Lazzarino
Job titleResearch Fellow in Migration and Health
Research institute
Primary appointmentLaw and Social Sciences
Email addressR.Lazzarino@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4206-4913
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

I am a socio-cultural and medical anthropologist. I have expertise in critical, transcultural and global (mental) health, in relation to vulnerable migrants/minorities and to advanced technologies. I co-lead theory-based studies in health care and human mobility to deliver user-centred, impactful research. With specialised expertise in migrant, digital, and mental health, I strive to critically and creatively connect users’ experiences with structural factors of inequalities and social determinants to improve policies, service provision, and EDI.

Currently, I am a fellow co-leading the North London team in an AHRC project tackling refugee and migrant health exclusion with creative methods. I am also a consultant for an NHS ICS co-produced research on the role of cultural competence in addressing mental health inequalities. Previously, I was the principal researcher in a NIHR study on the human factors around digital systems - which entailed ethnographic work in secondary care - and in a participatory, multi-country UKRI study on gender migration in the Global South (Gender, Justice, and Security HUB). 

I am known internationally for my research in post-trafficking experiences and social/mental health care services. I have been involved in research projects on vulnerable migrants' and refugees' mental health, cultural competence in nursing care, socially assistive robots and other advanced technology in healthcare, spiritual care needs during major health disasters, creative health and creative, participatory methods for health inclusion, and computerised clinical decision support systems. I have published widely in these same fields for international journals such as Social Theory and Health; BMJOpen; Medicine, Anthropology, Theory; and Journal of Research in Nursing. In addition to several book chapters, I also recently co-edited the volume Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: The Victim Journey (Policy Press/Bristol University Press, 2022).

I obtained my Ph.D. with a multi-stakeholder and multi-country ethnography concentrating on post-trafficking recovery and humanitarian assistance. I subsequently held post-doc posts at the University of Oxford, UCL, the University of Nottingham, and Middlesex University London, while being an honorary fellow of St Mary's University and acting as a research consultant. 

Together with investigating advanced technologies in healthcare, my research interests include global (mental) health; inclusive digital health; socio-cultural/gender norms, discourses and structural determinants of health(care); creative and somatic expression as means of research and healing. Excelling in anthropological ethnography, I have expanded my expertise in qualitative research at large, within mix-method studies, and with participatory/co-produced and creative/multimodal methodologies within the framework of policy-oriented and impactful research. Theoretically, my viewpoint is attentive to power/agency, subjectivity, intersectionality, post-colonialism and feminism, and epistemology in medical anthropology and social theory. 

Regional expertise: Southeast Asia (Northern Vietnam), Lusophone South America (Central West Brazil), South Asia (Nepal and Northern India), and the UK. 

I have wide ranging research collaborations with international multidisciplinary scientists at various institutions in the UK and abroad. I am a reviewer for several journals, including Qualitative Research, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Societies, and for the UKRI. 

Education and qualifications

Grants

Projects

  • Co-creating asset and place-based approaches to tackling refugee and migrant health exclusion
  • Gendered Dynamics of International Labour Migration
  • SB/ZA/101010662/521124

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Gendered dynamics of international labour migration: migrant women working in Pakistan

Lazzarino, R., Kofman, E. and Kapadia, S. 2024. Gendered dynamics of international labour migration: migrant women working in Pakistan. London The Gender, Justice and Security Hub. https://doi.org/10.60528/112z87

Views about perceived training needs of health care professionals in relation to socially assistive robots: an international online survey

Papadopoulos, I., Koulouglioti, C., Lazzarino, R., Ali, S., Wright, S., Martin-Garcia, A., Oter-Quintana, C., Kouta, C., Rousou, E., Papp, K., Krepinska, R., Tothova, V., Malliarou, M., Apostolara, P., Lesinska-Sawicka, M., Nagorska, M., Liskova, M., Nortvedt, L., Alpers, L. -M, Biglete-Pangilinan, S., Oconer-Rubiano, M. F., Chaisetsampun, W., Ghassemi, A. -E., Jafarjalal, E., Zorba, A., Kuckert-Wostheinrich, A., Malla, R., Toda, T., Wichit, N., Akman, O., Oztuerk, C., Puvimanasinghe, T., Ziaian, T., Eldar-Regev, O. and Nissim, S. 2023. Views about perceived training needs of health care professionals in relation to socially assistive robots: an international online survey. Contemporary Nurse: Healthcare Across the Lifespan. 59 (4-5), pp. 344-361. https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2023.2238095

Lived experiences of migrant and refugee parents: challenges encountered during their journey and settlement in Europe

Rousou, E., Apostolara, P., Papadopoulos, R., Kalokairinou, A., Sakellaraki, O., Velonaki, V., Dudau, V., Kuckert, A., Lazzarino, R., Licciardello, O., Mauceri, M., Pezzella, A. and Kouta, C. 2023. Lived experiences of migrant and refugee parents: challenges encountered during their journey and settlement in Europe. https://doi.org/https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4480888

Earbuds, smartphones, and music. Spiritual care and existential changes in COVID-19 times

Lazzarino, R. and Papadopoulos, R. 2023. Earbuds, smartphones, and music. Spiritual care and existential changes in COVID-19 times. Social Theory & Health. 21 (3), pp. 247-266. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41285-022-00192-6

Socially assistive robots in health and social care: Acceptance and cultural factors. Results from an exploratory international online survey

Papadopoulos, R., Wright, S., Koulouglioti, C., Ali, S., Lazzarino, R., Martín‐García, Á., Oter‐Quintana, C., Kouta, C., Rousou, E., Papp, K., Krepinska, R., Tothova, V., Malliarou, M., Apostolara, P., Lesińska‐Sawicka, M., Nagorska, M., Liskova, M., Nortvedt, L., Alpers, L., Biglete‐Pangilinan, S., Oconer‐Rubiano, M., Chaisetsampun, W., Wichit, N., Ghassemi, A., Jafarjalal, E., Zorba, A., Kuckert‐Wöstheinrich, A., Malla, R., Toda, T., Akman, Ö., Öztürk, C., Puvimanasinghe, T., Ziaian, T., Eldar‐Regev, O. and Nissim, S. 2023. Socially assistive robots in health and social care: Acceptance and cultural factors. Results from an exploratory international online survey. Japan Journal of Nursing Science. 20 (2). https://doi.org/10.1111/jjns.12523

Empowering the migrant and refugee family's parenting skills: a literature review

Kouta, C., Velonaki, V., Lazzarino, R., Rousou, E., Apostolara, P., Doru, A., Dudau, V., Kalokairinou, A., Licciardello, O., Mauceri, M., Nikolaidou, E., Pezzella, A., Samartzi, C., Kuckert-Wöstheinrich, A. and Papadopoulos, R. 2022. Empowering the migrant and refugee family's parenting skills: a literature review. Journal of Community Health Research. 11 (4), pp. 337-348. https://doi.org/10.18502/jchr.v11i4.11735

Gendered dynamics of international labour migration: migrant women in Greater Beirut, Lebanon

Bechtold, H., Chaya, C., Maydaa, C., Kofman, E., Tuncer, E. and Lazzarino, R. 2022. Gendered dynamics of international labour migration: migrant women in Greater Beirut, Lebanon. London, UK The Gender, Justice and Security Hub. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.25110.01600

Towards a national strategy for the provision of spiritual care during major health disasters: a qualitative study

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Koulouglioti, C., Ali, S. and Wright, S. 2022. Towards a national strategy for the provision of spiritual care during major health disasters: a qualitative study. The International Journal of Health Planning and Management. 37 (4), pp. 1990-2006. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpm.3443

Empowering refugee families in transit: the development of a culturally competent and compassionate training and support package

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Sakellaraki, O., Dadãu, V., Apostolara, P., Kuckert-Wöstheinrich, A., Mauceri, M. and Kouta, C. 2022. Empowering refugee families in transit: the development of a culturally competent and compassionate training and support package. Journal of Research in Nursing. 27 (3), pp. 200-214. https://doi.org/10.1177/17449871211018736

Enactment of compassionate leadership by nursing and midwifery managers: results from an international online survey

Papadopoulos, R., Wright, S., Lazzarino, R., Koulouglioti, C., Aagard, M., Akman, Ö., Alpers, L., Apostolara, P., Araneda, J., Biglete-Pangilinan, S., Eldar-Regev, O., González-Gil, M., Kouta, C., Krepinska, R., Lesińska-Sawicka, M., Liskova, M., Lopez-Diaz, L., Malliarou, M., Martín-García, Á., Muñoz-Salinas, M., Nagórska, M., Ngunyulu, R., Nissim, S., Nortvedt, L., Oconer-Rubiano, F., Oter-Quintana, C., Öztürk, C., Papp, K., Piratoba-Hernandez, B., Rousou, E., Tolentino-Diaz, M., Tothova, V. and Zorba, A. 2022. Enactment of compassionate leadership by nursing and midwifery managers: results from an international online survey. BMJ Leader. 6 (3), pp. 186-191. https://doi.org/10.1136/leader-2020-000385

Correction to: Spiritual support during COVID-19 in England: a scoping study of online sources. Journal of Religion and Health. ISSN 0022-4197

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Wright, S., Ellis Logan, P. and Koulouglioti, C. 2021. Correction to: Spiritual support during COVID-19 in England: a scoping study of online sources. Journal of Religion and Health. ISSN 0022-4197. Cham, Switzerland Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01274-x

Being There’ in COVID-19 times: new spiritual support practices, their meaning and consequences to our cultural and existential values

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Wright, S., Ellis Logan, P. and Koulouglioti, C. 2021. Being There’ in COVID-19 times: new spiritual support practices, their meaning and consequences to our cultural and existential values. Religion and the COVID-19 Pandemic: mediating presence in distance. Online via Zoom, organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University Singapore 29 - 30 Apr 2021

The importance of being a compassionate leader: the views of nursing and midwifery managers from around the world

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Koulouglioti, C., Aagard, M., Akman, Ö., Alpers, L., Apostolara, P., Araneda-Bernal, J., Biglete-Pangilinan, S., Eldar-Regev, O., González-Gil, T., Kouta, C., Krepinska, R., Lesińska-Sawicka, M., Liskova, M., Lopez-Diaz, A., Malliarou, M., Martín-García, Á., Muñoz-Solinas, M., Nagórska, M., Ngunyulu, R., Nissim, S., Nortvedt, L., Oconer-Rubiano, M., Oter-Quintana, C., Öztürk, C., Papp, K., Piratoba-Hernandez, B., Rousou, E., Tolentino-Diaz, M., Tothova, V. and Zorba, A. 2021. The importance of being a compassionate leader: the views of nursing and midwifery managers from around the world. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 32 (6), pp. 765-777. https://doi.org/10.1177/10436596211008214

Spiritual support during COVID-19 in England: a scoping study of online sources

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Wright, S., Ellis Logan, P. and Koulouglioti, C. 2021. Spiritual support during COVID-19 in England: a scoping study of online sources. Journal of Religion and Health. 60 (4), pp. 2209-2230. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01254-1

Spiritual care for patients with Covid-19: are we ready this time around?

Papadopoulos, R., Koulouglioti, C., Lazzarino, R., Wright, S. and Ellis Logan, P. 2020. Spiritual care for patients with Covid-19: are we ready this time around? London, UK Nursing Times - Opinion.

Spiritual support for hospitalised COVID-19 patients during March to May 2020, 106 pages

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Wright, S., Logan Ellis, P. and Koulouglioti, C. Spiritual support for hospitalised COVID-19 patients during March to May 2020, 106 pages. London, UK Research Center for Transcultural Studies in Health, Middlesex University, London, UK. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.10785.02409

A systematic review of the literature regarding socially assistive robots in pre-tertiary education

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Miah, S., Weaver, T., Thomas, B. and Koulouglioti, C. 2020. A systematic review of the literature regarding socially assistive robots in pre-tertiary education. Computers and Education. 155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2020.103924

Obstacles to compassion-giving among nursing and midwifery managers: an international study

Papadopoulos, R., Lazzarino, R., Koulouglioti, C., Aagard, M., Akman, Ö., Alpers, L., Apostolara, P., Araneda Bernal, J., Biglete‐Pangilinan, S., Eldar‐Regev, O., González‐Gil, M., Kouta, C., Krepinska, R., Lesińska‐Sawicka, M., Liskova, M., Lopez‐Diaz, A., Malliarou, M., Martín‐García, Á., Muñoz‐Salinas, M., Nagórska, M., Ngunyulu, R., Nissim, S., Nortvedt, L., Oconer‐Rubiano, M., Oter‐Quintana, C., Öztürk, C., Papp, K., Piratoba‐Hernandez, B., Rousou, E., Tolentino‐Diaz, M., Tothova, V. and Zorba, A. 2020. Obstacles to compassion-giving among nursing and midwifery managers: an international study. International Nursing Review. 67 (4), pp. 453-465. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12611

Enablers and barriers to the implementation of socially assistive humanoid robots in health and social care: a systematic review

Papadopoulos, R., Koulouglioti, C., Lazzarino, R. and Ali, S. 2020. Enablers and barriers to the implementation of socially assistive humanoid robots in health and social care: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 10 (1), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033096
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