Ms Kiran Manku

Research Assistant for Research Strategy and Web Design, University of Oxford

Kiran supports the NeuroGenE team at the University of Oxford working on the methodology and research strategy for the projects. She contributes research to the stigma component of the NeuroGenE project, by carrying out systematic reviews, case studies, and collaborative research papers. In addition, Kiran supports the Africa Ethics Working Group in an administrative role and manages the grants for the project.

Kiran’s research interests include understanding different conceptualisations of disabilities, investigating factors that contribute to stigma, and evidence-based policy and practice in the field of disability and development. This encompasses many components including the streams of traditional healing, ritual healing, and modern biomedicine, all of which have implications on accessing health care. Her current research focuses on attitudes towards persons with mental health, neurodevelopmental, and neurological disorders. Kiran takes a multidisciplinary approach in her methodology intertwining development, psychology and anthropology. She has completed fieldwork in Kenya on attitudes and empathy towards persons with non-visible disabilities (e.g. psychosocial and intellectual disabilities), in comparison towards persons with visible disabilities (e.g. physical impairment). Kiran is in the process of publishing this work. She also has a passion for translating academic research to the policy and practice level to support action and real outcomes for persons with neurological disorders.

Kiran was awarded her Masters in International Development from the University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to this she completed her Bachelor degree in Psychology also at the University of Birmingham, with a year aboard in Anthropology at Universität Heidelberg, Germany.