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Janelle Wagnild

Assistant Professor (Research)

Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Anthropology
Fellow of the Durham Research Methods Centre


About me

I have worked in the Department of Anthropology at Durham since 2019, first as a Teaching Fellow (2019-2020) and Postdoctoral Research Associate (2019-2023) before being promoted to Assistant Professor (Research) in 2023.

My current project, led by Prof Kate Hampshire and funded by the World Health Organization, is a mixed-methods evaluation of the WHO’s risk communication campaign on substandard and falsified medicines in sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda).

In my previous postdoctoral position (2019-2022), I did the statistical analysis for a wide range of projects under the supervision of Prof Adetayo Kasim. I was trial statistician for four randomized controlled trials (single-site, multi-site, cluster-randomized, and feasibility/pilot) and led the analysis of multi-country survey data commissioned by the WHO. I also led the processing, analysis and interpretation of accelerometry data collected within two clinical trials, and led/contributed to the synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence in four systematic reviews.

I was awarded my PhD in 2019 for a thesis entitled 'Sedentary time during pregnancy and gestational diabetes risk: a mixed methods approach among women in the UK'. The main aim of the project, which was funded by the Durham Doctoral Studentship, was to test associations between objectively measured sedentary time during pregnancy, as well as time spent in two specific sedentary behaviours (television time and occupational sitting time) with incident gestational diabetes, glucose levels, and other pregnancy-related outcomes. The study also used semi-structured interviews to explore the social context of sedentary time during pregnancy. 

Prior to beginning my PhD, I completed an MSc Evolutionary Medicine with Distinction in 2015, also at Durham University. I earned my undergraduate degree in Applied Human Biology from Seattle Pacific University in 2013.

Research interests

  • Advanced quantitative methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Accelerometry
  • Sedentary time
  • Physical activity
  • Medical anthropology


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