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Professor Catherine (Sassy) Molyneux

Professor Catherine (Sassy) Molyneux

Podcast interview

Professor Sassy Molyneux's main interests reside in Social science and Ethics in Public Health. Over the years, social scientists have developed a programme of empirical work on research ethics. This work is based on an understanding that while the ethics of human subjects research may be universal, there can be big differences across contexts and circumstances in key ethical issues or principles.

Catherine (Sassy) Molyneux

Associate Professor

Social and Behavioural Research

Sassy Molyneux is an Associate Professor employed by Oxford University, UK, based at the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya.  She is a behavioural scientist, with a background in human geography.  Her current main research interests include health system finance and governance, household treatment-seeking behaviour and affordability of health care, responsiveness of health systems to user and population priorities and concerns, and research ethics.  Cross-cutting areas of interest include:

  • producing new thinking, evidence and recommendations around vulnerability and agency among research participants and communities, and researchers responsibilities in these contexts; and b)
  • initiatives aimed at strengthening accountability processes in biomedical research and health delivery in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Sassy also supports strategic planning around ethical issues that emerge during research across the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust programme in Kenya, and contributes to social science, health systems research and research ethics training at the centre and internationally.

Current research projects:

  • Co-applicant and country lead on a Wellcome Trust funded research consortium on vulnerability and agency among women and children in LMIC research (REACH). 
  • Co-applicant and theme lead on a DFID funded consortium: Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RESYST).
  • Co-applicant and country manager on a programme to build capacity in global health research ethics and community engagement across the Wellcome Programmes. See Global Health Bioethics
  • Co-applicant and consortium representative on a Partnership to foster gender and ethics analysis in health systems research and practice across the three Department for International Development (DFID) funded Research Programme Consortia (RPC) on health systems (FHS, REBUILD, RESYST). See Research in Gender and Ethics
  • Co-applicant on a funding initiative to strengthen global Health Systems Research Capacity across relevant departments in Oxford and Kenya (OHSCAR). See Crossing Boundaries in Kenya and NDM in Kenya


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