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Dr Shobhana Nagraj

Dr Shobhana Nagraj

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design, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions

Using normalisation process theory to explore mHealth implementation

Shobhana Nagraj


Clinical Researcher

Dr Shobhana (Shobi) Nagraj is a post-doctoral Clinical Researcher in the Health Systems Collaborative group within the NDM Centre for Global Health Research, working in the fields of Health Systems research and Implementation Science, with a focus on maternal child health. 

During her time as a clinician and medical educator, Shobi has worked closely with rural communities and Community Health Care Workers in low-resource settings globally.  She is passionate about delivering high-quality, universal health services to women and children, that meet the needs of the communities and end-users.  Shobi’s research focuses on the use of theory in the design, development and implementation of complex interventions (including mobile technologies) to support the healthcare workforce in low-resource settings.  She is interested in how complex innovations can be designed to facilitate implementation and sustainability within the health system and the communities they serve.  

She is a Course Director for the Oxford University Global Surgery Course, and leads the Global Surgery day on the International Health & Tropical Medicine Masters course at the University of Oxford.  Shobi has reviewed grants for the MRC, Research Council of Norway, and is part of the NIHR Global Health Community of Practice on Community Engagement & Involvement.  Shobi works closely with local organisations in Oxfordshire around issues of childhood nutrition. 

Her research interests include: Global surgery, global children’s health, human-centred design, implementation of complex innovations in low-resource settings, and health professionals’ education.

Ongoing work:

  • Working together with the Leo & Mia Foundation to address the issue of preterm birth globally
  • Working together with the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust on NHS workforce issues and quality improvement initiatives.