The JITSUVAX External Advisory Board

External Ethics and Scientific Advisory Board (EAB)

The EAB provides an independent angle on the research, giving critical analysis and suggestions throughout the project. They act as a consultation body for the JITSUVAX consortium and their feedback is critical to the success of the project. Their expertise and experience will provide JITSUVAX with meaningful insights into the interests and views of their stakeholder communities. The members of the EAB will be strategically involved in key stages of JITSUVAX, ensuring that the needs of the stakeholders are at the forefront and paving the way for the effective uptake of the results.

Dr Robb Butler is a social scientist and public health promotion adviser and is Executive Director of WHO/Europe where between 2014 and 2018, he led the vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation programme. His areas of experience and knowledge include behavioural/community insight methodology and social science interventions for public health. He is based in Copenhagen.

Dr Alberto Giubilini is a Senior Research Fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease based in England. He has a PhD in Philosophy and has published on different topics in bioethics and philosophy, including the ethics of vaccination, procreative choices, end of life decisions, organ donations, conscientious objection in healthcare, the concept of conscience, human enhancement, and the role of intuitions and of moral disgust in ethical arguments.

Dr Lianne Straus is a Screening and Immunisations Manager within Public Health England and NHS England and Improvement. She is part of a team that commissions and oversees vaccination programmes that are part of the routine NHS immunisation schedule. She is based in the South West of England where her team works with providers across the region to improve vaccination uptake.

Dr Tanvi Rai is a senior mixed methods researcher with a PhD in public health. She is a co-applicant and researcher on an ESRC-funded project exploring the experiences of people and families affected by Covid-19, with a focus on how the pandemic has worsened existing social and health inequalities as well as leading a project exploring decision-making about infant feeding among mothers and birthing parents living with HIV in the UK. She has expertise in recruitment of participants who are ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. She is based in the UK.

Dr Angus Thomson is Senior Social Scientist: Demand for Immunization, in the Health Section, UNICEF HQ, and is based in Lyon. He is also Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, USA. He is currently developing a global Social Listening & Engagement program that aims to understand and address disinformation and concerns related to COVID-19 and immunisation in both digital and non-digital social networks.