Gillian McKay, MScPH, RN is a Doctor of Public Health student at LSHTM. She uses anthropological methods to research family planning as a public health intervention in times of extreme risk to maternal health. She is a 2016 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, and was a Global Health Advisor with GOAL, an International Non-Governmental Organisation, until December 2016. Gillian's passion for humanitarian action has been demonstrated through work in South Sudan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Syria and Ethiopia. She approaches all her work with community empowerment, state capacity building and overall resilience approaches.
Gillian has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has previously researched mechanisms for organisational learning from emergencies, gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction strategies, and social and behaviour change interventions in epidemics.