Our Team

Dr Rachel Jordan 


Reader in Epidemiology and Primary Care

Dr Rachel Jordan is a Reader in Epidemiology & Primary Care. Her research focuses mainly on the early diagnosis, management and prognosis of COPD in the primary care setting. She has successfully led several NIHR-funded programmes including a £2.4m programme grant (the Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies) and a £2m Global Health Research Group grant (Breathe Well) building capacity in four low- and middle-income countries to conduct research on COPD prevention, diagnosis and management in the primary care setting. Rachel is a member of the research leadership team and immediate past chair of the research committee of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG), and the College Academic Lead for Global Health Research. 


Professor Justine Davies


Professor of Global Health Research

Professor Justine Davies' aim is to do research that informs development of health systems that deliver quality care in lower- or middle-income countries. All of her research aims to answer a policy relevant question and she often works with policy makers, including the WHO.  Specialty areas of interest are conditions that require surgery to treat, injuries, and cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors. All of these specialty areas require a joined-up health system that provides good quality care. Professor Davies is the lead of the Institute for Global Innovation’s Ageing Frailty, and Resilience theme. She also is the co-PI of the NIHR funded Global Health Group – Equi-Injury.


Dr Alexandra Enocson


Dr Alexandra Enocson is the Programme manager of a four-year NIHR funded grant; Rwanda912: Use of an innovative electronic communications platform to improve pre-hospital transport of injured people in Rwanda, as well as other global health projects.

Alex also managed Breathe Well, an NIHR-funded Global Health programme, in the Institute of Applied Health Research and the Birmingham Lung Improvement StudieS (BLISS) programme, which is a series of connected research studies about COPD, funded by an NIHR five-year programme grant. The overall aim of the programme is to evaluate new ways of better identifying and managing patients with COPD in the community. She is a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RRT) with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management, MPH and PhD in Respiratory Epidemiology.  


Dr Holly Smith

MDS Research Development Manager

Research Support and Development Advisor

Senior Research Facilitator at University of Birmingham


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Professor Tracy Roberts

Director of Global Engagement

Professor of Health Economics and Head of Unit

Professor Tracy Roberts is Director of Global Engagement, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Professor of Health Economics and Head of the Health Economics Unit. In addition to these roles at the University of Birmingham, Tracy is an Honorary Professor of Health Economics at the University of Keele.

Tracy has specific research interests in the area of economic evaluation and is particularly interested in testing and screening programmes. Clinical areas of interest include sexual health, obstetrics and gynaecology, women’s health and breast cancer. She is also interested in outcome valuation for use in economic evaluation in these clinical specialties with particular interest in the utilities and dis-utilities of screening and overdiagnosis.Tracy has a wide range of applied research publications in these areas and has been a successful health economic applicant to both the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment (NCCHTA) on numerous grant applications.