Jo Sartori is based at the Institute of Applied Health with a remit to develop and provide senior management to a portfolio of high quality, competitively funded global health research projects which aim to improve the lives of vulnerable people in low and middle income countries. Current projects include the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums and the NIHR RIGHT project on Transforming the Treatment and Prevention of Leprosy and Buruli ulcers in LMICs. In 2020 Jo re-joined the University of Birmingham from in the University of Warwick where she set up and managed the successful Warwick Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery (W-CAHRD).
Jo’s research interests include urban health, water and sanitation, access to and quality of health services, leprosy and other skin stigmatising diseases.
Previously, she worked as the Head of Programme Delivery for the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands (CLAHRC WM). Since graduating from the University of Manchester in 2007 with a BA in Economics and Social Science degree (majoring in politics and sociology), Jo has held a variety of public sector roles such as Knowledge, Communications and Engagement Manager and Programme Manager at NIHR CLAHRC for Birmingham & Black Country, supporting organisations in the West Midlands to apply for European Funding and the programme management of a £6.8million regional portfolio of health and wellbeing projects funded by the BIG Lottery. In 2013, Jo managed and coordinated the successful £30million application for NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands, which included collaborative working with three Universities and over 15 NHS organisations and Local Authorities.