Ms Jo Sartori

Ms Jo Sartori

Institute of Applied Health Research
Programme Manager – Global Health Research

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jo Sartori is an experienced programme manager with a speciality in research development and international stakeholder relations and engagement. In recent years Jo has developed and managed a large portfolio of global health projects worth over £30million such as the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums. Jo works with Professor Richard Lilford, CBE and other academics in the Institute of Applied Health Research who have an interest international research to improve the populations of developing countries.   

Jo also contributes to the research programme and has co-authored a number of articles in the field of global health such as a series of two articles in the Lancet on the health of people living in slums in developing countries.


BA Hons Economics and Social Sciences 2007, University of Manchester


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.



  1. Watson SI, Sartori J, Uthman O, Lilford RJ. Health effects of sanitation facilities: A Bayesian semi-parametric analysis of compositional data. J R Stat Soc Ser C Appl Stat. 2019. doi: 10.1111/rssc.12339. [ePub].
  2. Lilford RJ, Kyobutungi C, Ndugwa R, Sartori J, Watson SI, Sliuzas R, Kuffer M, Hofer TP, Porto de Albuquerque JP, Ezeh A. Because space matters: Conceptual framework to help distinguish slum from non-slum urban areas. BMJ Global Health 2019; 4:e001267. 
  3. Taylor C, Plowright A, Davies D, Sartori J, Hundt G, Lilford RJ. Formative evaluation of a training intervention for community health workers in South Africa: a before and after study. PLOS One. 2018; 13(9): e0202817
  4. Ezeh A, Oyebode O, Satterthwaite D, Chen YF, Ndugwa R, Sartori J, Mberu B, Melendez-Torres GJ, Haregu T, Watson SI, Caiaffa W, Capon W, Lilford RJ. The history, geography and sociology of slums and the health problems of people who live in slums. Lancet. 2017;389(10068):547-558
  5. Lilford RJ, Oyebode O, Satterthwaite D, Chen YF, Mberu B, Watson SI, Sartori J, Ndugwa R, Caiaffa W, Melendez-Torres GJ, Haregu T, Capon A, Saith A, Ezeh A. Improving the Health and Welfare of People who Live in Slums. Lancet. 2017;389(10068):559-570 

[The above two articles were the subject of an Editorial in the Lancet. 2016;388:2057and the series was also the subject of an article written for ‘The Conversation’ in 2016:]