Gill Black is a researcher and community engagement practitioner. Gill has a background in TB and HIV immunology with extensive involvement in vaccine trials and biomarker research. Her international experience as a field-based medical scientist, and interactions with research participants in diverse settings, catalysed Gill’s transition from bioscience to social science. She is currently based at the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation in Cape Town, an NGO which she co-founded in 2010. As leader of health participation research at SLF, Gill works to engage people living in townships and informal settlements about the public health issues and medical research activities that most affect their lives. Gill has gained experience in a range of participatory visual research methods including digital storytelling, applied theatre, photovoice and collaborative video. She has worked with these methods in multiple action research projects and has become increasingly interested in the ethics of visual approaches to engagement and research. Gill joined the Resilience Empowerment and Advocacy in Women and Children’s Research (REACH) project in April 2017 as a consultant in the use of participatory visual methods for health science research.

Gill Black