Cai Heath

MSci (hons), MSc

Project Manager, REACH

  • Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Ethics & Humanities

Cai joined the Ethox Centre in January 2017 as the Project Manager of the REACH study. The Resilience, Empowerment and Advocacy in Women’s and Children’s Health Research (REACH) Project is a Wellcome Trust-funded study investigating gaps in research ethics guidance for those working with vulnerable populations and improving support for responsible research with women, children and families. Cai’s role is to coordinate the study across the three international sites in Kenya, South Africa and Thailand, working with the research team to design, plan and implement the study.

Joining Ethox from Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development, Cai spent over five years in total working on capacity building programmes and operational research for governments in a range of African and Asian countries to support evidence-based school-based health programmes. He holds an undergraduate master’s degree in Physics and a postgraduate master's degree in International Development, specialising in sustainable aid management; both from the University of Birmingham.

Cai has worked, volunteered and researched extensively in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, India, Nepal and Kenya over the past decade as well as engaging in shorter project work in Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda. In the United Kingdom he has also worked as a Research Project Coordinator at Oxford University's Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and is the chair of the trustee board for InterVol, an international development and volunteering charity.