Jennifer Roest

Jennifer Roest


Research fellow in ethics and maternal and child health

Jennifer is a research fellow in ethics and maternal and child health at the Ethox Centre. She is developing, supporting and coordinating the qualitative research for REACH – a Wellcome Trust funded project looking at resilience, empowerment and advocacy in Women's and Children's Health Research in Kenya, South Africa and Thailand. Alongside, she is carrying out research on the broader theme of ethics and health improvement for women and children in low-income countries across Ethox's Global Health Bioethics Network.

Jennifer joined Ethox in 2017 from Young Lives - a longitudinal study of childhood poverty at the Oxford Department for International Development, where her research focused on themes of gender, inequality, youth and adolescence. She has recently published on topics of child marriage, sexual and reproductive health and young people's gendered trajectories through adolescence and is currently engaged in further study of marriage and fertility decision-making amongst adolescents in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India.  She has an MSc in Development Administration and Planning from UCL's Development Planning Unit and a BA in Philosophy from UEA. In the past, she has conducted/coordinated qualitative field research in India, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Moldova and across the UK.