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Staff Profile

Professor Laetitia Rispel

QualificationsBSc(Cur), PG Dip, BScHons, MSc(Med), PhD
Phone 0117172043
Organisational Unit School of Public Health
ORCID 0000-0001-7806-6331



I have over 30 years combined experience of research, teaching, public health, executive management, and health leadership. My research expertise is broadly in public health, and specifically in health policy and systems research (HPSR), with 92 publications (peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, editorials and non-peer-reviewed or popular articles) in this HPSR field. In the last decade, I have served on high level Health Ministerial committees and have provided expert technical support for health sector transformation efforts in South Africa, ranging from an analysis of the overall performance of the health system to designing an early warning system for quality of care. My teaching philosophy has been influenced by the adult education theory of Paulo Freire. I continue to use adult education principles and creative teaching approaches with students. Currently, I supervise six PhD students, two MPH students, and one Master’s by research. I have extensive experience in organisational development and change management, in addition to my formal management and leadership qualifications. I am one of a few academics with an intimate knowledge and experience of transforming health systems in sub-Saharan Africa-gained both as the former head of the Gauteng Health Department, as previous executive director of a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) research programme, and participation in national and international boards.