Chloe Brooks

Chloe Brooks


Chloe's PhD is a part of the Economic and Social Research Council/Arts and Humanities Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund 'The Big Picture' project led by the University of Leeds which focuses on understanding the lived experience of Indian young people around risk, recovery and resilience in relation to substance use and mental health. The goal is to increase knowledge, enhance the voice of young people, and to inform practice through impacting policy and promoting public awareness. Chloe joined the University of Leeds in October 2018 to begin her PhD, funded by the School of Psychology, aiming to create an in-depth understanding of the extent to which, and how, evidence informs policy and practice in Assam-level mental health policy-making. This will help to plan the public awareness and policy-directed activities of the wider ‘Big Picture’ project.  

Chloe started her academic career with a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. During her degree she undertook an internship with the Shiv Nadar Foundation in India, working on the  VidyaGyan initiative in Sitapur, a rural part of Uttar Pradesh, which is designed to identify and nurture gifted students from economically underprivileged rural backgrounds and transform them through high-quality education into future leaders. After graduating Chloe pursued her interests in global health further gained a Master's with Distinction from the University of Aberdeen in Global Health and Management. Her dissertation was on 'Community perspectives on HIV-related mortality in rural South Africa: A qualitative thematic analysis and Photovoice study'. As part of her Master's Chloe also completed a work-based placement with Naretu Girls and Women Empowerment programme, a Kenyan community-based organisation, producing a report entitled 'Reviewing action on female genital cutting in Scotland, UK'.

Subsequently, Chloe worked in policy for a year on the UK's Department for International Development (DfID) Graduate Development Scheme, where she was jointly based in the Health Services Team and the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Team. She then spent a year teaching English at the University of Khartoum through the Sudan Volunteer Programme. 

Research interests

Chloe's main research interests are health policy, global health and mental health. She focuses on qualitative methods to understand these topics. In particular, she is interested in understanding evidence-informed policymaking, with a focus on the topic of mental health, and the geographic location of India, and in Assam in particular. Her work is part of the ESRC/AHRC GCRF 'The Big Picture' project on Mental Health research in Assam, India (


  • MSc Global Health and Management
  • BA Biological Sciences

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences