Having moved from Imperial College London in 2018, Dr Hargreaves is a Lecturer in Global Health at the Institute for Infection and Immunity. Her research explores the influence that the migration process has on an individual’s health and health outcomes, with a focus on infection, and on rethinking approaches to delivering health, screening, and vaccination services to migrant populations. She previously worked overseas with Médecins Sans Frontières in tuberculosis control programmes in Nigeria, Russia, and Central Asia.
Dr Hargreaves was awarded an NIHR Advanced Fellowship in 2019 to explore approaches to catch-up vaccination in migrants and was previously Wellcome-funded in the area of labour migration and health. She is a Commissioner for the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, whose high-profile research has sought to drive global policy-making in this area to ensure migration is healthy for all. She is a Consultant for the World Health Organization, and the Research Lead for the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Study Group for Infections in Travellers and Migrants (ESGITM).
Dr Hargreaves is leading a group of researchers focusing on rethinking approaches to the delivery of infectious diseases screening and catch-up vaccination to recently arrived migrants to the UK and European region, to ensure health systems are more responsive to their health needs. She is working with Public Health England to better engage under-immunised migrants in UK primary care, and to assess levels of under-immunisation in migrants and their role in outbreaks. In addition, her research is exploring the effectiveness of screening programmes in migrants for key infections, including active and latent TB, with the aim of better understanding the barriers and facilitators to mainstream health care experienced by migrants. She has a specific interest in the health of international labour migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, and undocumented migrants.
Lecturer, MSc Global Health course
Lecturer, St George's Summer School
Primary and co-supervisor for PhD students and MSc students