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Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor
Dr Michelle Taylor
Senior Research Fellow, DiaDev
1.01 21 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 6504081
Research Interests
Global Health, International development, Control of neglected zoonotic and tropical diseases, diagnostics, drug discovery and development, Development aid, Evidence


I am a social scientist with dual interests in the fields of global health and development.  I am currently Senior Research Fellow on the ERC-funded project 'Investigating the Design and Use of Diagnostic Devices in Global Health’ (DiaDev, PI Dr Alice Street), leading the research theme on diagnostics to support disease elimination. The DiaDev project explores the emergent role that diagnostic devices are playing in the transformation of global health partnerships and national health systems in low and middle income countries. 

Previously, I was a Research Fellow on the ERC-funded Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation project at Edinburgh (INZI, PI Prof James Smith), where I led research themes on advocacy and funding for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and drug discovery and development for Human African Trypanosomiasis; I also contributed to the project-wide themes on One Health and disease elimination.

Earlier projects at Edinburgh have included a PhD (entitled ‘Prescribing Aid Coordination in Uganda’s Health Sector’), a systematic review of the evidence for the UK’s Department for International Development (entitled ‘The impact of aid on maternal and reproductive health’) and a consultancy for Oxfam America looking into the effectiveness of US foreign assistance to Rwanda.

Recent Publications

Taylor, E. M. (2020). NTD Diagnostics for Disease Elimination: A Review. Diagnostics (early online publication 5 June 2020). doi :10.3390/diagnostics10060375. 

Taylor, E. M. & Smith, J. (2020). Product Development Partnerships: Delivering innovation for the elimination of African Trypanosomiasis? Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease 5(1), 11.

Taylor, E. M. & Smith, J. (2018). Neglected Tropical Diseases: Indicators of Equity in the Post-2015 Health Agenda. IDS Bulletin 49 (2). doi: 10.19088/1968-2018.141.

Smith, J. & Taylor, E. M. (2016). What next for the NTDs in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals? PLoS NTDs 10 (7): e0004719.

Kingsley, P. & Taylor, E. M. (2016). One Health: Competing Perspectives in an Emerging Field. Parasitology (early online publication 28 Jan 2016). DOI: 10.1017/S0031182015001845

Smith, J., Taylor, E. M., & Kingsley, P. (2014). One World-One Health and Neglected Zoonotic Disease: Elimination, Emergence and Emergency in Uganda. Social Science & Medicine (early online publication). doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.044

Smith, J., & Taylor, E. M. (2013). MDGs and NTDs: Reshaping the Global Health Agenda. PLoS NTDs 7(12): e2529. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002529

Taylor, E. M., Hayman, R., Crawford, F., Jeffery, P., & Smith, J. (2013). The Impact of Official Development Aid on Maternal and Reproductive Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56271. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056271

Taylor, E. M., & Harper, I. (2013). The Politics and Anti-Politics of the Global Fund Experiment: Understanding Partnership and Bureaucratic Expansion in Uganda. Medical Anthropology. Available from: