Virginia Castellano Pleguezuelo

Virginia Castellano Pleguezuelo

  • Nationalestraat 155

    2000 Antwerp

    Belgium

  • Nationalestraat

    2000 Antwerpen

    Belgium

20212022

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I am a multidisciplinary professional with a background in Medical Physics and Public Health. I have combined experience in research, international development program management (NGOs and foundations), and as a consultant for international organisations. I have 14+ years of experience in more than 7 countries, including low- and middle-income countries. Fluent speaker of 3 languages (English, Spanish and French), and co-founder of 3 different social initiatives. I am an autonomous, accurate and creative professional heavily committed with social improvement.

In my PhD I am researching on how to deal with complexity in research and realist evaluation to produce useful evidence for both academic users and non-academic users of evidence. In one hand, I am investigating how realist evaluation deals with complexity, the methodological implications and what is the way forward. In the other hand, I am reviewing the literature and interviewing policy-makers and users of evidence to explore what useful evidence is for different users and how complexity influences the utility of evidence.

Methodologically, I am developing a realist evaluation of a 4-years’ multi-country maternal and child health project in sub-Saharan Africa (https://alert.ki.se/). I am also conducting a systematic literature review (on use of complexity evidence by policy-makers), a scoping literature review (on realist evaluations and complexity), and a critical review (on usefulness of evidence across fields). I am interviewing academic experts and non-academics decision-makers. I have previously designed and evaluated projects and programmes in public health in low- and middle-income countries.

I have university degrees in MPhys Medical Physics, MsC Public Health, MDip Education and Awareness Raising and MCert in Human Settlements in LMICs.

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PhD candidate

1-Jan-2021 → …

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