Katrina Lawson


Katrina Lawson


Grants and Communications Manager



Katrina is the Grants and Communications Manager at Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU). She is based in HCMC, Vietnam, and supports internal and external communications and policy engagement for the unit, which has campuses in HCMC and Hanoi in Vietnam, Kathmandu in Nepal and Jakarta in Indonesia. Katrina started working in research management more than 13 years ago at Auckland UniServices Ltd – which manages all contract research and commercialization for the University of Auckland. She first came to work as Grants Manager at OUCRU in Vietnam in 2011 where she established OUCRU’s grants service, before leaving to work at KAUST in Saudi Arabia as a Senior Pre-Award Grants Administrator (2014-2016). She returned to OUCRU in 2016.

In order to strengthen OUCRU’s capacity to communicate and engage with the policy community, Katrina has led an iniative to build a team of skilled policy engagement and communications staff at OUCRU. This work is partially funded by her Wellcome Trust grant: Establishing systemic policy engagement at OUCRU: a pilot project.  Under Katrina’s leadership, the communications and policy team also contribute to a number of strategic projects at OUCRU including: the LEAF study (PI: Bridget Wills, to investigate the legal and ethical frameworks that would need to be in place to support controlled human infection studies in Vietnam), a major initiative towards developing and implementing affordable technology solutions for intensive care unit in LMICs, and the OUCRU core 10-year project to have local, regional and global impact on health by leading a locally driven research programme on infectious diseases in Southeast Asia.

Katrina manages the Facebook group: Southeast Asian Research Managers, which provides an online community for more than 120 Research Managers working in the under-resourced countries of Southeast Asia. She also contributes to global research management and communication projects such as the Indian Research Management Initiative, and the ESSENCE initiative on Health Research.

Katrina has strong relationships with Wellcome Trust as a key funder, including being a member of the Wellcome Policy Network, and Wellcome Communications Forum. Katrina is committed to developing the capacity for research management and research uptake in Vietnam and regionally in Southeast Asia.