Dr Mary Chambers, PhD.

Dr Mary Chambers

Head of Public and Community Engagement

Dr Mary Chambers has a PhD in mosquito transmission dynamics from University of Cambridge. Mary is now Head of Public and Community Engagement (PCE) at OUCRU, with the aims of creating dialogue about science in local communities and integrating community perspectives into OUCRU research studies. She manages a team of PCE staff in HCMC, Hanoi, Kathmandu and Jakarta.

Mary has a particular interest in using digital storytelling techniques to understand perceptions of local research communities, and has coordinated photo-elicitation and film projects about risk in small-scale farming practices, patient’s experiences after discharge from hospitals, health issues in vulnerable groups, and the experiences of altitude sickness in religious pilgrims in Nepal. Her team also works to build the communication capacity of local ‘front-line’ health workers and vets in Vietnam and Nepal.

The PCE team runs a school engagement programme in local schools in HCMC and Hanoi, with science clubs, online science competitions, and a weekly magazine page about science.

An example of public engagement projects that the school engagement programme team did is science theatre shows with scripts about enteric diseases, antibiotic resistance, and dengue transmission – these toured over 120 schools and were watched by over 100,000 children.



Developed a training programme for local scientists and clinicians registering for PhDs at universities in the UK.


Worked at a post-doctoral position at the Oxford University Clinical Research HCMC, Vietnam


Ragil Dien, Hana Krismawati, Ivon Ayomi, Diana Timoria, Mary Chambers, Hardyanto Soebono, Marlous L Grijsen
British Journal of Dermatology
March 3, 2023
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjd/ljad059
Nothando Ngwenya, Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil, Deborah Nyirenda, Mary Chambers, Phaikyeong Cheah, Janet Seeley, Primus Chi, Lindiwe Mafuleka, Busi Nkosi, Dorcas Kamuya, Alun Davies, Mira Schneiders, Noni Mumba, Siphephelo Dlamini, Vicki Marsh, Dinnah Rippon, Michael Parker, Sassy Molyneux.
Wellcome Open Res
February 10, 2022
DOI: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.17548.1
Giang Nguyen Quoc, My Nguyen Le Thao, An Bao, Ngoc Nguyen Anh, Vi Vu Thi Tuong, Diep Nguyen Thi Ngoc, Loc Phan, Thai Phan Minh, Thuy Lam Ngoc, An Nguyen Thanh, Thuan Nguyen Anh, Trang Nguyen Nguyen Nhu, Lan Nguyen Thi, Vy Nguyen Thuy Thanh, Hieu Nguyen Minh, Thuan Nguyen Minh, My Do Thuy An, Thong Nguyen Tri, Phung Tran Thi, Son Pham Hong, Ngoc Tran Thi, Anh Hoang Thai, Hanh Duong Thi My, Graham S Cooke, Mary Chambers, Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil
Front Public Health
February 9, 2022
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.795470
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