Emma Pitchforth

Photo of Emma Pitchforth
Research Leader; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in public health, University of Aberdeen; B.Sc. (Hons) in health sciences, University of Aberdeen

Media Resources

This researcher is available for interviews.

To arrange an interview, contact the RAND Office of Media Relations at (310) 451-6913, or email media@rand.org.

More Experts


Emma Pitchforth is a research leader at RAND Europe and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include applying social science methods and perspectives to key issues concerning the provision and experience of health care. Pitchforth has focussed largely on quality of care and users' experiences of care in diverse health care settings. Her substantive areas of research include maternal and reproductive health, with broader interests in global public health and the effects of globalisation on health and health care. Using mixed methods approaches, she has worked in multidisciplinary teams and with clinical colleagues to ensure research is relevant and timely. In her previous post as Jamsetji Tata Senior Research Fellow at LSE Health, she had responsibility for developing health research in low and middle-income countries and take a leading role in a collaborative research programme with the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, aimed at addressing key health policy issues in India. Pitchforth has a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Aberdeen.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics & Political Science

Selected Publications

Pitchforth E, Lilford RJ, Kebede Y, Asres G, Stanford C, Frost J, "Assessing and understanding quality of care in a labour ward: a pilot study combining clinical and social science perspectives in Gondar, Ethiopia," Social Science & Medicine, 71:1739-1748, 2010

van Teijlingen E, Pitchforth E, "Rural maternity care: can we learn from Wal-mart?" Health & Place, 16:359-364, 2010

Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E, Watson V, Tucker JS, Kiger A, Ireland J, Farmer J, Rennie A-M, Gibb S, Martin E, Ryan M, "'Choice' and place of delivery: a qualitative study of women in remote and rural Scotland," Quality and Safety in Health Care, 18:42-48, 2009

Dixon-Woods M, Soukas A, Pitchforth E, Tarrant C, "An ethnographic study of classifying and accounting for risk at the sharp end of medical wards," Social Science & Medicine, 63:362-369, 2009

Pitchforth E, Watson V, Tucker J, Ryan M, van Teijlingen E, Farmer J, Ireland J, Martin E, Kiger A, Bryers H, "Modles of intrapartum care and women's trade-offs in remote and rural Scotland: a mixed methods study," BJOG, 115(560):569, 2008

Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E, Graham W, Fitzmaurice A, "Development of a proxy wealth index for women utilising emergency obstetric care in Bangladesh," Health Policy and Planning, 22:311-319, 2007

Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E, Graham W, Dixon-Woods M, Chowdhury M, "Getting women to hospital is not enough: a qualitative study of access to emergency obstetric care in Bangladesh," Quality and Safety in Health Care, 15:98-101, 2006

Pitchforth E, Weaver S, Willars J, Wwrzkowicz E, Luyt D, Dixon-Woods M, "A qualitative study of families of a child with a nut allergy," Chronic Illness, :1-19, 2001