Gavin Cochrane

Senior Analyst
Cambridge Office


M.Sc. in Asian studies, Lund University, Sweden; B.A. in economics and Japanese, University of Leeds

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Gavin Cochrane is a senior analyst at RAND Europe. Since joining RAND he has worked on a variety of national and international projects, primarily focussed on global health and international development.

Cochrane has managed a number of evaluations of research capacity building interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, for clients including the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the Wellcome Trust. He has also worked more broadly on several development projects, including a number of evaluations for DFID on their research and impact evaluation programmes, a study examining the contextual factors involved with ARV-based prevention strategies for HIV/AIDS and mapping the neglected disease research landscape for the European & Developing Country Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP).

He has significant experience of qualitative research techniques, including interviews, literature reviews and survey design, ExpertLens, as well as quantitative methods, including network analysis, bibliometrics and value-for-money assessments. He also has conducted fieldwork, including interviews, workshops and focus groups in a range of countries, including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil and Vietnam.

Prior to joining RAND Europe, Cochrane completed a B.A. in Economics and Japanese from the University of Leeds and an M.Sc. in Asian studies from Lund University in Sweden.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluating the impact of EU R&D into poverty-related and neglected diseases
  • The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's capacity building activities in East Africa: Evaluating progress and impacts in Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda
  • Mapping Pathways: Community-driven strategies for the use of antiretrovirals as prevention
  • Africa Mapping: Current State of Health Research on Poverty-Related and Neglected Infectious Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Evaluating the African Insititutions Initiative

Selected Publications

Sonja Marjanovic, Gavin Cochrane, Enora Robin, Nelson Sewankambo, Alex Ezeh, Moffat Nyirenda, Bassirou Bonfoh, Mark Rweyemamu and Joanna Chataway, "Evaluating a complex research capacity-building intervention: Reflections on an evaluation of the African Institutions Initiative," Evaluation, 2017 (forthcoming)

Joanna Chataway, Geoffrey Banda, Gavin Cochrane and Catriona Manville "Innovative Procurement For Health And Industrial Development," in Maureen Mackintosh, Geoffrey Banda, Paula Tibandebage, Watu Wamae, Making Medicines in Africa, Palgrave, 2015


  • Pill for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV

    PrEP for HIV Prevention in the UK Still Faces Many Challenges

    PrEP is an HIV-prevention strategy that provides people at risk of HIV with oral antiretroviral drugs that are taken prior to potential exposure. It could be a game changer, but issues associated with its implementation, costs, and access need to be addressed.

    Dec 15, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • HIV test at Pomerini in Tanzania

    New Partnerships for Improving Global Health Research

    Partnerships between public and private organizations have become a powerful mechanism for addressing longer-term and structural challenges faced by developing countries that have a high burden of poverty-related diseases.

    Sep 22, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • A girl is tested for malaria at an MSF clinic in Tomping camp, where some 17,000 displaced people who fled their homes are being sheltered by the United Nations, in Juba, South Sudan

    Probing the Barriers to Conducting Clinical Research in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Developing clinical research in sub-Saharan Africa requires a more holistic approach that considers not only individuals and institutions concerned with clinical research but also the wider health and research systems in these countries.

    Sep 19, 2014 The RAND Blog