Cornish, Flora

Dr Flora Cornish  


Position held

Associate Professor


Non LSE positions held

Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology



Experience keywords:

Community mobilisation; HIV/AIDS; collective action; community engagement and participation; community health interventions; dialogue; ethnography; evidence & evaluation in health research and policy; qualitative research methodologies; social movements; transnational development management

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My research addresses the role of community mobilisation and partnerships in improving public health. I have a long-standing research engagement with HIV prevention projects led by sex workers in India. My recent work has focused on the relations between local grassroots realities and globalising development policies and management practices, with a particular focus on the place of social scientific methodologies as part of this globalising system. I am interested in the uses of ‘evidence-based practice’, monitoring, evaluation and accountability, and the role of qualitative research as a source of useful evidence.

In the Department of Methodology ‘Communicating Chronic Pain’ project, I am working on the question of the ways in which non-textual methods of expression of pain can constitute useful evidence. My research is informed by a pragmatist interest in constituting a better future. I use a range of qualitative research methods, with a particular interest in multi-level and multi-site ethnographies.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Healthcare; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

UK; India

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6792



Montenegro, Cristian and Cornish, Flora (2017) Historicising involvement: The visibility of user groups in the modernisation of the Chilean Mental Health System. Critical Public Health. ISSN 0958-1596

Tarr, Jen and Gonzalez-Polledo, Elena and Cornish, Flora (2017) On liveness: using arts workshops as a research method Qualitative Research, 18 (1). 36-52. ISSN 1468-7941

White, Jane M. and Cornish, Flora and Kerr, Susan (2017) Frontline perspectives on "joined-up" working relationships: a qualitative study of social prescribing in the West of Scotland Health and Social Care in the Community, 25 (1). 194-203. ISSN 0966-0410


Haaken, Janice K. and Cornish, Flora and Jackson, Sharon and Moskovitz, Liora eds. (2016) Rethinking prefigurative politics (guest-edited special section) Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 4 (1). ISSN 2195-3325

Muldoon, Orla and Cornish, Flora (2016) Some editorial notes on publishing and publications in JCASP Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 26 (1). 89-92. ISSN 1052-9284

Iveson, Mandie and Cornish, Flora (2016) Re-building bridges: homeless people's views on the role of vocational and educational activities in their everyday lives Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 26 (3). 253-267. ISSN 1052-9284

Cornish, Flora and Haaken, Jan and Moskovitz, Liora and Jackson, Sharon (2016) Rethinking prefigurative politics: introduction to the special thematic section Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 4 (1). 114-127. ISSN 2195-3325

Shukla, Anuprita and Teedona, Paul and Cornish, Flora (2016) Empty rituals? A qualitative study of users’ experience of monitoring & evaluation systems in HIV interventions in western India Social Science and Medicine, 168. 7-15. ISSN 0277-9536

Mrayan, Lina and Cornish, Flora and Dhungana, Nimesh and Parfitt, Barbara (2016) Transition to parenthood during the transition to modernity in Jordan: new parents' views on family and healthcare support systems Applied Nursing Research, 32. 139-143. ISSN 0897-1897


Howarth, Caroline and Cornish, Flora and Gillespie, Alex (2015) Making communities: diversity, movement and interdependence In: Sammut, Gordon and Andreouli, Eleni and Gaskell, George and Valsiner, J., (eds.) Handbook of Social Representations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 179-192. ISBN 978-1-107-04200-1

Cornish, Flora (2015) When the demand for ‘evidence’ is unscientific: An example from HIV/AIDS Thinking Methods (11 Jun 2015) Blog entry

Cornish, Flora (2015) Thinking about our research partnerships as part of our method Thinking Methods (7 May 2015) Blog entry

Aveling, Emma-Louise and Gillespie, Alex and Cornish, Flora (2015) A qualitative method for analysing multivoicedness Qualitative Research, 15 (6). 670-687. ISSN 1468-7941

Skovdal, Morten and Cornish, Flora (2015) Qualitative research for development: a guide for practitioners Practical Action Publishing, Rugby, UK. ISBN 9781853398544

Cornish, Flora (2015) Evidence synthesis in international development: a critique of systematic reviews and a pragmatist alternative Anthropology and Medicine, 22 (3). 263-277. ISSN 1364-8470

Mok, Tze Ming and Cornish, Flora and Tarr, Jen (2015) Too much information: visual research ethics in the age of wearable cameras Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49 (2). 309-322. ISSN 1932-4502

Montenergro, Cristian R. and Cornish, Flora (2015) 'It is not the state's fault that we have a person like this': relations and institutions in the meaning of ‘rights’ to carers of people with psychosocial disabilities in Chile Global Mental Health, 2 (e22). 1-11. ISSN 2054-4251


Campbell, Cathy and Cornish, Flora eds. (2014) Special edition: community health psychology for the 21st century: pathways to health-enabling social change Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (1). 1-192. ISSN 1359-1053

Campbell, Catherine and Cornish, Flora (2014) Reimagining community health psychology: maps, journeys and new terrains Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (1). 3-15. ISSN 1359-1053

Gillespie, Alex and Reader, Tom W. and Cornish, Flora and Campbell, Catherine (2014) Beyond ideal speech situations: adapting to communication asymmetries in healthcare Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (1). 72-78. ISSN 1359-1053

Gillespie, Alex and Cornish, Flora (2014) Sensitizing questions: a method to facilitate analyzing the meaning of an utterance Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 48 (4). 435-452. ISSN 1932-4502

Cornish, Flora and Priego-Hernandez, Jacqueline and Campbell, Catherine and Mburu, Gitau and McLean, Susie (2014) The impact of community mobilisation on HIV prevention in middle and low income countries: a systematic review and critique AIDS and Behavior, 18 (11). 2110-2134. ISSN 1090-7165

Kaufman, Michelle R. and Cornish, Flora and Zimmerman, Rick S. and Johnson, Blair T. (2014) Health behavior change models for HIV prevention and AIDS care: practical recommendations for a multi-level approach JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 66 (3). S250-S258. ISSN 1525-4135

Mannell, Jenevieve and Cornish, Flora and Russell, Jill (2014) Evaluating social outcomes of HIV/AIDS interventions: a critical assessment of contemporary indicator frameworks Journal of the International AIDS Society, 17 (1). 19073. ISSN 1758-2652


Cornish, Flora (2013) Targeting HIV or targeting social change? The role of Indian sex worker collectives in challenging gender relations In: Boesten, Jelke and Poku, Nana K., (eds.) Gender and HIV/AIDS: Critical Perspectives From the Developing World. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, London, UK, 121-142. ISBN 9781409499039

Cornish, Flora and Montenegro, Cristian and van Reisen, Kirsten and Zaka, Flavia and Sevitt, James (2013) Trust the process: community health psychology after Occupy Journal of Health Psychology, online. ISSN 1359-1053

Cooper, M. and Chak, A. and Cornish, Flora and Gillespie, Alex (2013) Dialogue: bridging personal, community, and social transformation Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53 (1). 70-93. ISSN 0022-1678

Cornish, Flora and Gillespie, Alex and Zittoun, Tania (2013) Collaborative analysis of qualitative data In: Flick, Uwe, (ed.) The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis. Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK, 79-93. ISBN 9781446208984

Howarth, Caroline and Campbell, Catherine and Cornish, Flora and Franks, Bradley and Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia and Gillespie, Alex and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Goncalves-Portelinha, I. and Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Lahlou, Saadi and Mannell, Jenevieve Claire and Reader, Tom W. and Tennant, C. (2013) Insights from societal psychology: a contextual politics of societal change Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1 (1). 364-384. ISSN 2195-3325

Lorimer, Karen and Kidd, Lisa and Lawrence, Maggie and McPherson, Kerri and Cayless, Sandi and Cornish, Flora (2013) Systematic review of reviews of behavioural HIV prevention interventions among men who have sex with men AIDS Care, 25 (2). 133-150. ISSN 0954-0121


Cornish, Flora (2012) Collectives may protest, but how do authorities respond? In: Wagoner, Brady and Jense, Eric and Oldmeadow, Julian, (eds.) Culture and Social Change: Transforming Society Through the Power of Ideas. Advances in cultural psychology: constructing human development. Information Age Publishers, Charlotte, NC. ISBN 9781617357589

Campbell, Catherine and Cornish, Flora and Skovdal, Morten (2012) Using scale to think about HIV/AIDS interventions: local and global dimensions - special issue, edited by Catherine Campbell, Flora Cornish and Morten Skovdal Health and Place, 18 (3). 447-694. ISSN 1353-8292

Cornish, Flora (2012) Book review: real social science: applied phronesis LSE Review of Books (6 Sep 2012) Blog entry

Gillespie, Alex and Howarth, Caroline and Cornish, Flora (2012) Four problems for researchers using social categories Culture and Psychology, 18 (3). 391-402. ISSN 1354-067X

Cornish, Flora and Campbell, Catherine and Shukla, Anuprita and Banerji, Riddhi (2012) From brothel to boardroom: prospects for community leadership of HIV interventions in the context of global funding practices Health and Place, 18 (3). 468-474. ISSN 1353-8292

Campbell, Catherine and Cornish, Flora (2012) How can community health programmes build enabling environments for transformative communication?: experiences from India and South Africa AIDS and Behavior, 16 (4). 847-857. ISSN 1090-7165


Donaldson, Cam and Baker, Rachel and McHugh, Neil and Gillespie, Morag and Sinclair, Stephen and Cornish, Flora and Cheater, Francine and Goodwin, Jon and Tombs, Jackie (2011) Markets and health in the home of Smith and Yunus Journal of Social Business, 1 (1). 155-167. ISSN 2045-1083


Cornish, Flora and Campbell, Catherine (guest eds) (2010) Special issue: creating contexts for effective community mobilisation AIDS Care, 22 (S2). 1569-1678. ISSN 0954-0121

Cornish, Flora and Banerji, Riddhi and Shukla, Anuprita (2010) Community-based organisations in policy and practice sex workers, HIV/AIDS and the social construction of solutions In: Health, Illness and Medicine: Ethnographic Readings. Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad, India, 232-252. ISBN 97881250397855

Cornish, Flora and Banerji, Riddhi and Shukla, Anuprita (2010) Community-based organisations in policy and practice: sex workers, HIV prevention and the social construction of solutions In: Mishra, Arima, (ed.) Health, Illness and Medicine: Ethnographic Readings in India. Orient Blackswan, Delhi, India. ISBN 9788125039785

Gillespie, Alex and Cornish, Flora (2010) What can be said? identity as a constraint on knowledge production. Papers on Social Representations, 19. 5.1-5.13. ISSN 1021-5573

Cornish, Flora and Shukla, Anuprita and Banerji, Riddhi (2010) Persuading, protesting and exchanging favours: strategies used by Indian sex workers to win local support for their HIV prevention programmes AIDS Care, 22 (sup2). 1670-1678. ISSN 0954-0121


Parfitt, Barbara A. and Cornish, Flora and Ferguson, Linda (2009) Global perspectives on health and nursing In: Holzemer, William L., (ed.) Improving Health Through Nursing Research. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405134118

Aveling, Emma-Louise and Cornish, Flora and Oldmeadow, Julian (2009) Diversity in sex workers’ strategies for the protection of social identity: content, context and contradiction In: Wagoner, Brady, (ed.) Symbolic Transformation: the Mind in Movement Through Culture and Society. Cultural dynamics of social representation. Routledge, London, UK, 302-322. ISBN 9780415488488

Cornish, Flora (2009) Let's get real (with a small `r'): for a health psychology that prioritizes the concrete Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (5). 638-642. ISSN 1359-1053

Bryans, Alison and Cornish, Flora and McIntosh, Jean (2009) The potential of ecological theory for building an integrated framework to develop the public health contribution of health visiting Health and Social Care in the Community, 17 (6). 564-572. ISSN 0966-0410


Zittoun, T. and Cornish, Flora and Gillespie, Alex and Aveling, Emma-Louise (2008) Using social knowledge: a case study of a diarist’s meaning-making during World War II In: Sugiman, Toshio and Gergen, Kenneth J. and Wagner, Wolfgang and Yamada, Yoko, (eds.) Meaning in Action: Constructions, Narratives and Representations. Springer, Tokyo, Japan, 163-182. ISBN 9784431746799


Cornish, Flora and Zittoun, Tania and Gillespie, Alex (2007) A cultural psychological reflection on collaborative research Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8 (3). art. 21. ISSN 1438-5627

Parfitt, Barbara Ann and Cornish, Flora (2007) Implementing family health nursing in Tajikistan: from policy to practice in primary health care reform Social Science and Medicine, 65 (8). 1720-1729. ISSN 0277-9536

Cornish, Flora and Ghosh, Riddhi (2007) The necessary contradictions of ‘community-led’ health promotion: a case study of HIV prevention in an Indian red light district Social Science and Medicine, 64 (2). 496-507. ISSN 0277-9536


Cornish, Flora (2006) Challenging the stigma of sex work in India: material context and symbolic change Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16 (6). 462-471. ISSN 1052-9284

Cornish, Flora (2006) Empowerment to participate: a case study of participation by indian sex workers in HIV prevention Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16 (4). 301-315. ISSN 1052-9284


Cornish, Flora (2005) When we get our rights... reinterpreting the present and creating trajectories with a symbolic resource In: Gülerce, Aydan and Hofmeister, A. and Steauble, I. and Saunders, G. and Kaye, J., (eds.) Contemporary Theorizing in Psychology: Global Perspectives. Captus University Publications, Concord, ON, Canada. ISBN 9781553221098


Cornish, Flora (2004) Making 'context' concrete: a dialogical approach to the society-health relation Journal of Health Psychology, 9 (2). 281-294. ISSN 1359-1053


Campbell, Catherine and Cornish, Flora (2003) How has the HIV/AIDS pandemic contributed to our understandings of behaviour change and health promotion? In: Ellison, George and Parker, Melissa and Campbell, Catherine, (eds.) Learning From HIV and AIDS. Biosocial Society Symposium Series (15). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 148-176. ISBN 9780521808668


Cornish, Flora and Peltzer, Karl and MaClachlan, Malcolm (1999) Returning strangers: the children of Malawian refugees come 'home'? Journal of Refugee Studies, 12 (3). 264-283. ISSN 0951-6328

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