Lai Fong Chiu

Lai Fong Chiu

Lai Fong Chiu


Principal Research Associate UCL Energy Institute

laifong.chiu@ucl.ac.uk

Biography

Lai Fong is currently a Principal Research Associate at the UCL Energy Institute. She has a long career in health research and has achieved a national and international reputation in the field of Public Health in the development of intervention and evaluation models and methodology.  In the health area, Lai Fong has led many projects as Principal Investigator, with a cumulative funding portfolio of near £1 million. She led the qualitative component of one of the largest cluster-randomised controlled field trials in Public Health (£1.4 million) at the University of Leeds between 2010-11. Lai Fong’s expertise is in research methodology that combines innovative approaches of various kinds of qualitative and quantitative methods. It is her aim to contribute as a social scientist to the pressing issues of climate change and security of energy supply.

Lai Fong has published academic papers, book chapters, training, and health education materials on various topics related to cancer screening and minority ethnic communities and low-income groups. She was a member of the panel of referees for three NHS research programmes (National Institute for Health Research, NHS R&D Health Technology Assessment Programme, NHS Service Delivery and Organisation Programme). She was an advisory member of the WHO Task Force on Migrant friendly and Culturally Competent Hospitals and the co-ordinator of the working group on Patient and Community Empowerment of the Task Force; an advisory member of the Regional Advisory Forum of the Altogether Better project; advisory member of the ESRC project “Exploring cross-cultural value of informed choice”; member of the Race Forum of Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). Between 2007 and April, 2011, she was associate editor (health) of the Action Research Journal.

Lai Fong was an invited national and international (sometimes keynote) speaker of many national and international conferences.

In the health area, Lai Fong has led many projects as Principal Investigator, with a cumulative funding portfolio of near £1 million. She led the qualitative component of one of the largest cluster-randomised controlled field trials in Public Health (£1.4 million) at the University of Leeds between 2010-11. Lai Fong’s expertise is in research methodology that combines innovative approaches of various kinds of qualitative and quantitative methods. It is her aim to contribute as a social scientist to the pressing issues of climate change and security of energy supply.

Lai Fong is also the Director of RITA (Research in Innovation and Transformation), a consultancy company that supports collaboration, participation, and innovation for transformational research. Currently, she is a Co-Investigator of MEET: Meeting the health literacy needs of immigrant populations, a knowledge transfer project funded by the European Commission (€365,881).

CEE Projects

Evaluation of the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme

Multiple research approaches to empirically determining the performance of domestic heat pumps in the largest European field trial to date (699 dwellings in total).

- by Maija Powell

Developing socio-technical approach and methods in metrology

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts” Albert Einstein

- by Alison Parker