Dr Anne Geniets is a Research Fellow with the Learning and New Technologies Research Group

She is a medical doctor, developmental psychologist and communications & media scholar, with a research focus on health, social justice, training and technology in low- and middle-income countries.

Anne’s main research interest is in exploring the links between health, training, inequality and technology. Anne has carried out health care- and media-related research projects in the UK, Africa and South Asia.

From 2014 – 2016, Anne has been the research officer and post-doctoral researcher on the ESRC-DFID funded mCHW project, a learning intervention to train community health workers and their supervisors in the assessment of developmental milestones of children under five in two marginalised communities in Kenya.

She is leading the Go_Girl: Code+Create Project (with Niall Winters) and collaborates on a number mHealth training research projects.

Current doctoral students

Isobel Talks (co-supervised with Niall Winters)


  • Geniets, A. (2013). The global news challenge: Market strategies of international broadcasting organizations in developing countries (pp. 1-188).

  • Book chapters
  • Winters, N., Geniets, A., & Lakati, A. (2022). A systems-thinking approach to the training and supervision of community healthcare workers in Kenya. In Systems Thinking for Global Health: How can systems-thinking contribute to solving key challenges in Global Health? (pp. 77-85).

  • Eynon, R., & Geniets, A. (2018). Not All Young People “Use” the Internet: Exploring the Experiences of Ex-Use Amongst Young People in Britain. In A. Normore & A. Lahera (Eds.), Crossing the Bridge of the Digital Divide: A Walk with Global Leaders (pp. 37-58). Information Age Publishing.

  • Geniets, A. (2015). “Empowering Whom?” A Cyberjournalism Paradox. In K. Meso Ayerdi, I. Agirreazkuenaga Onaindia, & A. Larrondo Ureta (Eds.), Active audiences and journalism. Analysis of the quality and regulation of the user generated contents. University of the Basque Country.

  • Journal articles
  • O’Donovan, J., Kahn, K., MacRae, M., Namanda, A., Hamala, R., Kabali, K., Geniets, A., Lakati, A., Mbae, S., & Winters, N. (2022). Analysing 3429 digital supervisory interactions between Community Health Workers in Uganda and Kenya: the development, testing and validation of an open access predictive machine learning web app. Human Resources for Health, 20(1), 6.

  • Wanyama, C., Nagraj, S., Muinga, N., Tuti, T., Edgcombe, H., Geniets, A., Winters, N., English, M., Rossner, J., & Paton, C. (2022). Lessons from the design, development and implementation of a three-dimensional (3D) neonatal resuscitation training smartphone application: Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE app). Advances in Simulation, 7(1).

  • Denton-Calabrese, T., Mustain, P., Geniets, A., Hakimi, L., & Winters, N. (2021). Empowerment beyond skills: Computing and the enhancement of self-concept in the go_girl code+create program. Computers & Education, 175, 104321.

  • Winters, N., Venkatapuram, S., Geniets, A.-K., & Wynne-Bannister, E. (2020). Prioritarian principles for digital health in low resource settings. Journal of Medical Ethics, 46(4), 259-264.

  • Winters, N., Eynon, R., Geniets, A., Robson, J., & Kahn, K. (2019). Can we avoid digital structural violence in future learning systems?. Learning, Media and Technology, 45(11), 17-30.

  • Winters, N., Langer, L., Nduku, P., Robson, J., O’Donovan, J., Maulik, P., Paton, C., Geniets, A., Peiris, D., & Nagraj, S. (2019). Using mobile technologies to support the training of community health workers in low-income and middle-income countries: mapping the evidence. BMJ Global Health, 4(4).

  • Winters, N., Langer, L., & Geniets, A.-K. (2018). Scoping review assessing the evidence used to support the adoption of mobile health (mHealth) technologies for the education and training of community health workers (CHWs) in low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Open, 8(7).

  • Winters, N., O’Donovan, J., & Geniets, A.-K. (2018). A new era for community health in countries of low and middle income?. Lancet Global Health, 6(5), e489 - e490.

  • Winters, N., Langer, L., & Geniets, A.-K. (2017). Physical, psychological, sexual, and systemic abuse of children with disabilities in East Africa: Mapping the evidence. PLoS One, 12(9), e0184541.

  • Eynon, R., & Geniets, A. (2016). The digital skills paradox: how do digitally excluded youth develop skills to use the internet?. Learning Media and Technology, 41(3), 463-479.

  • Geniets, A. (2016). Engaging youth in low- and middle-income countries through chat apps: Challenges and opportunities for international news organizations. International Journal of Communication, 10, 3570-3584.

  • Vu Henry, J., Winters, N., Lakati, A., Oliver, M., Geniets, A.-K., Mbae, S., & Wanjiru, H. (2016). Enhancing the supervision of community health workers with WhatsApp mobile messaging: qualitative findings from 2 low-resource settings in Kenya. Global Health : Science and Practice Journal, 4(2), 311-325.

  • Oliver, M., Geniets, A., Winters, N., Rega, I., & Mbae, S. (2015). What do community health workers have to say about their work, and how can this inform improved programme design? A case study with CHWs within Kenya. Global Health Action, 8, 27168.

  • Oliver, M., Geniets, A., Winters, N., Rega, I., & Mbae, S. (2015). What do community health workers have to say about their work, and how can this inform improved programme design? A case study with CHWs within Kenya. Glob Health Action, 8, 27168.

  • Oliver, M., Geniets, A.-K., Winters, N., Rega, I., & Mbae, S. (2015). What do community health workers have to say about their work, and how can this inform improved programme design? A case study with CHWs within Kenya. Global Health Action, 8(1), 27168.

  • Rotheray, B., & Geniets, A. (2011). International broadcasting revived: Does it merit the effort? A case study of eight developing countries. International Journal of Digital Television, 2(3), 323-344.

  • Geniets, A. (2010). Lost in translation: Why civic online efforts in Britain have failed to engage young women from low socioeconomic backgrounds. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION, 25(4), 398-412.

  • Reports
  • Conrads, J., Rasmussen, M., Winters, N., Geniets, A., & Langer, L. (2017). Digital education policies in Europe and beyond: Key design principles for more effective policies (C. Redecker, P. Kampylis, M. Bacigalupo, & Y. Punie, Eds.). Publications Office of the European Union.

  • Geniets, A., & Eynon, R. (2012). On the Periphery? Understanding Low and Discontinued Internet Use Amongst Young People in Britain. In Report for the Nominet Trust. University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute.

  • Geniets, A. (2011). Trust in international news media in partially free media environments – A case study of five markets in Africa and South Asia. In Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) Working Paper. University of Oxford, RISJ.

  • Geniets, A. (2010). The Global News Challenge – Assessing Changes in International Broadcast News Consumption in Africa and South Asia. In Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) Working Paper. University of Oxford, RISJ.

  • Funded Research Projects

    • Refugee Health Education Programme: Addressing the lack of health education for refugees during the Covid 19 pandemic (Co-PI, with N. Winters)
      April-December 2022
    • Onyx Project - Development of AI application & training module (PI) (with Niall Winters)
      Feb-Sept 2019
    • Evidence network on technology-enhanced community health worker training in LMICs (CI)
    • An evaluation of a serious mobile game to improve trainee nurses knowledge and skills in emergency neonatal care in Kenyan teaching hospitals (CI, with N. Winters, C. Paton, M. English & G. Irimu)
      Oct 2016 – Mar 2018
    • KCL - Oxford Symposium on Ethics of innovative technologies for improving health in low-income countries (CI) (with S. Venkatapuram & N. Winters)
      Oct – Nov 2016
    • go_girl: Code+Create (Co-PI) (with Niall Winters)
      2015 – 2019
    • “Hidden” Children and the Politics of Poverty: Addressing Child Abuse in the Context of Disability in Kenya (Co-PI with N. Winters)
      Sept 2015 - Sept 2016
    • The Global News Challenge
      Mar – Nov 2011
    • Trust in news media after the revolution: The case of Egypt (Co-PI) (with R. Piccard)