Dr Elisa Liberati
Elisa Liberati is a postdoctoral Research Associate specialising in hospital ethnography. Her research looks at the human, social and organisational components of quality improvement in healthcare.
Elisa’s background is in psychology and social science. She holds an MA in Work and Organisational Psychology and was awarded a PhD in April 2016 at the Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy (with the additional title of Doctor Europaeus). She is also a research associate at Sidney Sussex College. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Health Foundation, Elisa has been working as a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge since August 2016.
Elisa is a qualitative researcher with specific expertise in ethnography. Her research examines the human, social and organisational components of quality improvement in healthcare. She is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms (e.g. inter-professional boundaries, social norms, values, and beliefs) that enable some quality improvement interventions to work better than others, and how to effectively scale successful interventions.
Elisa’s work currently focuses on improvement capabilities in mental health organisations. Between 2016 and 2019, Elisa led on the Health Foundation-funded SCALING study of maternity care, which sought to identify the features of safe maternity units across the UK.