Krista English


Krista English is a Senior Research Scientist and Co-PI in the Institute for Resource, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr English has applied insights from network modelling of contagious phenomena to understand the knowledge exchange pathways that support evidence-informed decision-making in health policy. She has a PhD (network science) and an MBA (health care management and organization behaviour) from UBC and a BA (sociology) from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Previously, Dr English spent almost 12 years at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, most recently, as the Associate Director of the Division of Mathematical Modelling; she served a concurrent 4-year-term as a founding Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Complexity Science for Health Systems.


Dr English is an applied researcher whose interest in health systems and policy design has supported the advancement of the discipline through innovative program design and strategic collaborations. Her research interests more largely relate to knowledge translation, social determinants, health systems, complex systems, social networks, transmission dynamics, health promotion, global health, health policy and evidence-informed decision-making.




Twitter: @kristamenglish

Recent Publications

English KM, Langley JM, McGeer A, Hupert N, Tellier R, Henry B, Halperin S, Johnston L, Pourbohloul B. Contact among healthcare workers in the hospital setting: Developing the evidence base for innovative approaches to infection control. BMC Infectious Diseases 2018 Apr 17; 18:184

Pourbohloul B, English KM and Hupert N. Complexity, the Bridging Science of Emerging Respiratory Outbreak Response. Mitleton-Kelly E, Paraskevas A and Day C (Eds.). Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science, Theory and Applications. United Kingdom. Edward Elgar Publishing. (2018).

English KM, Pourbohloul B. Health policy and systems research collaboration pathways: lessons from a network science analysis. BMC Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 Aug 28;15(1):71.

English KM, Pourbohloul B. Emerging Increasing Health Policy and Systems Research Capacity in Low-and-Middle Income Countries: Results from a Bibliometric Analysis. BMC Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 Jul 28;15(1):64

Krista English, Veloshnee Govender, Karen Grépin, Etienne Langlois, Lucy Gilson, Crossley Pinkstaff, Babak Pourbohloul and Zubin Shroff. Chapter 2: Benchmarks in World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research. Geneva: World Health Organization. 2017

Skowronski DM, Moser FS, Janjua NZ, Davoudi B, English KM, Purych D, Petric M, Pourbohloul B. H3N2v and Other Influenza Epidemic Risk based on Age-Specific Estimates of Sero-Protection and Contact Network Interactions. PLoS One 2013;8(1):e54015.

Conway JM, Tuite AR, Fisman DN, Hupert N, Meza R, Davoudi B, English K, van den Driessche P, Brauer F, Ma J, Meyers LA, Smieja M, Greer A, Skowronski DM, Buckeridge DL, Kwong JC, Wu J, Moghadas SM, Coombs D, Brunham RC and Pourbohloul B. Vaccination against 2009 pandemic H1N1 in a population dynamical model of Vancouver, Canada: timing is everything. BMC Public Health 2011 Dec 14;11:932.