Ainul's research experience is mainly within global mental health with wider interests in global health, community-based services and interventions, and children and young people's wellbeing. Her expertise is in process evaluation, qualitative research, and mixed methods.
She has been involved in various global health-related projects such as:
- The GCRF Youth Safeguarding Network, Africa
- Ornate India, India
- Research for Equitable Antenatal Care and Health Pregnancy Programme (REACH), England
- Post-Research Ethics Analysis (PREA), Africa & Middle East
- Malaysian Mental Health Policy Implementation Study (PhD), Malaysia