Eleanor Hutchinson BA MA PhD

Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology


Eleanor is a social anthropologist with an interest in applied, health focused research in Africa. Her current interests revolve around pharmaceuticals and tracking the ways in which their use (both imagined and practiced) changes as policies to curb antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are rolled out and how this impacts on sustainable, equitable access to medicines.

She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva where she works with Michaela Told and Ilona Kickbusch to track current policy and governance responses to AMR. 

Alongside this, Eleanor provides qualitative evaluations of complex interventions - both cluster randomised trials and pilot projects. She supervises social scientists at Uganda Malaria Surveillance Project (UMSP) and with them seeks to provide an analysis of the social life of projects and the socio-material relations that unfold within them. 

Eleanor originally joined LSHTM to work with Justin Parkhurst (LSE) to examine the relationship between evidence and health policy in Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. She maintains an interest in this area as part of her overall focus and has co-authored papers with Justin on cotrimoxazole prophylaxis and male circumcision.

Eleanor joined LSHTM from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), where she worked with Shahra Razavi (UN Women) on a research project on the social and political economy of care. She maintains a concern with gender, equity and human rights throughout her work.

She has a PhD in Anthropology from University College, London; a Masters Degree in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education, London; and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex. 




Eleanor is the deputy module organiser for Medical Anthropology in Public Health and is currently revising the module.


Eleanor's current research focuses on the governance and policy responses to AMR and the ways in which these attend to or ignore issues of path dependency and the reliance on medicines within global health; and issues of equity, sustainable access and the SDG mandate to "leave no one behind".  

Prior to this, Eleanor analyse the introduction of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria in the private and public sectors in Uganda and the public sector in Tanzania. Her work looks at the ways in which social relationships and expectations shape the uptake of RDTs in these contexts and the ways in which the introduction of RDTs impacts on the local health systems of care and equitable access to care.

Her PhD research investigated the differences and interactions between family and programme based support for orphaned children living in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Research areas

  • Health policy
  • Health systems
  • Private sector
  • Qualitative methods
  • Research : policy relationship


  • Anthropology
  • Development studies
  • Operational research
  • Policy analysis

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malaria


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
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