Coll Hutchison BSc MSc PhD

Research Fellow


I have an academic background in genetics (BSc), epidemiology (MSc) and an interdisciplinary PhD funded by a competitive NERC/ESRC studentship. I conducted my doctoral research with public health practitioners and indigenous communities (Mbya) in Misiones, Argentina. It drew heavily on social anthropology and ethnography to provide a theoretical reflection on how public health practitioners’ concepts of health – informed by biomedical approaches – engaged with the contrasting conceptualisation of health as practiced by the Mbya, without a priori assumption that differences in health practices were barriers to achieving good health.




I am a tutor for the distance learning module, "Environmental Change and Global Health Policy" and the author for a number of sessions, including on the Anthropocene and global health policy. I am also the deputy organiser for the "Globalisation and Health" distance learning module.


I have broad interests in the anthropology of science, epidemiology of infectious diseases and a critical political economy/ecology of (global) health. I conduct interdisciplinary research using quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches in collaboration with anthropologists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, clinicians and economists.

I am currently working on a Wellcome Trust Seed Award titled, 'Rationalising Antimicrobials: Science, policy and care' a Fleming fund / Wellcome Trust project to map out laboratory and surveillance capacity for detecting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Ethiopia, Malawi and Vietnam. My overall aim with this research is to contribute to an anthropology of microbes, so as to explore the existential, political and disciplinary motivations of (global) health researchers' proposals to address AMR and the possibilities of considering alternative strategies.

Prior to this research, I was based in Yangon (Burma/Myanmar) co-coordinating an epidemiological case-control study on risk factors for the development of multi-drug resistant TB. In addition, I spent time in Bangkok (Thailand) and Yunnan (SW China), where I conducted qualitative research on barriers and coping strategies in relation to TB and MDR-TB care. Both these projects were funded by USAID, with FHI360 acting as the international and in-country partner. 

I have also conducted a mixed-methods analysis of the "social lives" of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria in drug shops, as well an epidemiological analysis of risk factors for low birth weight in a low transmission malaria settings in SW Uganda.

Research areas

  • Ethics
  • Ethnography
  • Global Health
  • Globalisation
  • Health systems
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods


  • Anthropology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis


  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)


  • Argentina
  • China
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Uganda

Other interests

  • Anthropology Of Science And Policy
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Biodiversity
  • Indigenous Health
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