Professor Janet Seeley BA MPhil PhD

Professor of Anthropology and Health


I am a social anthropologist by training. I have a PhD in that subject from the University of Cambridge. Before joining the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in April 2014 I was Professor of International Development at the University of East Anglia. I worked for the Department for International Development for 13 years, prior to moving to the University of East Anglia in 2000. I am interested in the social aspects of health, with particular interest in HIV and AIDS. I have worked in a number of different countries over the last 30 years. I have been actively engaged in research on HIV since the late 1980s, including four years with Medical Research Council in Uganda 1989-1993 when I was responsible for setting up social science research in the Unit, the Programme I returned to Uganda to head in 2008. Since 2014, I have been supporting social science and ethics research and researchers at the Africa Health Research Institute (formerly Africa Centre) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  From December 2016 I have taken up the role as one of three research directors for STRIVE (




I am involved in Distance Learning teaching.


My research interests are in the social aspects of health. My main focus in recent years has been on HIV, particularly looking at HIV across the life course and the impact of the epidemic on communities and people's lives and livelihoods.  This focus has broadened recently to chronic conditions, more generally.

I have also been active in research on poverty, social protection, mobility and migration.

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Ageing
  • Alcohol
  • Behaviour change
  • Capacity strengthening
  • Ethnography
  • Mixed methods
  • Older people's health
  • Qualitative methods
  • Sexual health
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Anthropology
  • Development studies
  • Sociology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Disability
  • Infectious disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • India
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
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