Dr Caroline Ackley
BA MA PhD
Hararghe Health Research
I hold a PhD in Medical Anthropology from UCL and have worked in the Horn of Africa since 2009.
My PhD examined Somaliland women's life course as an entanglement of moralities, time, and selves. It ethnographically explored the relationships women have with their bodies, other women in the community, the divine, and their husbands.
My current research is based in Harar and Kersa, Ethiopia as part of Hararghe Health Research where I am the lead social scientist. I lead 3 funded research studies (1) Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance CHAMPS, (2) Unlocking the silence on stillbirth, and (3) Antimicrobial resistance.
My recent work has combined medical anthropology and material culture looking at experiences of female genital cutting in Somaliland, and minimally invasive tissue sampling in Ethiopia. I continue to be interested in women's life course development, sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence, and community health. I am also interested in participatory methods like Theatre for Development and knowledge co-production.
My research centres on women's health, community health, and life course development in Africa. I am particularly interested in constructions of the body, motherhood and maternity, ethics and morality, postcolonial theory, and the Anthropology of Islam.