Dr Nadine Beckmann


Associate Professor
in Social Science (UK-PHRST)


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I'm a medical anthropologist whose research has previously focused on HIV/AIDS, Islam, ethics and medical governance, collective action, sexual practice, and reproductive health. I have done ethnographic work in Tanzania and South Sudan and recently worked with a large population-based study on HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, where I have just finished a study on rapid HIV testing. I have also been working on a project on underlying reasons for ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes. Before joining the UK-PHRST/LSHTM, I taught anthropology at the University of Roehampton, development studies at the University of Leeds, and held research fellowships at Bradford University and the University of Oxford.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


My key research areas include gender, sexuality, and reproduction; life with HIV/AIDS, health care provision, and the politics of infectious disease control; Islam and Islamic reformism; Islamic ethics and bioethics; and civil society and collective action. I specialise in working with East African Muslim populations, but have also carried out research in Zimbabwe and South Sudan. I have conducted in-depth ethnographic fieldwork on life with HIV/AIDS, the rollout of antiretroviral treatment and the management of love, sex and romance on the Swahili coast; pregnancy care and childbirth decision-making in Zanzibar; and projects on the politicisation of AIDS activism; obstetric fistula in South Sudan and misclassification errors in rapid HIV testing in Zimbabwe. I currently lead the Staying Alive project, which investigates non-biomedical healing approach in response to HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 in eastern Zimbabwe and work with the UK-PHRST to develop a social science research strategy for epidemic outbreak response. Beyond infectious disease work, I am interested in everyday practice and the negotiation of sexual and reproductive health in the framework of Islamic bioethics; and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes.

Research Area
Pregnancy outcomes
Health care policy
Health inequalities
Health outcomes
Health policy
Health promotion
Health services research
Health technology assessment
Infectious disease policy
Maternal health
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Social and structural determinants of health
Health workers
Evidence use
Global Health
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Qualitative methods
Development studies
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Sexually transmitted infection
Tropical diseases
South Sudan
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Temporal discrepancies in \"rapid\" HIV testing: explaining misdiagnoses at the point-of-care in Zimbabwe.
Skovdal M; Jensen FJB; Maswera R; Beckmann N; Nyamukapa C; Gregson S
BMC Infectious Diseases
Rituals of care: Strategies adopted by HIV testers to avoid misdiagnosis in rapid HIV testing in Zimbabwe.
Beckmann N; Skovdal M; Maswera R; Nyamukapa C; Gregson S
Global public health
The (In)visibility of Misdiagnosis in Point-of-Care HIV Testing in Zimbabwe.
Skovdal M; Beckmann N; Maswera R; Nyamukapa C; Gregson S
Medical anthropology
Comprehensive investigation of sources of misclassification errors in routine HIV testing in Zimbabwe.
Gregson S; Moorhouse L; Dadirai T; Sheppard H; Mayini J; Beckmann N; Skovdal M; Dzangare J; Moyo B; Maswera R
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Improving health facility delivery rates in Zanzibar, Tanzania through a large-scale digital community health volunteer programme: a process evaluation.
Fulcher IR; Nelson AR; Tibaijuka JI; Seif SS; Lilienfeld S; Abdalla OA; Beckmann N; Layer EH; Hedt-Gauthier B; Hofmann RL
Health policy and planning
Safer Deliveries – A Qualitative Evaluation of Women's Birth-Related Decision-Making and Community Health Volunteers' Motivation. Report and Recommendations for D-Tree International
Beckmann N
Pleasure and Danger. Muslim views on sex and gender in Zanzibar
Beckmann N
Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean: Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coast
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