Dr Eleanor Hutchinson


Assistant Professor
in Anthropology and Health Systems

Room 324

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2534

I originally trained as a development anthropologist with Sandra Wallman at University College London. Following my PhD, I worked at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) with Shahra Razavi in the Gender and Development Team on a pioneering project on the care economy. I came to LSHTM to research policy development for cotrimoxazole preventive therapy in Zambia, Malawi and Uganda. Since then, I have worked on a range of projects assessing the unintended consequences of complex interventions with a particular focus on the limits of care that is dependent on commodities. 


Department of Global Health and Development


I am the module organiser for Medical Anthropology in Public Health (DL) and deliver the lecture "People Centred Health Systems" on the in house Health Systems Course. 


I maintain a keen interest in the interconnections between health systems and broader processes of development in LMICs in particular those that draw on heterodox economics. My current research explores the intersection between formal and informal health systems in Africa. With Dina Balabanova and colleagues from the School of Oriental and African Studies, we are applying theory from political economy to develop novel approaches to corruption within health with a particular focus on rent seeking among front line health staff and their managers. The first papers from this project should be published towards the end of 2018. 

I maintain an interest in AMR and the governance and policy reponses and the ways in which these tend to ignore issues of path dependency and the reliance on medicines within global health. 
Research Area
Health policy
Health systems
Research : policy relationship
Private sector
Qualitative methods
Development studies
Operational research
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Data value and care value in the practice of health systems: A case study in Uganda.
Hutchinson, E. ; Nayiga, S. ; Nabirye, C. ; Taaka, L. ; Staedke, S.G. ;
Soc Sci Med
Introducing rapid tests for malaria into the retail sector: what are the unintended consequences?
Hutchinson, E. ; Hutchison, C. ; Lal, S. ; Hansen, K. ; Kayendeke, M. ; Nabirye, C. ; Magnussen, P. ; Clarke, S.E. ; Mbonye, A. ; Chandler, C.I.R. ;
BMJ Glob Health
'It puts life in us and we feel big': shifts in the local health care system during the introduction of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria into drug shops in Uganda.
Hutchinson, E. ; Chandler, C. ; Clarke, S. ; Lal, S. ; Magnussen, P. ; Kayendeke, M. ; Nabirye, C. ; Kizito, J. ; Mbonye, A. ;
Crit Public Health
Challenging logics of complex intervention trials: Community perspectives of a health care improvement intervention in rural Uganda.
Okwaro, F.M. ; Chandler, C.I. ; Hutchinson, E. ; Nabirye, C. ; Taaka, L. ; Kayendeke, M. ; Nayiga, S. ; Staedke, S.G. ;
Soc Sci Med
Bringing the state into the clinic? Incorporating the rapid diagnostic test for malaria into routine practice in Tanzanian primary healthcare facilities.
Hutchinson, E.; Reyburn, H.; Hamlyn, E.; Long, K.; Meta, J.; Mbakilwa, H.; Chandler, C.;
Glob Public Health
National policy development for cotrimoxazole prophylaxis in Malawi, Uganda and Zambia: the relationship between Context, Evidence and Links.
Hutchinson, E. ; Parkhurst, J. ; Phiri, S. ; Gibb, D.M. ; Chishinga, N. ; Droti, B. ; Hoskins, S. ;
Health Res Policy Syst
The psychological wellbeing of orphans in Malawi:
‘Forgetting’ as a means of recovering from parental death
Hutchinson, E;
Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care
See all Dr Eleanor Hutchinson's Publications