Dr Eleanor Hutchinson


Assistant Professor
in Anthropology and Health Systems

Room 324

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 20 7612 7807

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'm 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 SG
Social science & medicine (1982)
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 SE; Mbonye A; Chandler CIR
BMJ global health
Doubt, defiance, and identity: Understanding resistance to male circumcision for HIV prevention in Malawi.
Parkhurst JO; Chilongozi D; Hutchinson E
Social science & medicine (1982)
'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
Critical public health
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