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Dr Eleanor Hutchinson

BA MA PhD

Assistant Professor
in Anthropology and Health Systems

Room
Room 324

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 20 7612 7807

I trained as a Development Anthropologist with Sandra Wallman at University College London and then 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 joined LSHTM in 2008.

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development

Teaching

I'm the module organiser for Medical Anthropology in Public Health (DL) and have overseen critical developments in the course. I deliver the lecture "People Centred Health Systems" on the in house Health Systems Course and the lecture on International Development and Global Health.  

Research

My research focuses primarily on informality in health systems. This includes examining how social and political networks shape everyday practice and experience in health systems and the unintended consequences of policy change and public health interventions. I draw on social science theory and political economy to do this. 

I have two main arenas in which I work. The first is in the medicines retail sector, where I have traced how ways of distributing medicines in these highly informal spaces are shaped by socio-economic and political networks, policy changes, public health interventions and social relations. The second is in the formal health system where I have looked at how health workers incorporate change into daily practice and care giving; and more recently how corruption shapes the delivery of care and is shaped by social networks and political systems within and beyond the health system. My research has been funded by MRC, DFID and Wellcome. 

Research Area
Health policy
Health systems
Research : policy relationship
Private sector
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Anthropology
Development studies
Economics
Operational research
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Malaria
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Where Do We Start? Building Consensus on Drivers of Health Sector Corruption in Nigeria and Ways to Address It.
Onwujekwe O; Orjiakor CT; Hutchinson E; McKee M; Agwu P; Mbachu C; Ogbozor P; Obi U; Odii A; Ichoku H
2019
International Journal of Health Policy and Management
We Need to Talk About Corruption in Health Systems.
Hutchinson E; Balabanova D; McKee M
2018
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
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
2018
Social science & medicine (1982)
Doubt, defiance, and identity: Understanding resistance to male circumcision for HIV prevention in Malawi.
Parkhurst JO; Chilongozi D; Hutchinson E
2015
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
2014
Critical public health
Translating evidence into policy in low-income countries: lessons from co-trimoxazole preventive therapy.
Hutchinson E; Droti B; Gibb D; Chishinga N; Hoskins S; Phiri S; Parkhurst J
2011
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
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 DM; Chishinga N; Droti B; Hoskins S
2011
Health research policy and systems
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