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Coll Hutchison

BSc MSc PhD

Research Fellow

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

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7636 8636

I have an academic background in genetics (BSc), epidemiology (MSc) and an interdisciplinary PhD funded by a competitive NERC/ESRC studentship. I conducted my doctoral research with public health practitioners and indigenous communities (Mbya) in Misiones, Argentina. It drew heavily on social anthropology and ethnography to provide a theoretical reflection on how public health practitioners’ concepts of health – informed by biomedical approaches – engaged with the contrasting conceptualisation of health as practiced by the Mbya, without a priori assumption that differences in health practices were barriers to achieving good health.

Affiliations

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

Centres

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Teaching

I am a tutor for the distance learning module, "Environmental Change and Global Health Policy" and the author for a number of sessions, including on the Anthropocene and global health policy. I am also the deputy organiser for the "Globalisation and Health" distance learning module.

Research

I have broad interests in the anthropology of science, epidemiology of infectious diseases and a critical political economy/ecology of (global) health. I conduct interdisciplinary research using quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches in collaboration with anthropologists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, clinicians and economists.

I am currently working on a Wellcome Trust Seed Award titled, 'Rationalising Antimicrobials: Science, policy and care' a Fleming fund / Wellcome Trust project to map out laboratory and surveillance capacity for detecting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Ethiopia, Malawi and Vietnam. My overall aim with this research is to contribute to an anthropology of microbes, so as to explore the existential, political and disciplinary motivations of (global) health researchers' proposals to address AMR and the possibilities of considering alternative strategies. 

Prior to this research, I was based in Yangon (Burma/Myanmar) co-coordinating an epidemiological case-control study on risk factors for the development of multi-drug resistant TB. In addition, I spent time in Bangkok (Thailand) and Yunnan (SW China), where I conducted qualitative research on barriers and coping strategies in relation to TB and MDR-TB care. Both these projects were funded by USAID, with FHI360 acting as the international and in-country partner. 

I have also conducted a mixed-methods analysis of the "social lives" of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria in drug shops, as well an epidemiological analysis of risk factors for low birth weight in a low transmission malaria settings in SW Uganda.

Research Area
Drug resistance
Globalisation
Ethics
Global Health
Ethnography
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Anthropology
Epidemiology
Genetics
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Country
Argentina
China
Myanmar
Thailand
Uganda
Region
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)

Selected Publications

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 Global Health
Improving indigenous maternal and child health
Crivelli, V.; Hautecouer, J.; Hutchison, C.; Llamas, A.; Stephens, C.
State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013
Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Malaria Prevention in Pregnancy in Low and Unstable Transmission: Results of a Randomised Controlled Trial
Ndyomugyenyi, R.; Clarke, S.E.; Hutchison, C.; Hansen, K.S.; Chandramohan, D.; Magnussen, P.
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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