Mr Coll Hutchison


Research Fellow

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)207 612 7837

Coll is a part-time anthropologist of science in the Anti-Microbials in Society (AMIS) Hub (, and the DFID funded Febrile Illness Evaluation in a Broad Range of Endemicities (FIEBRE) study.

His research seeks to combine political ecologies of health and disease with historical analysis and critical engagement with epidemiology and biological sciences, more broadly. His current research focuses on experts, antimicrobials and microbial resistance.

Coll has completed an interdisciplinary PhD and Masters in Science from LSHTM, and a Bachelors in Genetics from the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded a highly competitive NERC/ESRC studentship to complete his doctoral dissertation, Delivery Public Health: Mbya Guarani encounters in Misiones, Argentina.

His research has been funded by The Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC), the Department for International Development (DFID), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


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


Antimicrobial Resistance Centre


Coll is  the deputy organiser for the "Globalisation and Health" and a tutor for the  "Environmental Change and Global Health Policy" distance learning modules. He also lectures and teaches on the in-house Medical Anthropology module.


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

His current research aims to contribute to an anthropology of microbes, so as to explore the existential, political and disciplinary motivations of global health experts' attempts to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the possibilities of considering alternative strategies. He is currently funded to do this research as a co-investigator on a collaborative award through the UKRI’s Cross Council Initiative on AMR in Theme 4 and DfID funded FIEBRE programme.

Coll's present research builds on the work he conducted with his colleagues in 2016, which produced an account, ‘Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance Through Social Theory: An Anthropologically Oriented Report’ from a Wellcome Trust Seed Award. In addition, it also  draws on his consultancy work for the Fleming fund / Wellcome Trust, which mapped laboratory and surveillance capacity for detecting antimicrobial resistance in Ethiopia, Malawi and Vietnam.

Prior to this research, he 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, he spent time in Bangkok (Thailand) and Yunnan (SW China), where he 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. 

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

His doctoral research, involved ethnographic fieldwork with public health practitioners and indigenous communities (Mbya) in Misiones, Argentina. It sought to provide a critical 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.

Research Area
Drug resistance
Global Health
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)

Selected Publications

The modern era must end: antibiotic resistance helps us rethink medicine and farming
de Lima Hutchison, C.; Knight, G.; Stabler, R.; Chandler, C.
BMJ Opinion
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
Preventing emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis in Myanmar's transitioning health system.
Khan, M.S. ; Hutchison, C. ; Coker, R.J. ; Yoong, J. ; Hane, K.M. ; Innes, A.L. ; Khaing, T.M. ; Aung, S. ;
Health Policy Plan
Supporting surveillance capacity for antimicrobial resistance - laboratory capacity strengthening for drug resistant infections in low and middle income countries
Seale, A.C.; Hutchison, C.; Fernandes, S.; Kelly, H.; Stoesser, N.; Turner, P.; Hanson, K.; Chandler, C.; Goodman, C.; Stabler, R.; Lowe, B.; Scott, J.A.G.
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
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