Dr Myfanwy James
BA MSc DPhil
15-17 Tavistock Place
My research focuses on the political dimensions of humanitarian intervention in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, I am conducting ethnographic research on experiences of the Ebola epidemic and biomedical interventions in North Kivu, DRC, as well as the politics surrounding a new vaccine trial in the province.
Before joining LSHTM, I conducted ethnographic research on the everyday practices of negotiating humanitarian access with armed groups in North Kivu. My research explored what ‘negotiating access’ looks like on the ground: a social and political process of brokerage, perception management and interest seeking in a complex web of relations. My research seeks to better understand the experiences of people representing humanitarian agencies in practice, as they interact with a wide range of different actors in areas where governance is a process of continious negotiation.
I completed my DPhil (PhD) at University of Oxford, Department of International Development. I also have a Masters Degree in International Development from the London School of Economics, and a bachelors degree in History from the University of Bristol.