Isabelle Lange


Assistant Professor
in Anthropology

Room 14a

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2128

My PhD in anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Development (LSHTM) looked at identity transformation through the lens of surgical care, religious belief and international humanitarian work, for which I was based in Benin for fieldwork. I hold a MSc in medical anthropology (University College London) and a BA in social/cultural anthropology (Wesleyan University).


Department of Global Health and Development
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I co-organise the Foundations in Reproductive Health core module, am a personal tutor on the Public Health for Development (PH4D) and Reproductive and Sexual Health Research (RSHR) Masters, and a tutor on the distance learning medical anthropology module.


As a part of RECAP, I research questions of evidence conceptualization, production and use in humanitarian health care settings.

As a member of the maternal and neonatal health group, my research within a variety of projects focuses on maternal health policy and decision-making and the ethnography of health facility environments.

I am also interested in studying the impact of aid organisations; choices and identities surrounding health care and well being; personal and institutional responses to change; and the interplay between different beliefs and health systems.

In the past, I have worked with the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET), investigating the role of social franchising models in the private sector as a method of improving access to antenatal care and delivery and improving quality of care in Uganda and India (Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan). I studied clinical audits in maternal health with AudObEm, a randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of facility-based audits to improve the responsiveness of West African district hospitals to obstetric emergencies in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. I have also looked at the process of instituting the maternal death surveillance and response mechanism and scorecards in maternal health in Tanzania with E4A. As a part of FEMHealth (EU FP7), a project looking at the impact of the removal of obstetric user fees on maternity care in African countries, my research focused on two main areas: the quality of care in hospitals and the creation and transfer of health policy (in Morocco, Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali).

Research Area
Health policy
Maternal health
Research : policy relationship
Private sector
Qualitative methods
Burkina Faso
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The development of Afghanistan's Integrated Package of Essential Health Services: Evidence, expertise and ethics in a priority setting process.
Lange IL; Feroz F; Naeem AJ; Saeedzai SA; Arifi F; Singh N; Blanchet K
Social Science & Medicine
Care's profit: precarity and professionalisation of health workers in private maternal clinics in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, India
Lange IL; Bhadauria S; Singh S; Penn-Kekana L
Childbirth in South Asia: Old Challenges and New Paradoxes
The Ambiguity Imperative: \"Success\" in a Maternal Health Program in Uganda.
Lange IL; Nalwadda CK; Kiguli J; Penn-Kekana L
Medical anthropology
Affective Routes of Healing: Navigating Paths of Recovery in Urban and Rural West Africa
Lange I
Affective Trajectories: Religion and Emotion in African Cityscapes
Introduction Anthropological Knowledge and Practice in Global Health
Reynolds R; Lange IL
Anthropology in Action
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