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Dr Shelley Lees

PhD

Associate Professor
in Anthropology of Gender, Violence and HIV

Room
Room 313

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

Tel.
02079272586

The main focus of my research is exploring gender, violence, and epidemic diseases. My theoretical area focuses on the intersections between feminist anthropology and biopolitics.

With 25 years of working and living in Tanzania I have conducted anthropological studies to explore gender and power with a focus on sexuality and violence. My anthropological research on disease epidemics in Tanzania and Sierra Leone focuses local experiences of biomedical research and epidemic response. In this field, I also provide critical perspectives on biomedical practices.

Affiliations

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

Centres

Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

I have taught on a number of modules including Primary Health Care, Principles of Social Research, and Health Policy, Process and Power. I am currently co organiser for the Medical Anthropology and Public Health module.

Research

In Mwanza I am co-investigator and anthropological lead on the Maisha Trial (strive.lshtm.ac.uk/projects/maisha-microfinance-and-gender-training-reduce-violence-against-women). I am also conducting a study exploring impacts on gender equality and intimate partner violence with the UZIWKASA programme in Pangani (www.uzikwasa.or.tz). I have also conducted research on sexual violence against children in Zanzibar with Karen Devries and Louise Knight, which has also explored constructions of childhood amongst the Swahili and IPV. I have recently completed a study on cash transfers and IPV in Mali.

My research on anthropology of  epidemics has included research on sexuality and HIV as part of a microbicides trial and more recently, research on young women's experiences of PrEP (app.lshtm.ac.uk/projects/empower/), both conducted in Mwanza, Tanzania. 

A more recent focus of my research has been on emergent epidemics, including Ebola. I am the lead anthropologist on the EBOVAC-Salone Trial (www.ebovac.org) and work package lead on the ALERRT consortium, focusing on the social science of community engagement (www.alerrt.global). Finally, I am the PI on an anthropological investigation of vaccine deployment during epidemics.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Maternal health
Risk
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Vaccines
Viruses
Ethics
Gender
Ethnography
Qualitative methods
Violence
Discipline
Anthropology
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Sexually transmitted disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Sexually transmitted infection
Zoonotic disease
Country
Kenya
Sierra Leone
Tanzania
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

A social empowerment intervention to prevent intimate partner violence against women in a microfinance scheme in Tanzania: findings from the MAISHA cluster randomised controlled trial.
Kapiga S; Harvey S; Mshana G; Hansen CH; Mtolela GJ; Madaha F; Hashim R; Kapinga I; Mosha N; Abramsky T
2019
The Lancet. Global health
Knowledge, perceptions and experiences of trachoma among Maasai in Tanzania: Implications for prevention and control.
Mtuy TB; Burton MJ; Mwingira U; Ngondi JM; Seeley J; Lees S
2019
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Women’s income and risk of intimate partner violence: secondary findings from the MAISHA cluster randomised trial in North-Western Tanzania
Abramsky T; Lees S; Harvey S; Stoeckl H; Kapinga I; Ranganathan M; Mshana G; Kapiga S
2019
BMC Public Health
Measuring hope amongst Tanzanian women who participate in microfinance: An evaluation of the Snyder hope scale
Hansen CH; Lees S; Kapiga S; Seeley J; Barnett T
2019
Global Public Health
Prepared for the 'unexpected'? Lessons from the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa on integrating emergent theory designs into outbreak response.
Graham JE; Lees S; Le Marcis F; Faye SL; Lorway RR; Ronse M; Abramowitz S; Peeters Grietens K
2018
BMJ global health
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