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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

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

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

"We are the heroes because we are ready to die for this country": Participants' decision-making and grounded ethics in an Ebola vaccine clinical trial.
Tengbeh, A.F. ; Enria, L. ; Smout, E. ; Mooney, T. ; Callaghan, M. ; Ishola, D. ; Leigh, B. ; Watson-Jones, D. ; Greenwood, B. ; Larson, H. ; Lees, S. ;
2018
Soc Sci Med
Risk perception and the influence on uptake and use of biomedical prevention interventions for HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic literature review.
Warren, E.A. ; Paterson, P. ; Schulz, W.S. ; Lees, S. ; Eakle, R. ; Stadler, J. ; Larson, H.J. ;
2018
PLoS One
Power, fairness and trust: understanding and engaging with vaccine trial participants and communities in the setting up the EBOVAC-Salone vaccine trial in Sierra Leone.
Enria, L. ; Lees, S. ; Smout, E. ; Mooney, T. ; Tengbeh, A.F. ; Leigh, B. ; Greenwood, B. ; Watson-Jones, D. ; Larson, H. ;
2016
BMC Public Health
Understanding motives for intravaginal practices amongst Tanzanian and Ugandan women at high risk of HIV infection: the embodiment of social and cultural norms and well-being
Lees, S.; Zalwango, F.; Andrew, B.; Vandepitte, J.; Seeley, J.; Hayes, R.J.; Francis, S.C.
2014
Social Science and Medicine
Understanding the linkages between informal and formal care for people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
Lees, S. ; Kielmann, K. ; Cataldo, F. ; Gitau-Mburu, D. ;
2012
Glob Public Health
Sexual risk behaviour for women working in recreational venues in Mwanza, Tanzania: considerations for the acceptability and use of vaginal microbicide gels
Lees, S.; Desmond, N.; Allen, C.; Bugeke, G.; Vallely, A.; Ross, D.; Microbicides Dev, P.
2009
Culture Health & Sexuality
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