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Professor Shelley Lees

PhD

Professor
in Anthropology of Public Health

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

Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
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 part of the teaching group 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 (AViD) (avidproject.co.uk)

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
Ebola
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kenya
Sierra Leone
Tanzania
Uganda
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

\"Violence against women and children'. Lecture and seminar for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health module for MSc students in the University of Oxford
Lees S; Bhatia A
2021
Key social science priorities for long-term COVID-19 response.
Lees S; Sariola S; Schmidt-Sane M; Enria L; Tan K-A; Aedo A; Peeters Grietens K; Kaawa-Mafigiri D; COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition Social Science Working Grou
2021
BMJ Global Health
One size does not fit all: adapt and localise for effective, proportionate and equitable responses to COVID-19 in Africa.
MacGregor H; Leach M; Tshangela A; Hrynick TA; Lees S; Niederberger E; Parker M; Ripoll Lorenzo S; Rohan H; Schmidt-Sane M
2021
Family medicine and community health
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