Dr Rebecca Lynch
BA MSc PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
I hold a PhD Social Anthropology from UCL and have worked in public health research on various projects since 2004.
My PhD examined constructions of the body, illness and wider misfortune in an Evangelical Christian village in Trinidad. In my UK-based work I have examined public health and medical constructions of risk, the body and health, and health technologies through projects examining social determinants of health and impact of place, self-monitoring to increase physical activity, debate around e-cigarettes, blood donation, and surgery for urinary incontinence in women. My recent work has focused on constructions of bodily boundaries and time and the body, and I have co-edited special issues on new theoretical approaches to the body in medical anthropology and posthuman approaches in global public health.
I have co-edited three books (Cosmos, Gods and Madmen; Quantified Lives and Vital Data; Posthumanism and Public Health) and am part of the editorial team on the journal Anthropology and Medicine. I co-run the Medical Anthropology Seminar Series here at LSHTM with Melissa Parker.
I teach on the Medical Anthropology and Public Health MSc module and am Deputy Module Organiser for the distance learning Medical Anthropology and Public Health module. I am a tutor for students undertaking the MSc in Public Health and supervise research students.
I am interested in constructions of the body, health, and illness in medical, moral, and religious frameworks and through interaction with the non-human (technology, protocols, bodily fluids, spirit agents). I am currently working on the following projects:
Liquid bodies: focusing on liquid within the body, and the material nature of the body as a way of examining constructions of the body as ‘whole’, ‘bounded’ and ‘natural’. These projects question where bodily boundaries lie and what might be included as part/not part of the body, as well as seeing the body as always in the process of being made. These projects have looked at bodily fluids- blood and urine, in careful removal via blood donation and 'leaking' through urinary incontinence. These have also focused on the role of technologies in constructing particular types of bodies.
Plastic bodies in time and place: examining the relationship between bodies and environments and how these are made over time.
Constructing the future in relation to health and medicine: work that looks at how particular futures are constructed, what pasts are drawn in doing this, what anxieties and risks are envisioned, how these futures are used and what they do.
I am also interested in how anthropologists might contribute to new work on antimicrobial resistance and how insights from this work may contribute to medical anthropology.