Dr Frederick Martineau
BSc MB ChB DTMH MRCPCH MSc
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am a health systems researcher using predominantly anthropological methods to conduct health systems research in low and middle income countries. My main research interests are in health system responses to epidemics and other humanitarian crises, health system accountability and care relations at the interface between formal and non-formal health care institutions
I am currently completing my PhD developing a practice-based account of health system responses to crisisin Sierra Leone. I am a medical doctor by background, specialising in paediatrics, and previously worked for the NHS for five years as well as in Sierra Leone supporting government child health services as a Medical Coordinator for an NGO. I previously worked as a Clinical Research Fellow in the Dept for Health Services Research and Policy researching UK local government alcohol policy, and coordinated the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform.
I am Module Organiser for the distance learning Health Systems module. I have previously been a seminar lead on the in-house Health Systems module and have also co-led and taught on the undergraduate Global Maternal and Child Health module at the Institute of Global Health, UCL, and Global Health Policy, University of Bristol.
I am currently involved in two main research projects. With RECAP, a large GCRF-funded research project, I am conducting research to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics. In particular, I am conducting an ethnographic relational life history study with community health workers in Sierra Leone, to show how relations of responsibility, obligation, dominance and subordination between community health workers and different public authorities shape community health practice in Sierra Leone.
The Wellcome-funded Pandemic Preparedness Project examines ‘preparedness from below’ – the understandings and practices of communities through which they anticipate and manage disease threats on a daily basis. My research focuses mainly on national-level pandemic preparedness in Sierra Leone to investigate how actors, institutions and relations approach risk and uncertainty, knowledge and information, and agency and authority with respect to health events and threats.