Dr Erica Nelson
15-17 Tavistock Place
I recently joined LSHTM this April (2018) as a research fellow on Dr. Martin Gorsky's Wellcome Trust-funded "Health Systems in History". My current research concerns the history of health planning and health systems in Colombia in the period 1961 - 1993. I hold a BA from Wesleyan University (1999) and an MA and PhD in Latin American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008). Over the last ten years I have contributed to the development and implementation of health research interventions, predominantly in the area of sexual and reproductive health, as an 'embedded' anthropologist, a technical advisor, and a specialist in participatory ethnographic approaches. Most recently, I worked on the Accountability for Health Equity programme of research at the Institute of Development Studies (Brighton, UK). I continue my affiliation with IDS through participation in the UKAid-funded Future Health Systems research programme consortia. I am interested in the politics of evidence and knowledge flows in global health both past and present.
I teach on the DL module PHM215 "History and Health". I am also a supervisor of DL projects. I am a guest lecturer on the Brighton Sussex Medical School Global Health MSc programme.
My research on the history and anthropology of international public health/global health has focussed on relationships of power and hierarchies of knowledge that influence health policy decision-making and health intervention action, particularly with relationship to community-based approaches. My PhD work (Fulbright DDRA funded) concerned the development of family planning, and later sexual and reproductive health policies and programmes in Bolivia from the military dictatorship period to Evo Morales' electoral victory. Post-doctoral work with the University of Amsterdam's Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) involved facilitating community involvement and participatory research within the context of an multi-country EC FP7 framework-funded adolescent sexual and reproductive health intervention in Latin America. More recently, I have contributed to developing linkages between global health debates past and present through work on the "Accountability for Health Equity" programme of research at the Institute for Development Studies. Currently, I am working on sub-project of Dr. Martin Gorsky's "Health Systems in History" Wellcome Trust investigator award that seeks to examine the negotiation between ideals and realities at three distinct political and institutional levels of health planning and health systems reforms in Colombia (transnational, national and sub-national) between 1961 and 1993.