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Dr Erica Nelson

MA PhD

Research Fellow

Room
204

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7612 7885

I am a historian and anthropologist with a strong background in community engagement, primary health care research, and the politics of public health in Latin America. I've been engaged in qualitative and historical research on community-based public health programmes and health policy-making processes for the last 14 years, with specialist knowledge of the Andes region. I joined LSHTM in 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 development in Colombia in the period 1957 - 1993. I hold a BA from Wesleyan University (1999) and an MA and PhD in Latin American History (minor Anthropology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008). 

Affiliations

Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Centre for History in Public Health

Teaching

I teach on the DL module PHM215 "History and Health". I am also a supervisor of DL projects for GHM300.

Research

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 1957 and 1993.

Research Area
Health policy
Health systems
Public health history
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Gender
Global Health
Ethnography
Inequalities
Reproductive health
Discipline
Anthropology
Development studies
History
Country
Bolivia
Colombia
Ecuador
Nicaragua
Peru
Region
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Reclaiming comprehensive public health
Loewenson R; Accoe K; Bajpai N; Buse K; Deivanayagam TA; London L; Méndez CA; Mirzoev T; Nelson E; Parray AA
2020
BMJ Global Health
'I'm Not that Kind of Doctor'
Nelson E
2019
Anthropology in Action
Notes on Article Contributors
Nelson E
2018
IDS Bulletin
Introduction: Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising a Movement for Universal Health Coverage
Nelson E; Bloom G; Shankland A
2018
IDS BULLETIN-INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Latin America: reflections from an International Congress.
Córdova Pozo K; Chandra-Mouli V; Decat P; Nelson E; De Meyer S; Jaruseviciene L; Vega B; Segura Z; Auquilla N; Hagens A
2015
Reproductive health
The unintended consequences of sex education: an ethnography of a development intervention in Latin America.
Nelson E; Edmonds A; Ballesteros M; Encalada Soto D; Rodriguez O
2014
Anthropology & medicine
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