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Melissa Parker

BA DPhil

Professor
of Medical Anthropology

Room
325

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

Tel.
0207 927 2753

I am a member of the the Department of Global Health and Development. My research builds on a multi-disciplinary training in Human Sciences and a DPhil (which combined methods and approaches current in social and biological anthropology) from Oxford University. Research questions have typically emerged from extensive periods of ethnographic fieldwork, and engage with global health policies and practice. Topics investigated include mental health and healing in war zones, health-related quality of life in Kenya, female circumcision in northern Sudan, HIV/AIDS and sexual networks in the UK, and biosocial approaches to the control of neglected tropical diseases in Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. In October 2014, I established the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform with colleagues from the Institute of Development Studies and the Universities of Sussex, Exeter and Njala, Sierra Leone.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development

Teaching

Melissa Parker teaches on the modules 'Principles in Social Research' and 'Medical Anthropology and Public Health'. She is a tutor on the MSc 'Public Health for Development' and has PhD students working on Biosocial Anthropology, Neglected Tropical Diseases and the impact of Ebola on health systems in West Africa.

Research

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I have wide-ranging research interests in the anthropology of global health policies and practice. Current research involves contributing to the following multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects:

Pandemic preparedness: local and global concepts and practices in tackling disease threats in Africa

RECAP – Research capacity building and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics.

Centre for Public Authority and International Development

Return, Responsibility and Reintegration in Central Africa: A multi-disciplinary exploration into endemic violence and social repair

Building resilient health systems: lessons from international, national and local emergency responses to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone

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Research Area
Conflict
Health care policy
Health inequalities
Health policy
Health systems
Helminths
Infectious disease policy
Parasites
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Risk
Science policy
Social and structural determinants of health
Disease control
Ethics
Evaluation
Evidence use
Global Health
Ethnography
Impact evaluation
Inequalities
Medicines
Mixed methods
Outbreaks
Implementation research
Public understanding
Violence
Discipline
Anthropology
Development studies
Social Sciences
Social Policy
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Mental health
Pandemic diseases
Trachoma
Emerging Infectious Disease
Lymphatic filariasis
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Schistosomiasis
Sexually transmitted infection
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
Country
United Kingdom
Kenya
Sudan
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
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