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Striving to understand and overcome the challenges to human and animal health in an unpredictable world. 

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Meet our LSHTM anthropologists, producing research meaningful for health.

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Anthropologists are based across all LSHTM faculties. We work at the intersection of disciplines and methodological approaches to produce research that is meaningful for understanding and acting on health. 

See this document for a compendium of our profiles.

Select a name to learn more about individual anthropologists’ profiles, research and publications. 

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Dr Femke Bannink Mbazzi

Femke
Bannink Mbazzi

Associate Professor
Dr Nadine Beckmann

Nadine
Beckmann

Associate Professor in Social Science

Sarah
Bernays

Associate Professor
Prof Ginny Bond

Ginny
Bond

Professor of Anthropology Public Health
Dr Dorien Braam

Dorien
Braam

Assistant Professor in Social Science
Prof Clare Chandler

Clare
Chandler

Professor of Medical Anthropology
Dr Tracey Chantler

Tracey
Chantler

Associate Professor
Dr Anna Cronin de Chavez

Anna
Cronin de Chavez

Research Fellow in Global Mental Health
Prof Simon Cohn

Simon
Cohn

Professor
 Brahima Amara Diallo

Brahima Amara
Diallo

Post Doctoral Researcher
Dr Justin Dixon

Justin
Dixon

Assistant Professor
Dr Diane Duclos

Diane
Duclos

Assistant Professor

Luisa
Enria

Associate Professor
Dr Anushé Hassan

Anushé
Hassan

Research Fellow
Dr Eleanor Hutchinson

Eleanor
Hutchinson

Associate Professor

Penda Johm

Dr Ben Kasstan-Dabush

Ben
Kasstan-Dabush

Assistant Professor
Dr Isabelle Lange

Isabelle
Lange

Assistant Professor in Health Systems

Heidi
Larson

Prof of Anthropology, Risk & Decision Sc
Prof Shelley Lees

Shelley
Lees

Professor Anthropology of Public Health
Dr Constance Mackworth-Young

Constance
Mackworth-Young

Assistant Professor
Mr Mark Marchant

Mark
Marchant

Research Fellow

Frederick
Martineau

Research Fellow

Jennifer
Palmer

Associate Professor-RECAP

Loveday
Penn-Kekana

Assistant Professor

Anna
Perris

Research Assistant - Digital Analytics
Miss Veronika Reichenberger

Veronika
Reichenberger

Research Fellow
Prof Rebecca Sear

Rebecca
Sear

Professor of Population & Health

Godfrey Siu

Prof Janet Seeley

Janet
Seeley

Professor of Anthropology and Health
Dr Yang Zhao

Yang
Zhao

Research Fellow in Social Science
Research degree students
Ms Emily Eldred

Emily
Eldred

Research Assistant
Ms Praveena Fernes

Praveena
Fernes

Research Assistant

Lebohang
Letsela

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy
Mr Anthony Mansaray

Anthony
Mansaray

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy
Ms Yolanda Moyo

Yolanda
Moyo

Research Student - DrPH - Public Health & Policy

Sophie
Mylan

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy

Christine
Nabirye

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy

Oyinkansola
Ojo-aromokudu

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy

Rene
Raad

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy
Ms Esther Rottenburg

Esther
Rottenburg

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy

Esther
Sharma

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy

Georgia
Venner

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Public Health & Policy
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Anthropology at LSHTM is distinct and dynamic. At LSHTM, anthropologists conduct a range of research, collaborate through teaching and provide spaces for connecting and keeping up-to-date with developments in the discipline. LSHTM anthropologists also share a commitment to interdisciplinary working, with multiple opportunities to engage in conversations and research across disciplines, such as medicine, epidemiology, history and economics.

Research activity

The research activities of anthropologists at LSHTM contribute to improvements in the ways health is understood, practiced and studied. Our research dives in detail into a wide range of topics, and a wide range of settings around the globe. Across these topics and settings, LSHTM anthropologists are attending to people’s experiences of health and illness, inequalities and injustice, the body, the politics of care, biomedical technologies, health professions, non-human relations, infrastructures, climate breakdown, migration and mobility, corruption and crises, among other concerns. 

Our research engages with topics including epidemics, substance use, vaccines, one health, end of life, birth, adolescence, multimorbidity, antimicrobial resistance, conflict, mental wellbeing, specific diseases including HIV/TB/malaria/Ebola/COVID-19, health systems and hygiene.  

For further information about our research, please see profile pages of anthropologists listed in ‘People.’

Outcomes from our research is published in a range of formats, from discipline-specific journals such as Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Medicine Anthropology Theory, Anthropology & Medicine, Social Science and Medicine and Medical Anthropology, to monographs, development journals such as World Development and public health journals such as the Lancet, Nature, the BMJ Global Health and regional and disease specific journals. We also publish for a more general audience through communications in venues such as the Conversation. Anthropologists at LSHTM work at the interface with policy, including as independent experts, translating research into policy recommendations at national and international levels of health governance. Our outputs extend beyond traditional written formats, for example the film, 'Tarma' presents how frontline responders, from epidemiologists and clinicians to community health workers, civil society activists and traditional healers in Sierra Leone’s Kambia District developed imaginative ways to come together to respond to health emergencies in the aftermath of the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic. The film was made collaboratively with Sepctacle and a community advisory group and was shown at the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, the Montecatini International Short Film Festival and a number of universities. Similarly, the Taura play was produced with adolescents about adolescent health and wellbeing in Zimbabwe and performed in multiple Theatres.

Our anthropologists present research findings at a range of conferences, including the Society of Medical Anthropology, the American Anthropological Association meetings, the Association of Social Anthropologists, the European Association of Social Anthropologists, the Society for the Social Studies of Science as well as at major health forums such as ASTMH, ESCMID International AIDS Society conferences, and at smaller venues and in regional and national level conferences in Africa, Asia and South America. 

Teaching 

Anthropologists at LSHTM teach on MSc programmes and modules across faculties, with strong recognition of the need to include an anthropological perspective amongst others in many subject areas. Students can also choose to take the popular Medical Anthropology and Public Health module, which is offered face-to-face as well as distance learning. Anthropologists supervise multiple MSc dissertation projects each year. 

Our anthropologists frequently provide training, and produce training guides, to strengthen capacity in anthropological approaches in health research. For example, a guide to a broad brush survey approach for rapid community assessments, and a guide and protocol examples for formative research for health interventions.

Supervision 

LSHTM is a popular choice for PhD students keen to study medical anthropology in a strong public health research institution. Our students receive funding from a range of sources, including the Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council and a range of charitable funders including the Medical Research Foundation, Reckitt and the Wellcome Trust.

Current student spotlight: An example from Esther Sharma's work:

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Space for connection 

Anthropologists at LSHTM meet through various fora, including the Anthropological Approaches to Global Health group in the department of Global Health and Development, to share insights, learning and to develop new research. Early career researchers, including postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students, can present their research and hear from anthropologists’ works in a range of events such as masterclasses and the Kritikos Study Group, an informal discussion group for qualitative researchers, and country specific groups such as the Zimbabwe Social Science Research Group. LSHTM anthropologists also invest in capacity sharing, to strengthen learning between anthropological networks in lower, higher and middle income countries. This includes involvement in networks such as the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform, Sonar Global and the Royal Anthropological Institute. 

 
Events

Anthropologists at LSHTM run the Medical Anthropology Seminar series, invited talks that explore the social, political, economic and cultural factors that shape health and well being. The series includes guest speakers from other institutions as well as from within LSHTM. 

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