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Anthropology of Antimicrobial Resistance Research Group

Anthropology of Antimicrobial Resistance Research Group

A group of anthropology staff and students who research antimicrobial resistance in science, policy and practice.

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About us

We apply social theories such as medicalisation, care, science and technology studies, global health assemblages and multi-species perspectives to the study of antimicrobial resistance.

Who we are

Learn more about the skills and experience of our research group team.

Resources & publications

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The Anthropology of AMR group applies social theories such as medicalisation, care, science & technology studies, global health assemblages and multi-species perspectives to the study of antimicrobial resistance.

Our projects

We received a collaborator award of over £1.7million from the ESRC-led Theme 4 of the cross-Research Council Tackling AMR Initiative to start up the Antimicrobials In Society (AMIS) Hub. This involves research in Uganda and Thailand, and a platform to stimulate fresh perspectives in social research on AMR.

We are also funded by a Department for International Development grant, the Febrile Illness Evaluation in a Broad Range of Endemicities (FIEBRE) project, to study antimicrobial use in practice in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Myanmar.

The Anthropology of AMR group also has a small award from the World Health Organisation to support development of tools to understand knowledge practices of health professionals around AMR, with qualitative research in 9 LMIC settings.

The group completed a year-long project in 2016 funded by a seed award from the Wellcome Trust, entitled ‘The Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance: Applying Theory to Practice’.

We have a number of PhD studentships within the group, with research areas including, traditional medicine in China, and antibiotics for companion animals in the UK.

Resources and publications
The Constructing of Antimicrobial Resistance: A Workshop. 3rd August 2016, Latimer Place, Chesham, UK.
Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance Through Social Theory: An Anthropologically Oriented Report
Chandler, C; Hutchinson, E; Hutchison, C (2016)
Technical Report. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Antimicrobial Resistance and Anthropology: Research Brief.
Chandler, C.I.R., and Hutchinson, C. (2016)
ESRC AMR Research Champion/University of Bristol.
Antibiotic prescribing and resistance: Views from low- and middle-income prescribing and dispensing professionals
Doble A, Glogowski R, Ibezim S, Lazenby T, Heilie Redai A, Shaikh N, Treharne A, Yardakul S, Yemanaberhan R, Reynolds L, Chandler C
Anthropology’s contribution to AMR control
Laurie Denyer-Willis and Clare Chandler
The modern era must end: antibiotic resistance helps us rethink medicine and farming
Coll de Lima Hutchison, Gwen Knight, Richard Stabler, Clare Chandler
Who we are
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Dr Clare Chandler - Professor in Medical Anthropology, LSHTM
Clare has researched the use of antimicrobial medicines and diagnostics in global health since 2004 with a particular focus on East Africa. She is the co-Director of the LSHTM Antimicrobial Resistance Centre, PI on the ESRC AMIS Hub grant, co-I on the FIEBRE grant and PI on the WHO AMR awareness grant. Her current research seeks to expand our understanding of the roles antimicrobials in societies around the globe.

Dr Coll Hutchison - Anthropologist of science and co-investigator on the ESRC AMIS Hub grant
Coll's current research explores the roles of moralising metaphors, modern myths and scientific knowledge in the production of different antibiotic and AMR politics.

Dr Laurie Denyer Willis - Research Fellow (AMIS)
Laurie is a medical anthropologist concerned with the urban and political ecologies of health and disease in post-colonial landscapes. Her research explores animal-human relations, religion, and shifting meanings of care.

Dr Justin Dixon - Research Fellow (FIEBRE)
Justin is a medical anthropologist in the LSHTM Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre and is currently working on the social science component of the FIEBRE study in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia.

Dr Eleanor MacPherson - Research Fellow (FIEBRE)
Ellie is a medical anthropologist with expertise in gender theory and has carried out extensive fieldwork in Malawi and South Africa. Her most recent work had been in West Africa where she has lead social science research in Ghana and Cameroon.

Maddy Pearson - Research Assistant / PhD Student
Maddy is a research assistant looking at AMR awareness and how knowledge relates to the wider social determinants of antibiotic prescribing and dispensing across LMIC settings. Maddy is also a LSHTM PhD student funded by the ESRC.

Nicolas Fortane
Nicolas is a sociologist at INRA (French Institute for Agricultural Research), in Paris-Dauphine University. His research focuses on the construction of the AMR public problem in agriculture, veterinary drug regulation and the transformations of farm animal veterinary medicine.

He is particularly interested in veterinary practices, knowledge and professional organization and business models: how are they embedded in the socio-economic structures of livestock production systems and how do they shape the definition of legitimate use of antimicrobials? Nicolas currently works as honorary assistant professor at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with the Anthropology of AMR research group.


  • Alice Tompson - Antibiotic Use in the Care of Pet Dogs: A Mixed-Methods Anthropologically Informed Study.
  • Esther Rottenburg - Rationality, antibiotics and interdisciplinary AMR science in Uganda.
  • Maddy Pearson - Beyond the bugs, beyond the binaries: Re-imagining human microbe relations through a ‘living with’ approach to hygiene and sanitation.
  • Manuel Campinas - An ethnography of human medicinal relations among the Qiang ethnic minority: Investigating the integration of ethnomedicine in Western Sichuan.
  • Salome Manyau - Managing everyday fever: an ethnographic study of antibiotic use in Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Susan Nayiga - Understanding how and why antimicrobials are deployed in everyday life in Uganda: an ethnographic study of lives, livestock and livelihoods in Tororo.
  • Yuzana Khine Zaw - Care and beyond: An ethnographic study of the roles of antibiotics in women’s lives in Yangon, Myanmar.