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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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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

A list of publications can be found here. For other resources and essential reading visit:

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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.

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Who we are
Profiles
Staff
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.

Coll Hutchison

Coll Hutchison

Research Fellow
Co-investigator on the ESRC AMIS Hub

Coll's current research explores the roles of moralising metaphors, modern myths and scientific knowledge in the production of different antibiotic and AMR politics.

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.

Justin Dixon

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.

Eleanor MacPherson

Eleanor MacPherson

Medical Anthropologist
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.

Nicolas
Fortane

Honorary Assistant Professor

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. Nicolas currently works as honorary assistant professor at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with the Anthropology of AMR research group.

Chris
Pinto

Research Fellow

Chris Pinto is a veterinarian from Peru. Currently, she works at the Global Health and Development department of the Public Health and Policy Faculty conducting a systematic review to identify intervention at the systems and structures levels that have the potential to reduce reliance on antibiotics in the everyday lives of people living with animals in LMIC urbanised and rural landscapes.

Jenny
Westad

Coordinator

Jenny has a background in public health and anthropology and is currently working as a Project Coordinator with the Anthropology of AMR research team. Jenny works across multiple projects for the team managing all financial aspects and non-academic outputs of the research grants.

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Students

  • 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.
  • Nicholas Dayie - Fleming Fellow (Laboratory Human Health), Ghana 
  • Jennifer Bonnah - Fleming Fellow, AMU Human Health, Ghana
  • Mary Nkansa - Fleming Fellow, AMU Animal Health, Ghana
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The AMIS programme promotes and produces high-quality research on antimicrobials in society by building on the latest developments in social and interdisciplinary research for innovative and insightful solutions to antimicrobial resistance.

Visit our AMIS Hub website - www.antimicrobialsinsociety.org – an online resource connecting you with the latest research, people and projects relevant to AMR from a societal perspective.

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The objective of FIEBRE is to provide evidence:

- on the most common infectious causes of fever;
- on antibiotic susceptibility of bacterial causes;
- on how local perceptions of fever affect treatment practices including the use of - diagnostics and antimicrobial drugs;
- to inform clinical guidelines and algorithms on how to manage non-malarial fevers.

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The Fleming Fund is a UK aid programme to help low and middle income countries to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The aim of the Fleming Fund is to get data relevant to AMR in the hands of decision makers. The Fleming Fellows activities are a collaboration between LSHTM (as host institution), beneficiary institutions (based in LMIC countries) and Fleming Fund delivery agents Mott MacDonald. 

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 The CaSAMS (Capacity Sharing for AntiMicrobial Stewardship) project is a partnership between Ugandan and UK institutions to establish the antimicrobial stewardship committee at Jinja regional referral hospital, Uganda, and strengthen its capacity to optimise antimicrobial treatment, and clinical outcomes, and infection prevention and control at patient, health facility and health system levels. The aims of antimicrobial stewardship are to improve patient outcomes and safety, and reduce spread of resistance and healthcare costs.

The project is running for one year to April 2020, and involves a needs assessment, development and implementation of activities to support the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at Jinja Hospital, and evaluation of the progress and impacts of these activities.

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Resources and publications
Resources
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
2018
Anthropology’s contribution to AMR control
Laurie Denyer-Willis and Clare Chandler
2018
The modern era must end: antibiotic resistance helps us rethink medicine and farming
Coll de Lima Hutchison, Gwen Knight, Richard Stabler, Clare Chandler
2018
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