mw. B.C. (Bregje) de Kok

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
  • Bezoekadres
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: C5.08
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15509
    1001 NA  Amsterdam

I joined the Anthropology department as Assistant Professor in August 2015.  I am a member of the Health , Care and the Body team.


In terms of my training and work, I straddle the domains of anthropology, sociology, psychology and public health. I received a PhD (2007) and MSc in psychology (2002) from the University of Edinburgh and a MA in Psychology ( cum laude)  from the Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining the University of Amsterdam, I was lecturer at the Institute for International Health and Development (IIHD) at Queen Margaret University and I  am still affiliated with IIHD. From  2006  until 2008 I  worked as postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh on an interdisciplinary ESRC-MRC fellowship . Before that, I worked in Nursing studies at the University of Edinburgh where I was part of a research team examining changes in the health visiting service in Scotland and whether this service addresses the needs of  Pakistani and Chinese mothers in Scotland.

Key themes in my research are the normative and moral aspects of sexual and reproductive health and how these affect community members' and health professionals'  behaviours, and the interaction between them. Through my research I seek to contribute to the development of  health systems, policies and interventions tailored to local realities. In addition to ethnographic methods, I use discourse and conversation analysis in my work.

In 2012 I was awarded an early career fellowship by the Independent Social Research Foundation to study providers’ and community members’ interpretations of  accountability and blame in relation to reproductive loss (e.g. miscarriages, abortions, infertility) and maternal mortality in Malawi. Through this project I seek to contribute to our understanding of accountability 'from below' and people-centred health systems. 

Since 2014 I work as discourse analyst on the project 'Generating accountability for maternal health outcomes in Nigeria through audit and improvement of maternity record linkage systems' funded by the MacArthur foundation (PI Dr. Julia Hussein, University of Aberdeen; Co-I Women's Health Action Research Centre, Nigeria). In this project we examine the process of maternal death reviews through a detailed analysis of the interactions between different team members in MDR meetings. We seek to unpack the 'black box' of these reviews by examining the discursive strategies used, and their functions and effects for instance in terms of multidisciplinary participation, joint problem solving and managing accountability for maternal deaths .     



  • de Kok, B. C., Imamura, M., Kanguru, L., Owolabi, T., Okonofua, F., & Hussein, J. (2016). Achieving accountability through Maternal Death Reviews in Nigeria: A process analysis. Health Policy and Planning[details]
  • Cook, S., & de Kok, B. C. (2016). "It's a very complicated issue here": Using diffusion of innovation theory to understand the limited and declining use of Manual Vacuum Aspiration for postabortion care in Malawi. Health Policy and Planning[details]


  • Hogg, R., de Kok, B. C., Netto, G., Hanley, J., & Haycock-Stuart, E. (2014). Supporting Pakistani and Chinese families with young children: perspectives of mothers and health visitors. Child: Care, Health and Development, 41(3). DOI: 10.1111/cch.12154 [details]
  • Simwaka, A. N. K., de Kok, B. C., & Chilemba, W. (2014). Women’s Perceptions of Nurses’ Caring Behaviours during Perinatal Loss in Lilongwe, Malawi: An Exploratory Study. Malawi Medical Journal, 26(1), 8-11. [details]


  • de Kok, B. C. (2013). Infertility and relationships: the importance of constructions in context. Families, Relationships and Societies, 2(1), 23-42. DOI: 10.1332/204674313X664680 [details]
  • Hogg, R., Ritchie, D., de Kok, B. C., Wood, C., & Huby, G. (2013). Parenting support for families with young children - a public health, user-focused study undertaken in a semi-rural area of Scotland. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22, 1140-1150. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12185 [details]


  • de Kok, B. C. (2012). Discursive Psychology and its potential to make a difference. In Advances in Health Psychology: Critical Approaches. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]


  • de Kok, B. C. (2010). Interpersonal issues in expressing lay knowledge: A discursive psychology approach. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 1190-1200. DOI: 10.1177/1359105310364437 [details]
  • de Kok, B. C., Hussein, J., & Jeffery, P. (2010). Introduction: Loss in childbearing in resource-poor settings. Social Science & Medicine, 71(10), 1702-1710. [details]


  • de Kok, B. C. (2009). 'Automatically you become a polygamist': 'Culture' and 'norms' as resources for normalisation and managing accountability in talk about infertility. Health, 13, 197-217. DOI: 10.1177/1363459308099684 [details]


  • de Kok, B. C. (2008). The role of context in conversation analysis: Reviving an interest in ethno-methods. Journal of Pragmatics, 40(5), 886-903. DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2007.09.007 [details]
  • de Kok, B. C., & Widdicombe, S. (2008). ‘I really tried’: Management of normative issues in accounts of responses to infertility. Social Science & Medicine, 67, 1083-1093. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.05.007 [details]


  • de Kok, B. C. (2008). Infertility in Malawi: Exploring its impact and social consequences. Edinburgh: CRFR. [details]
  • de Kok, B. C. (2008). Talking about infertility in Malawi. A starting point for developing interventions in order to alleviate the problem of infertility. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh. [details]


  • de Kok, B. C. (2013). The role of discourse analysis in critical health psychology. Connected, 1(4), 3. [details]


  • de Kok, B. C., Laurier, E., & Widdicombe, S. (2012). Managing adherence to ART: What lessons can we learn from the analysis of provider-client interactions? Edinburgh: Queen Margaret University. [details]
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