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mw. dr. E.M. (Eileen) Moyer

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
    Programmagroep: Globalising Culture and the Quest for Belonging
  • Bezoekadres
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: B5.08
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15509
    1001 NA  Amsterdam


After completing her PhD (2003, University of Amsterdam), Eileen Moyer began working as a lecturer in the Amsterdam Masters in Medical Anthropology program and as a post-doctoral researcher in the AIDS Medicines in Resource Poor Settings (now Anthropology of AIDS in the 21 st Century) research group at the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, both at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2004 she has coordinated and managed five externally funded international research projects within the AIDS in the 21 st Century research group. In October 2008, she was appointed as an assistant professor in cultural and medical anthropology in the Sociology and Cultural Anthropology department. She continues her research, which focuses mainly on HIV/AIDS, youth, and urbanizing Africa, as a member of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, and is currently the research coordinator and project manager for the WOTRO-funded IntegratedProgram, Filling the Gap: Social institutions and AIDS in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia.   Her current research focuses on HIV patient activism in eastern Africa.


For her PhD research Eileen Moyer did extensive anthropological fieldwork on the social worlds and health concerns of poor urban street youth in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since, she has been involved in comparative studies of access to health care for marginalized communities, focusing on HIV-related care and treatment, and sexual and reproductive health more generally among migrant populations. These studies involve anthropological fieldwork in diverse socio-cultural settings and at multiple levels: global, national and local. Most of her research has focused on eastern Africa, but she has also worked in Haiti and China.   Eileen Moyer has contributed to the development of community level participatory research methodologies and frameworks for use in applied settings and developed theoretical frameworks for analyzing the long-term societal impact of HIV on communities in high prevalence settings. She has also been involved in the training and guiding of researchers and in the comparative analysis of results from multi-sited research.   Currently, Eileen Moyer coordinates research activities and conducts her own research on community-based health activism within the international research program: Anthropology of AIDS in the 21 st Century.   

The following gives an overview of her main research contributions since 2004:

  • Project manager, Senior Researcher, Research Coordinator.    Filling the Gap: Social Institutions and AIDS in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, WOTRO-Integrated Programme 2009-2013.
  • Project Coordinator, lead researcher, technical advisor.   Learning by Doing: Enhancing treatment literacy and addressing sexual and reproductive health of PLWA in Eastern Africa, AIDSFonds, 2007-2011.
  • Lead Qualitative Researcher. Young Labor Migrants in Three Chinese Cities: A demonstration intervention project to address barriers to health care and promote sexual and reproductive health.   Funded by European Union, 2006-2009.
  • Field Research Coordinator for Kenya country study. Testing and Counseling for HIV: A Four-Country Study, United States National Institutes of Health (NIH). 2007-2009.
  • Project manager, Lead Researcher, Research Coordinator. Social Aspects of Free AIDS Medicines in Public Health Care Settings in Tanzania and Zambia.   Funded by Swedish International Development Aid (SIDA), 2006-2007.


  • de Klerk, J., & Moyer, E. (2017). 'A Body Like a Baby': Social self-care among older people with chronic HIV in Mombasa. Medical Anthropology, 36(4), 305-318. DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2016.1235573 [details] [PDF]
  • Dlamini-Simelane, T. T. T., & Moyer, E. (2017). ‘Lost to follow up’: Rethinking delayed and interrupted HIV treatment among married Swazi women. Health Policy and Planning, 32(2), 248-256. DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czw117 [details]


  • Moyer, E. M., & Nguyen, V. K. (2016). Is the 21st Century the Age of Biomedicine? Medicine Anthropology Theory, 3(1), i-vii. [details]
  • Moyer, E. M., & Nguyen, V. K. (2016). On the Public and Private Politics of Well-being. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 3(2), i-iv. [details]
  • Shabalala, F. S., De Lannoy, A., Moyer, E. M., & Reis, R. (2016). Rethinking the Family in the Context of Care for Adolescents living with HIV in Swaziland. AIDS Care[details]
  • De Martini Ugolotti, N., & Moyer, E. (2016). ‘If I climb a wall of ten meters’: Capoeira, parkour and the politics of public space among (post)migrant youth in Turin, Italy. Patterns of Prejudice , 50(2), 188-206. DOI: 10.1080/0031322X.2016.1164435 [details]


  • Adams, A., & Moyer, E. (2015). Sex is never the same: Men's perspectives on refusing circumcision from an in-depth qualitative study in Kwaluseni, Swaziland. Global Public Health, 10(5-6), 721-738. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1004356 [details]
  • Kowal, E., Meyers, T., Raikhel, E., Redfield, P., Abramowitz, S., Andersen, B., ... Grant, J. (2015). The open question: medical anthropology and open access. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 2(1), 75-94. [details] [PDF]


  • Hardon, A., & Moyer, E. (2014). Anthropology of AIDS: modes of engagement. Medical Anthropology, 33(4), 255-262. DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2014.889132 [details]
  • Hardon, A., & Moyer, E. (2014). Medical technologies: flows, frictions and new socialities. Anthropology & Medicine, 21(2), 107-112. DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2014.924300 [details] [PDF]
  • Moyer, E. (2014). Peer mentors, mobile phone and pills: collective monitoring and adherence in Kenyatta National Hospital's HIV treatment programmeospital’s HIV treatment programme. Anthropology & Medicine, 21(2), 149-161. DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2014.925083 [details] [PDF]
  • Moyer, E., & Hardon, A. (2014). A disease unlike any other? Why HIV remains exceptional in the age of treatment. Medical Anthropology, 33(4), 263-269. DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2014.890618 [details]
  • Moyer, E., & Igonya, E. K. (2014). When families fail: shifting expectations of care among people living with HIV in Nairobi, Kenya. Anthropology & Medicine, 21(2), 136-148. DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2014.924298 [details] [PDF]
  • Moyer, E., & Nguyen, V. K. (2014). Medicine Anthropology Theory: An open-access journal in the anthropology of health, illness, and medicine. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 1(1), i-vii. [details] [PDF]
  • Gao, X., Xu, L., Lu, C., Wu, J., Wang, Z., Decat, P., ... Temmerman, M. (2014). Effect of improving the knowledge, attitude and practice of reproductive health among female migrant workers: a worksite-based intervention in Guangzhou, China. Sexual Health (Print), 12(1), 13-21. DOI: 10.1071/SH14061 [details]


  • Both, R., Etsub, E., & Moyer, E. (2013). 'They were about to take out their guns on us': accessing rural Afar communities in Ethiopia with HIV-related interventions. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(Supplement 3), S338-S350. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2013.782510 [details]
  • Igonya, E. K., & Moyer, E. (2013). Putting sex on the table: sex, sexuality and masculinity among HIV-positive men in Nairobi, Kenya. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(S4), S567-S580. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2013.815367 [details]
  • Moyer, E., Burchardt, M., & van Dijk, R. (2013). Editorial introduction: Sexuality, intimacy and counselling: perspectives from Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(S4), S431-S439. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2013.829977 [details]
  • Moyer, E., Kageha Igonya, E., Both, R., Cherutich, P., & Hardon, A. (2013). The duty to disclose in Kenyan health facilities: a qualitative investigation of HIV disclosure in everyday practice. SAHARA-J, 10(S1), S60-S72. DOI: 10.1080/02664763.2012.755339 [details] [PDF]
  • Simbaya, J., & Moyer, E. (2013). The emergence and evolution of HIV counselling in Zambia: a 25-year history. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(S4), S453-S466. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2013.794477 [details]
  • Mensah Dapaah, J., & Moyer, E. (2013). Dilemmas of patient expertise: people living with HIV as peer educators in a Ghanaian hospital. Ghana Studies, 15-16, 195-221. [details]


  • Moyer, E. (2012). Faidha gani? What's the point: HIV and the logics of (non)-disclosure among young activists in Zanzibar. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(S1), S67-S79. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2012.662524 [details]
  • van der Geest, S., Devisch, R., Moyer, E., & Nguyen, V. K. (2012). Preface / Postface: 'Medische Antropologie' 1989-2012. Medische Antropologie, 24(2), 257-263. [details] [PDF]
  • Decat, P., Zhang, W-H., Delva, W., Moyer, E., Cheng, Y., Wang, Z-J., ... Degomme, O. (2012). Promoting contraceptive use among female rural-to-urban migrants in Qingdao, China: a comparative impact study of worksite-based interventions. European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive health Care, 17(5), 363-372. DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2012.696752 [details]
  • He, D., Cheng, Y-M., Wu, S-Z., Decat, P., Wang, Z-J., Minkauskiene, M., & Moyer, E. (2012). Promoting contraceptive use more effectively among unmarried male migrants in construction sites in China: a pilot intervention trial. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24(5), 806-815. DOI: 10.1177/1010539511406106 [details]
  • He, D., Zhou, Y., Ji, N., Wu, S., Wang, Z., Decat, P., ... Cheng, Y. (2012). Study on sexual and reproductive health behaviors of unmarried female migrants in China. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 38(4), 632-638. DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.2011.01753.x [details]
  • Lu, C., Xu, L., Wu, J., Wang, Z., Decat, P., Zhang, W-H., ... Temmerman, M. (2012). Sexual and reproductive health status and related knowledge among female migrant workers in Guangzhou, China: a cross-sectional survey. European journal of obstetrics & gynecology and reproductive biology, 160(1), 60-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2011.10.001 [details]
  • Wu, J., Zhou, X., Lu, C., Moyer, E., Wang, H., Hong, L., & Deng, X. (2012). A qualitative exploration of barriers to condom use among female sex workers in China. PLoS One, 7(10), e46786. [e46786]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046786 [details] [PDF]


  • Decat, P., Zhang, W-H., Moyer, E., Cheng, Y., Wang, Z-J., Lu, C-Y., ... Temmerman, M. (2011). Determinants of unmet need for contraception among Chinese migrants: a worksite-based survey. European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive health Care, 16(1), 26-35. DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2010.536920 [details]


  • Moyer, E. M. (2016). “HIV: Issues in Health Care.”. In International Encyclopedia of Anthropology London: Wiley-Blackwell. [details]
  • Moyer, E. M., & Igonya, E. K. (2016). “Freedom Corner: Redefining HIV and AIDS care and support among men who have sex with men in Nairobi, Kenya.”. In L. Manderson, E. Cartright, & A. Hardon (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology (pp. 75-80). Routledge Press. [details]


  • Moyer, E. M., van Dijk, R. A., & Burchardt, M. (2013). Culture, Health & Sexuality (vol. 15, issue sup 4). Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(sup 4). [details]


  • Moyer, E. (2008). Death of the mermaid and political intrigue in the Indian Ocean. In H. J. Drewal (Ed.), Sacred waters: arts for Mami Wata and other divinities in Africa and the diaspora. (pp. 451-466). (African expressive cultures). Bloomington, IN [etc.]: Indiana University Press. [details]


  • Ahlin, T. (Author), Moyer, E. (Author), & Hoppe, S. (Author). (2016). Slam that #ethnography![details] [PDF]


  • Moyer, E. (2013). [Review of: H. Dilger, U. Luig (2010) Morality, hope and grief: anthropologies of AIDS in Africa]. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 27(2), b31-b34. DOI: 10.1111/maq.12044 [details]


  • Moyer, E. (2012). [Review of: E. Summerson Carr (2011) Scripting addiction: the politics of therapeutic talk and American sobriety]. Medische Antropologie, 24(2), 404-405. [details] [PDF]


  • Shabalala, F. S. (2017). Longing for belonging: Adolescents' experiences of living with HIV in different types of families in Swaziland [details] [PDF]
  • Dlamini, T. T. T. (2017). De-globalizing global public health: Travelling HIV treatment policies and their imprints on the local healthcare settings in Swaziland [details / files]

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • Moyer, E.M. (member) (2013): Journal Medicine Anthropology and Theory (External organisation).


  • Maluleke, Gavaza (participant) & Moyer, E.M. (participant) (29-6-2017 - 1-7-2017): 7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS 2017 (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (organiser) (2016): International Workshop organized at University of Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (organiser) (2016): Keynote Lecture, given by Julie Livingston (New York University) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (organiser) (2016): Keynote Lecture, given by Robert Desjarlais (Sarah Lawrence University) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (organiser) (2016): Roundtable organized at University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (organiser) (2016): Workshop organized at University of Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (organiser) (2016): Workshop organized at University of Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant) & Lorway, R. (participant) (2013): Panel co-organized for the Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV, Paris (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant) & Nguyen, V.K. (participant) (2013): Beyond Biosocialties in Medical Anthropology (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant) (2013): Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV conference, Paris (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant) (2013): Panel organized for the Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV, Paris (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant), Lugalla, J. (participant), Mrutu, N.E. (participant) & de Klerk, J. (participant) (2012): Conference co-organized, Dar es Salaam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant) & Hardon, A.P. (participant) (2011): Panel co-organized for the American Anthropological Association Meetings, Montreal (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant) & Hardon, A.P. (participant) (2011): Panel co-organized for the European Association of Social Anthropologists conference on Medical Pluralism, Rome (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant) (2011): International Press Conference, Nairobi (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant), Burchardt, M. (participant) & van Dijk, R.A. (participant) (2010): Conference co-organized for a joint meeting of the Religion and AIDS in Africa research group and the AIDS Medicines research group, Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Moyer, E.M. (participant), Hardon, A.P. (participant) & Kinsman, F.J. (participant) (2009): Co-organizer of HIV Policy Experts meeting, Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


  • Moyer, E.M. (invited speaker) (2016): A Note from the Post-Colony: Mechanisms for LGBTI psychological support in Nairobi, Kenya, Addressing Gay and Bisexual Men’s Mental Health: Time to Act workshop.


  • Hardon, A.P. (editor) & Moyer, E.M. (editor) (2014): Anthropology & Medicine (Journal).
  • Moyer, E.M. (editor) & Hardon, A.P. (editor) (2014): Medical Anthropology (Journal).
  • Moyer, E.M. (editor) & Nguyen, V.K. (editor) (2014-2015): Medicine Anthropology Theory (Journal).
  • Moyer, E.M. (editor), van Dijk, R.A. (editor) & Burchardt, M. (editor) (2013): Culture, Health & Sexuality (Journal).
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