Based at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, I work to foster further collaboration between global public health specialists and medical anthropologists within the UvA's Global Health Research Priority Area.
As an applied qualitative social scientist with a background in medical anthropology, I collaborate with colleagues from varied disciplines across the world. I use qualitative research methods – interviews, focus groups, observations – to understand the social and cultural dimensions of health interventions. I have studied, for example, malaria prevention technologies and HIV treatment programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. I often work in multi-site studies, using a comparative approach to render broad insights into implementation challenges and opportunities.
Currently, I am involved in several EC-funded projects:
I also lead qualitative research on the implementation of surveillance techniques for antibiotic resistance in the human and animal domain in Burkina Faso, Togo and Germany.
Since 2015, I have collaborated with the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, aiding the design and operation of social science research linked to malaria elimination programmes in South East Asia. More recently, I provide assistance to the design of qualitative research on the provision of care within a network of intensive care units across South and South East Asia.
In 2014, I completed my PhD, which drew on two multi-site programmes of anthropological research: the social and cultural context of malaria during pregnancy and the acceptability of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in infants (IPTi). For both these projects, and in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centers for Disease Control, I conducted fieldwork in western Kenya.
I also have an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and a MSc in the Anthropology and Ecology of Development from University College London.
Google scholar informs me that my H-Index is 20 and that my work has been cited over 1500 times. My 2013 article on antenatal care in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi has been viewed almost 100000 times.