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Dr. C.L. (Christopher) Pell

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
Fotograaf: onbekend

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
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    1001 NA Amsterdam
  • Profile


    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.

    Research interests

    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 co-lead the networking components of a project that aims to establish a global network of social scientists working on infectious disease epidemics and anti-microbial resistance (sonar-global.eu).
    • Building on previous work in Eswatini, I am co-investigator in multi-disciplinary research on the implementation of decentralized care for non-communicable diseases – exploring it acceptability and feasibility, and – using a syndemics framework – examining potential interactions between communicable and non-communicable diseases.
    • I lead the social science component of a consortium that is developing novel influenza vaccine approaches.

    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.

  • Publicaties


    • Adhikari, B., Pell, C., & Cheah, P. Y. (2020). Community engagement and ethical global health research. Global Bioethics, 31(1), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/11287462.2019.1703504
    • Portugaliza, H. P., Miyazaki, S., Geurten, F. J., Pell, C., Rosanas-Urgell, A., Janse, C. J., & Cortés, A. (2020). Artemisinin exposure at the ring or trophozoite stage impacts Plasmodium falciparum sexual conversion differently. eLife, 9. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.60058


    • Adhikari, B., Phommasone, K., Pongvongsa, T., Koummarasy, P., Soundala, X., Henriques, G., Sirithiranont, P., Parker, D. M., Von Seidlein, L., White, N. J., Day, N. P. J., Dondorp, A. M., Newton, P. N., Cheah, P. Y., Pell, C., & Mayxay, M. (2019). Treatment-seeking behaviour for febrile illnesses and its implications for malaria control and elimination in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR (Laos): A mixed method study. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), [252]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-019-4070-9
    • Hardon, A., Pell, C., Taqueban, E., & Narasimhan, M. (2019). Sexual and reproductive self care among women and girls: Insights from ethnographic studies. BMJ (Online), 365, [l1333]. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1333
    • Kaehler, N., Adhikari, B., Cheah, P. Y., Day, N. P. J., Paris, D. H., Tanner, M., & Pell, C. (2019). The promise, problems and pitfalls of mass drug administration for malaria elimination: A qualitative study with scientists and policymakers. International Health, 11(3), 166-176. https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihy079
    • Kaehler, N., Adhikari, B., Cheah, P. Y., Von Seidlein, L., Day, N. P. J., Paris, D. H., Tanner, M., & Pell, C. (2019). Prospects and strategies for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: A qualitative study. Malaria Journal, 18(1), [203]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-019-2835-6
    • Nofal, S. D., Peto, T. J., Adhikari, B., Tripura, R., Callery, J., Bui, T. M., Von Seidlein, L., & Pell, C. (2019). How can interventions that target forest-goers be tailored to accelerate malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Subregion? A systematic review of the qualitative literature. Malaria Journal, 18(1), [32]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-019-2666-5
    • Pell, C. L., Adhikari, B., Thwin, M. M., Kajeechiwa, L., Nosten, S., Nosten, F. H., Sahan, K. M., Smithuis, F. M., Nguyen, T. N., Hien, T. T., Tripura, R., Peto, T. J., Sanann, N., Nguon, C., Pongvongsa, T., Phommasone, K., Mayxay, M., Mukaka, M., Peerawaranun, P., ... von Seidlein, L. (2019). Community engagement, social context and coverage of mass anti-malarial administration: Comparative findings from multi-site research in the Greater Mekong sub-Region. PLoS ONE, 14(3), [e0214280]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0214280
    • Pell, C., Reis, R., Dlamini, N., Moyer, E., & Vernooij, E. (2019). 'Then her neighbour will not know her status’: how health providers advocate antiretroviral therapy under universal test and treat. International Health, 11(1), 36-41. https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihy058 [details]
    • Portugaliza, H. P., Galatas, B., Nhantumbo, H., Djive, H., Murato, I., Saúte, F., Aide, P., Pell, C., & Munguambe, K. (2019). Examining community perceptions of malaria to inform elimination efforts in Southern Mozambique: A qualitative study. Malaria Journal, 18(1), [232]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-019-2867-y
    • Sanann, N., Peto, T. J., Tripura, R., Callery, J. J., Nguon, C., Bui, T. M., Nofal, S. D., Von Seidlein, L., Lek, D., Dondorp, A. M., Cheah, P. Y., & Pell, C. (2019). Forest work and its implications for malaria elimination: A qualitative study. Malaria Journal, 18(1), [376]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-019-3008-3
    • Targeted Malaria Elimination Consortium, von Seidlein, L., Peto, T. J., Landier, J., Nguyen, T. N., Tripura, R., Phommasone, K., Pongvongsa, T., Lwin, K. M., Keereecharoen, L., Kajeechiwa, L., Thwin, M. M., Parker, D. M., Wiladphaingern, J., Nosten, S., Proux, S., Corbel, V., Tuong-Vy, N., Phuc-Nhi, T. L., ... Pell, C. (2019). The impact of targeted malaria elimination with mass drug administrations on falciparum malaria in southeast Asia: A cluster randomised trial. PLoS Medicine, 16(2), [e1002745]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002745
    • Toxopeus, D. C. M., Pell, C. L., Blignaut-van Westrhenen, N., Smit, C., Wit, F. W. N. M., Ondoa, P., Reiss, P., & Boender, T. S. (2019). Compliance with laboratory monitoring guidelines in outpatient HIV care: a qualitative study in the Netherlands. AIDS Care, 31(7), 840-847. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2018.1563280
    • von Seidlein, L., Peto, T. J., Tripura, R., Pell, C., Yeung, S., Kindermans, J. M., Dondorp, A., & Maude, R. (2019). Novel Approaches to Control Malaria in Forested Areas of Southeast Asia. Trends in Parasitology, 35(6), 388-398. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2019.03.011


    • Adhikari, B., Phommasone, K., Kommarasy, P., Soundala, X., Souvanthong, P., Pongvongsa, T., Henriques, G., Newton, P. N., White, N. J., Day, N. P. J., Dondorp, A. M., Von Seidlein, L., Mayxay, M., Cheah, P. Y., & Pell, C. (2018). Why do people participate in mass anti-malarial administration? Findings from a qualitative study in Nong District, Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR (Laos). Malaria Journal, 17(1), [15]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-017-2158-4
    • Adhikari, B., Phommasone, K., Pongvongsa, T., Soundala, X., Koummarasy, P., Henriques, G., Peto, T. J., Von Seidlein, L., White, N. J., Day, N. P. J., Dondorp, A. M., Newton, P. N., Cheah, P. Y., Mayxay, M., & Pell, C. (2018). Perceptions of asymptomatic malaria infection and their implications for malaria control and elimination in Laos. PLoS ONE, 13(12), [e0208912]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208912
    • D'Alessandro, U., Hill, J., Tarning, J., Pell, C., Webster, J., Gutman, J., & Sevene, E. (2018). Treatment of uncomplicated and severe malaria during pregnancy. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 18(4), e133-e146. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30065-3
    • Pell, C., Vernooij, E., Masilela, N., Simelane, N., Shabalala, F., & Reis, R. (2018). False starts in 'test and start': a qualitative study of reasons for delayed antiretroviral therapy in Swaziland. International Health, 10(2), 78–83. https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihx065 [details]
    • Peto, T. J., Debackere, M., Etienne, W., Vernaeve, L., Tripura, R., Falq, G., Davoeung, C., Nguon, C., Rekol, H., Von Seidlein, L., Dondorp, A. M., Sanann, N., Cheah, P. Y., De Smet, M., Pell, C., & Kindermans, J. M. (2018). Community participation during two mass anti-malarial administrations in Cambodia: Lessons from a joint workshop. Malaria Journal, 17(1), [53]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-018-2202-z
    • Peto, T. J., Tripura, R., Davoeung, C., Nguon, C., Nou, S., Heng, C., Kunthea, P., Adhikari, B., Lim, R., James, N., Pell, C., & Cheah, P. Y. (2018). Reflections on a community engagement strategy for mass antimalarial drug administration in Cambodia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 98(1), 100-104. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.17-0428
    • Peto, T. J., Tripura, R., Sanann, N., Adhikari, B., Callery, J., Droogleever, M., Heng, C., Cheah, P. Y., Davoeung, C., Nguon, C., Von Seidlein, L., Dondorp, A. M., & Pell, C. (2018). The feasibility and acceptability of mass drug administration for malaria in Cambodia: A mixed-methods study. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 112(6), 264-271. https://doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/try053
    • Shabalala, F. S., Vernooij, E., Pell, C., Simelane, N., Masilela, N., Spiegelman, D., Chai, B., Khan, S., & Reis, R. (2018). Understanding reasons for discontinued antiretroviral treatment among clients in test and treat: a qualitative study in Swaziland. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 21(S4), 53-59. [e25120]. https://doi.org/10.1002/jia2.25120 [details]


    • Adhikari, B., Pell, C., Phommasone, K., Soundala, X., Kommarasy, P., Pongvongsa, T., Henriques, G., Day, N. P. J., Mayxay, M., & Cheah, P. Y. (2017). Elements of effective community engagement: Lessons from a targeted malaria elimination study in Lao PDR (Laos). Global Health Action, 10(1), [1366136]. https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2017.1366136
    • Adhikari, B., Phommasone, K., Pongvongsa, T., Kommarasy, P., Soundala, X., Henriques, G., White, N. J., Day, N. P. J., Dondorp, A. M., Von Seidlein, L., Cheah, P. Y., Pell, C., & Mayxay, M. (2017). Factors associated with population coverage of targeted malaria elimination (TME) in southern Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR. Malaria Journal, 16(1), [424]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-017-2070-y
    • Meñaca, A., Pool, R., & Pell, C. (2017). Asram: A superdiverse illness concept. L'Uomo Società Tradizione Sviluppo, 2017(1), 73-94. https://doi.org/10.7386/89100 [details]
    • Pell, C., Tripura, R., Nguon, C., Cheah, P., Davoeung, C., Heng, C., Dara, L., Sareth, M., Dondorp, A., Von Seidlein, L., & Peto, T. J. (2017). Mass anti-malarial administration in western Cambodia: a qualitative study of factors affecting coverage. Malaria Journal, 16(1), [206]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-017-1854-4
    • Sahan, K., Pell, C., Smithuis, F., Phyo, A. K., Maung, S. M., Indrasuta, C., Dondorp, A. M., White, N. J., Day, N. P. J., Von Seidlein, L., & Cheah, P. Y. (2017). Community engagement and the social context of targeted malaria treatment: a qualitative study in Kayin (Karen) State, Myanmar. Malaria Journal, 16(1), [75]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-017-1718-y
    • von Seidlein, L., Ikonomidis, K., Mshamu, S., Nkya, T. E., Mukaka, M., Pell, C., Lindsay, S. W., Deen, J. L., Kisinza, W. N., & Knudsen, J. B. (2017). Affordable house designs to improve health in rural Africa: a field study from northeastern Tanzania. The Lancet Planetary Health, 1(5), e188-e199. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30078-5


    • Adhikari, B., James, N., Newby, G., von Seidlein, L., White, N. J., Day, N. P. J., ... Cheah, P. Y. (2016). Community engagement and population coverage in mass anti-malarial administrations: a systematic literature review. Malaria Journal, 15, [523]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-016-1593-y [details]
    • Pell, C., Allotey, P., Evans, N., Hardon, A., Imelda, J. D., Soyiri, I., ... The SEACO Team (2016). Coming of age, becoming obese: a cross-sectional analysis of obesity among adolescents and young adults in Malaysia. BMC Public Health, 16, [1082]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3746-x [details]


    • Andrew, E. V. W., Pell, C., Angwin, A., Auwun, A., Daniels, J., Mueller, I., ... Pool, R. (2015). Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Concerning Malaria in Pregnancy: Results from a Qualitative Study in Madang, Papua New Guinea. PLoS ONE, 10(4), [e0119077]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0119077 [details]


    • Andrew, E. V. W., Pell, C., Angwin, A., Auwun, A., Daniels, J., Mueller, I., ... Pool, R. (2014). Factors affecting attendance at and timing of formal antenatal care: Results from a qualitative study in Madang, Papua New Guinea. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e93025. [e93025]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0093025 [details]
    • Pell, C., Meñaca, A., Chatio, S., Hodgson, A., Tagbor, H., & Pool, R. (2014). The acceptability of intermittent screening and treatment versus intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy: results from a qualitative study in Northern Ghana. Malaria Journal, 13, 432. [432]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-13-432 [details]


    • Abarca Tomás, B., Pell, C., Bueno Cavanillas, A., Guillén Solvas, J., Pool, R., & Roura, M. (2013). Tuberculosis in Migrant Populations: A Systematic Review of the Qualitative Literature. PLoS ONE, 8(12), [e82440]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0082440 [details]
    • Menaca, A., Pell, C., Manda-Taylor, L., Chatio, S., Afrah, N. A., Were, F., ... Pool, R. (2013). Local illness concepts and their relevance for the prevention and control of malaria during pregnancy in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi: findings from a comparative qualitative study. Malaria Journal, 12, [257]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-12-257 [details]
    • Pell, C., Meñaca, A., Afrah, N. A., Manda-Taylor, L., Chatio, S., Were, F., ... Pool, R. (2013). Prevention and management of malaria during pregnancy: findings from qualitative studies in Ghana and Malawi. Malaria Journal, 12, [427]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-12-427 [details]
    • Pell, C., Meñaca, A., Were, F., Afrah, N. A., Chatio, S., Manda-Taylor, L., ... Pool, R. (2013). Factors Affecting Antenatal Care Attendance: Results from Qualitative Studies in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. PLoS ONE, 8(1), [e53747]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0053747 [details]
    • Ventura-Garcia, L., Roura, M., Pell, C., Posada, E., Gascón, J., Aldasoro, E., ... Pool, R. (2013). Socio-Cultural Aspects of Chagas Disease: a Systematic Review of Qualitative Research. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 7(9), [e2410]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0002410 [details]


    • Gysels, M., Pell, C., Straus, L., & Pool, R. (2011). End of life care in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review of the qualitative literature. BMC Palliative Care, 10, [6]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-684X-10-6 [details]
    • Pell, C., Straus, L., Andrew, E. V. W., Meñaca, A., & Pool, R. (2011). Social and cultural factors affecting uptake of interventions for malaria in pregnancy in Africa: a systematic review of the qualitative research. PLoS ONE, 6(7), e22452. [e22452]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0022452 [details]
    • Pool, R., Pell, C., Kaunda, B. N., Mathanga, D., & Gysels, M. (2011). Breastfeeding, vertical disease transmission and the volition of medicines in Malawi. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Infant feeding practices: a cross-cultural perspective (pp. 277-287). New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6873-9_17 [details]
    • Posada, E., Pell, C., Angulo, N., Pinazo, M. J., Gimeno, F., Elizalde, I., ... Gascón, J. (2011). Bolivian migrants with Chagas disease in Barcelona, Spain: a qualitative study of dietary changes and digestive problems. International Health, 3(4), 289-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.inhe.2011.09.005 [details]
    • Straus, L., Munguambe, K., Bassat, Q., Machevo, S., Pell, C., Roca, A., & Pool, R. (2011). Inherent illnesses and attacks: an ethnographic study of interpretations of childhood Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) in Manhiça, southern Mozambique. BMC Public Health, 11, 556. [556]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-556 [details]


    • Pell, C., Straus, L., Phuanukoonnon, S., Lupiwa, S., Mueller, I., Senn, N., ... Pool, R. (2010). Community response to intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) in Papua New Guinea. Malaria Journal, 9, [369]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-9-369 [details]


    • Gysels, M., Pell, C., Mathanga, D. P., Adongo, P., Odhiambo, F., Gosling, R., ... Pool, R. (2009). Community response to intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) delivered through the expanded programme of immunization in five African settings. Malaria Journal, 8, [191]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-8-191 [details]
    • Schwarz, N. G., Gysels, M., Pell, C., Gabor, J., Schlie, M., Issifou, S., ... Pool, R. (2009). Reasons for non-adherence to vaccination at mother and child care clinics (MCCs) in Lambaréné, Gabon. Vaccine, 27(39), 5371-5375. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.06.100 [details]


    • Giles-Vernick, T., Kutalek, R., Napier, D., Kaawa-Mafigiri, D., Dückers, M., Paget, J., Masud Ahmed, S., Yeong Cheah, P., Desclaux, A., De Vries, D., Hardon, A., MacGregor, H., Pell, C., Rashid, S. F., Rodyna, R., Schultsz, C., Sow, K., & Wilkinson, A. (2019). A new social sciences network for infectious threats. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(5), 461-463. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(19)30159-8 [details]


    • Desai, M., Hill, J., Fernandes, S., Walker, P., Pell, C., Gutman, J., Kayentao, K., Gonzalez, R., Webster, J., Greenwood, B., Cot, M., & ter Kuile, F. O. (2018). Prevention of malaria in pregnancy. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, 73(6), 342-344. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ogx.0000540055.93259.d6
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