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Research interests

Rebecca's work has focused on constructions of health, illness and the body (including in relation to biomedical, moral, and religious frameworks), health technologies and bodily interactions with the non-human, construction of risk and the future, and anthropology in/of/and public health. She is particularly interested in examining bodily boundaries and the relationships between bodies and environments. Her approach includes attending to materiality and to embedded values and assumptions.

Biographical details

As well as conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Trinidad, Rebecca has worked on a range of different public health and related projects within the UK. Her most recent work has looked at bodies and fluids- what changes when we think of the body as being predominantly made up of fluid. She is currently working on a study of multi-morbidity in London, including how and where distinctions between different conditions are made and by whom, and how 'clusters' of long-term chronic conditions might be situated in relation to place.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, Doctor of Philosophy, The Devil is Disorder: Bodies, Spirits and Misfortune in a Trinidadian Village, UCL University College London

Medical Anthropology, Master in Science, UCL University College London

Social Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts, University of Kent

External positions

Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology (Honorary), LSHTM London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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