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Department of Anthropology

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Dr Megan Wainwright, PhD

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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I am a medical anthropologist from Québec, Canada with a strong interest in the anthropology of chronic illness, qualitative research methods and training, global health diplomacy, and audio/visual methods and outputs. I have been an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology since July 2013. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town in the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. I am currently working a project funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa to study the experiential and macro-political realities of long-term oxygen therapy in South Africa and Uruguay. In 2012/2013 I carried-out the preliminary work for the "Life of Breath" Wellcome Trust grant as a postdoc in the Centre for Medical Humanities. I continue to be a international collaborator on this exciting project. I also work closely with Dr. Andrew Russell on collaborative event ethnography of global health diplomacy in action at the COPs of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. 

I completed my PhD in Medical Anthropology at Durham University in 2013. My thesis, 'An ethnographic study of living-with and caring-for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Uruguay', was examined by Professor Bob Simpson (Durham University) and Regents' Professor and Professor of Anthropology, Family Medicine and Public Health, Mark Nichter (University of Arizona).

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

  • Applied Health Research Special Interest Group

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Wainwright, M (2016). Rebellion and Co-Morbidity. In The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology. Manderson,L, Hardon, A & Cartwright, E Routledge.

Conference Paper

Conference Proceeding

  • Arnaert, A. & Wainwright, M. (2008). Preliminary Results of a Home Telecare Project for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Canadian Respiratory Conference: A Breath of Fresh Air:, Montreal, Canada, Candian Respiratory Journal.

Doctoral Thesis

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

Other (Print)

  • Colvin, C., Wainwright, M., Noyes, J., Munthe-Kaas, H., Garside, R., Carlsen, B., Rashidian, A., Booth, A., Glenton,C., Bohren, M., Lewin, S. & Tuncalp, O. (2015). Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research (CERQual): Development and Future Directions of a Novel Approach. Cochrane Methods (Suppl 1): 45-47.
  • Wainwright, M. (2013). Faltar el aire. Enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva cronica en Uruguay. Anuario de Antropologia Social y Cultural en Uruguay 11: 275-278.

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Selected Grants

  • 2016: Brocher Foundation Workshop Grant (co-applicant)
  • 2015: Brocher Foundation Workshop Grant (co-applicant)
  • 2014: Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Foundation of South Africa
  • 2012: Santander Mobility Grant, Durham University
  • 2011: Santander Mobility Grant, Durham University
  • 2010: Society of Latin American Studies Travel Grant
  • 2009: An ethnographic study of chronic constipation patients' experiences of illness and healthcare relationships (£1500.00 from )
  • 2009: Research and Development Springboard Grant, County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust for MSc field work
  • 2009: Van Mildert College Trust Research Scholarship for 3 year PhD
  • 2008: Durham Academic Scholarship
  • 2004: McConnell Award, McGill University Scholarship
  • 2003: Julie Zachau Memorial Scholarship