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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Dr Hannah Brown, Ph.D. Social Anthropology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40244

Contact Dr Hannah Brown (email at hannah.brown@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

I am a social anthropologist with specialisation in medical anthropology. My research interests include: economies and practices of care; governance; the state; nursing; hospitals; global health interventions (especially around HIV/AIDS and viral haemorrhagic fevers); development; community-based health care; and public health.

Current Research

My current research work centres on zoonotic diseases and epidemic management in West Africa, with a particular focus on Lassa fever and Ebola virus disease. This work builds upon a longstanding interest in issues around care, health governance, and relationships between insitituions, modes of governance and health systems bureaucracies. I have worked extensively in Kenya where I carried out extended fieldwork with health managers in 2011 and in a hospital and community development organisation between 2005-7. My Ph.D. (Manchester, 2010) explored responses to HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya through the modality of care. Following my Ph.D. I spent two years as a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before joining the University of Durham in January 2013.

Research Interests

  • Community-Based Health Care
  • East Africa, Kenya
  • Epidemics (especially HIV/AIDS and VHFs)
  • Global Health and Development
  • Health Governance
  • Hospitals
  • Human animal relations
  • Science
  • West Africa, Sierra Leone
  • Work and Management

Publications

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Prince, Ruth & Brown, Hannah (2016). Volunteer Economies: The politics and ethics of voluntary labour in Africa. African Issues. James Currey.

Edited Journal

  • Brown, H., Reed, A. & Yarrow, T. (2017). Meetings: Ethnographies of organisational process, bureaucracy and assembly. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 23 (1).
  • Brown, Hannah & Prince, Ruth (2015). Focus on voluntary labour in East Africa. African Studies Review, 58 (2).

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

International Collaboration

  • Co-operation partner 'Lassa fever in Guinea and Sierra Leone: Rodent control and seasonality of human exposure to rodents (LAROCS)' DFG German Research Foundation €2,246,644.00

Related Links

Selected Grants

  • 2017: 'Care in Crisis: Ethnographic Perspectives on Humanitarianism. Workshop funding. Co-organiser. €9500 Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
  • 2017: DDS Award for Abigail King "Patients through the screen: Virtual care and the transformation of patienthood in the American Southwest" (approx. £92,000)
  • 2016: DDS Award for Danson Mwangi "One Health at the borderlands: Human-baboon interaction in Nthongoni, Eastern Kenya" (approx. £92,000)
  • 2015: Anthropology of Ebola: Transmission Dynamics and Outbreak Socialities (£82967.00 from ESRC)
  • 2015: People, animals and infectious disease transmission: A new synthesis (£184889.00 from ESRC)
  • 2014: Participatory behavioural change to reinforce infection prevention and control for Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme (DFID and Wellcome Trust £9155).

Supervises