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Professor Kate Hampshire, BA, MSc, PhD

Chair of the Board of Studies, Department of Anthropology
Head of Department (anth.hod@durham.ac.uk), Department of Anthropology
Travel Approver, Department of Anthropology

Contact Professor Kate Hampshire (email at anth.hod@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Kate Hampshire is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at Durham University. She is a medical anthropologist and has been conducting fieldwork on health and well-being, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, since the mid-1990s.

Her current and recent projects include:

  • Using Behavioural Game Theory and Ethnography to research health-related trust problems, with particular reference to pharmaceutical supply chains in Ghana and Tanzania (Wellcome Trust Funded, 2016-17, PI).
  • Building an evidence base to support and enhance community health workers’ (informal) use of mobile phones in Ghana, Malawi and Ethiopia (MRC funded, 2017-18, PI).

  • Using dogs to sniff out malaria in Gambia: proff of concept study (Gates Foundation funded, 2016-17, Co-I).

  • Developing national guidelines for mobile phone use in schools in Ghana and Malawi (Global Challenges Impact Acceleration Grant, 2016, Co-I)

  • Mobile phones and youth in Africa [Ghana, Malawi and South Africa] (DFID/ESRC funded, 2012-15, Co-I)

  • Children and mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa [Ghana, Malawi and South Africa] (DFID/ESRC-funded, 2006-10, Co-I)

  • Child mobility in Ghana: moving forward (Leverhulme, 2009-10, PI)

  • Infertility among British Pakistanis (ESRC-funded, 2006-10, CI)

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Projects

Department of Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Child and adolescent health
  • Critical medical anthropology
  • Digital technologies and health
  • Livelihoods, poverty and food security
  • Pastoralists and other mobile populations
  • Pharmaceuticals and other medicines
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (especially West Africa)
  • Trust, uncertainty and risk

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Hampshire, K., Porter, G., Kilpatrick, K., Kyei, P., Adjaloo, M. & Oppong, G. (2011). The search for belonging: youth identities and transitions to adulthood in an African refugee context. In Geographies of Children, Youth and Families. Holt, L. Routledge. 83-94.
  • Casiday, R., Hampshire, K., Panter-Brick, C. & Kilpatrick, K. (2010). Responses to a food crisis and child malnutrition in the Nigerien Sahel. In Human Diet and Nutrition in Biocultural Perspective. Moffat, T. Berghahn. 152-170.
  • Hampshire, K.R. & Randall, S.C. (2004). People are a resource: Demography and livelihoods in Sahelian Fulbe of Burkina Faso. In Rural Resources and Local Livelihoods in Africa. Homewood, K. James Currey and Wisconsin UP. 123-136.
  • Hampshire, K. (2003). The Fulani. In Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology. New York: Kluwer. 2: 656-664.
  • Hampshire, K.R. (2001). The impact of male migration on fertility decisions and outcomes among the Fulani of Burkina Faso. In Managing Reproductive Life. Tremayne, S. Oxford: Berghahn. 107-126.
  • Hampshire, K. (2000). Acces au Soins de Sante aux Femmes Nomades du Tchad. In Reflections pour une Meilleure Prise en Charge de la Sante en Milieu Nomade au Tchad. Wyss, K. & Zinsstag, J. Abidjan: Sempira. 8: 92-107.
  • Hampshire, K.R. & Randall, S.C. (2000). Fulani Fertility Differentials in Northern Burkina Faso. In Propects of Patoralism in West Africa. Hoffman, I. Geissen: Tropeninstitut, Reihe I (Symposium) Band 25. 11-126.
  • Hampshire, K. & Randall, S.C. (1998). Pauvrete et Migration Saisonniere chez les Peulhs du Sahel Burkinabe. In Crises, Pauvrete et Changements Demographiques dans les Pays du Sud. Gendrau, F. Paris: Editions Estem.

Edited book

Edited Journal

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Brown, D., Napthine, D. & Hampshire, K. (2010). Evaluate and evolve. Arts Professional (222): 6-7.

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Supervises

Selected Grants

  • 2020: Analysis and Publication of WHO Research Data on Substandard & Falsified medicines WT: 493265 (£19029.02 from World Health Organisation)
  • 2020: Gabapentinoid & Opioid Tapering Toolbox (GOTT) (£10000.00 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))
  • 2020: Strengthening private-sector medicine systems to tackle the persistence of poor-quality medicines in Africa: a proof-of-concept study (£180515.49 from )
  • 2019: Effectiveness of CHWs (£36733.00 from )
  • 2018: Building an evidence base to support and enhance community health workers' (informal) use of mobile phones in Ghana, Malawi and Ethiopia (£191800.00 from )
  • 2016: Trust, risk and uncertainty in medicinal transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Integrating Behavioural Game Theory and Ethnography to develop a robust analytical framework to address a major global public health challenge (£48474.00 from Wellcome Trust)
  • 2012: The impact of mobile phones on young people's lives and life chances in sub-Saharan Africa: a three country study to inform policy and practice, ESRC-DFID 2012-2015.
  • 2009: Child Mobility: Moving Forward (£19806.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2009: Child mobility – moving forward. Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship, £19,500.
  • 2008: Sing Up – the impacts of singing programmes for young people on social connectedness and well-being. Arts council for England, £10,000, PI.
  • 2006: British Pakistani Moslems, infertility and the New Reproductive Technologies, ESRC project grant: £150,000, CI (PI = Bob Simpson)
  • 2006: Children, transport and mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa: developing a child-centred evidence base to improve policy and change thinking across Africa. ESRC/DFID project grant: £228,000, CI (PI = Gina Porter)
  • 2005: Social resilience and coping among young Liberian refugees in Ghana. Nuffield Small Grants for Social Sciences, £9880.
  • 2005: Social resilience and coping among young Liberian refugees in Ghana. Nuffield Small Grants for Social Sciences, £9880.
  • 2000: HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE RESEARCH PROJECT (£9450.00 from Sitara)

International Collaboration

  • Development Media International, Burkina Faso
  • Hasselt University, Belgium
  • University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • University of Malawi
  • World Health Organisation, Geneva

Teaching Areas

  • Anthropology of Global Health [level 4]

    (20 hours/year.)
  • Anthropology field course (50 hours/year.)
  • Fieldwork and Interpretation (22 hours/year.)
  • International Health and Development [level 2] (25 hours/year.)