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Dr Mei Trueba

Dr Mei Trueba

Dr Mei Trueba (BA, BSc, MA, MSc, PhD)

Lecturer in Global Health
T: +44 (0)1273 872788
Location: Ground Floor, BSMS Medical Research Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PX

Areas of expertise: International development; socio-cultural and medical anthropology, labour relations; global health governance, qualitative research, ethnography.

Research areas: Occupational Health and Safety (OHS); health risk perceptions and behaviours; health risk management; globalisation and health, Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Other relevant positions: Mitigating circumstances committee, research ethics, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Mei Trueba is a Lecturer in International Development and Global Health. She holds a BsC in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), a MsC in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods from the University of Sussex, and a DPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, Sussex University). Mei also holds an MsC in Occupational Health and Safety and a BsC in Community Health.

Her research to date has been mainly situated in Latin America. Between 2010 and 2012, Mei participated in an action-research project aimed at improving the occupational health and safety of Bolivian cooperative miners. This project was financed by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), and was developed in collaboration with the local NGO CEPROMIN and the Bolivian Network of Women and Mining (RNNM). Since then, Mei has participated and led various resarch projects, mainly focusing on the labour rights and working conditions of workers at the end of supply chains and on supporting Neglegled Tropical Diseases control through structural change.

In 2014 she convened the MSc in Global Health at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development (NCIHD) of the University of Leeds, and later at the BSMS Centre for Global Health. Prior to this she worked as Lecturer in Global Social Policy at the School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS) of Brighton University, as researcher at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and as programme evaluator and livelihood adviser in Chile. In Chile, Mei conducted a participative evaluation of a development programme focused on the labour rights of street children.


Mei's research is predominantly concerned with the political economies of health and ill-health. Since 2008, her main areas of research have been international development, labour relations and medical anthropology; in particular, Occupational Health and Safety in Low-and Middle-Income settings. Alongside this, Mei's research interests also include the elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) through action on socio-political and ecnomic structures, health risk behaviours and their determinants, and the complex relationship between globalisation and health.

Mei is a scientific advisor for the ECLIPSE programme (Empowering people with Cutaneous Leishmaniasis: Intervention Programme to improve patient journey and reduce Stigma via community Education (ECLIPSE)), and guest editor for the Latin American Perspectives journal.

Her geographic expertise include; Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Sudan, UK, Spain, Catalonia, Malaysia.

Current projects:

-Mitigating the mental health effects of COVID-19 on NHS staff (2021). Financed through the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)

- Labour Recruitment and Working Conditions in the Malaysian Medical Gloves Sector during the COVID-19 Crisis. Funded by the Modern Slavery Policy & Evidence Centre and Arts & Humanities Research Council in the UK (2020 – 2021). For more information visit: 

Previous projects:

- Exploring the relationship between commodity prices and occupational health injuries (2017-2019), Financed by the Rising Stars Initiative.

- Qualitative evaluation of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis control strategies in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala (2018-2020). Funded by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the UNDP’s Special Programme for Research in Tropical Diseases (TDR), In collaboration with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and the Guatemalan Ministry of Health and Social Assistance.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2019.

Course leadership

  • Global Health MsC - Course Director (2014-2019)

Module Leadership

  • Global Health Principles (2014-2021)
  • Research Practice in Global Contexts (2017-2019)
  • Global Health Research Project (2014-2019)
  • Global Social Policy (2013-2015)
  • Key Issues in International Health (2014-15)
  • Action research in international health (2014-15)

Mei also teaches and supervises students in various courses accross campus: e.g. Health and Development (IDS, MA Development Studies), Global Burden and Management of Disease (Msc in Global Health), Research Practice in Global Contexts (Msc Global Health), etc.

Selected publications

Mendizabal-Cabrera, Renata, Pérez, Isabel, Becerril Montekio, Victor, Pérez, Freddy, Durán, Erick and Trueba, Mei L (2021) Cutaneous leishmaniasis control in Alta Verapaz (northern Guatemala): evaluating current efforts through stakeholders’ experiences. Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 10 (a61). pp. 1-12. ISSN 2049-9957

Artaraz, Kepa, Calestani, Melania and Trueba, Mei, eds. (2021) Vivir bien/Buen vivir and post-neoliberal development paths in Latin America: scope, strategies, and the realities of implementation. Latin American Perspectives, 48 (3). ISSN 0094-582X

Artaraz, Kepa, Calestani, Melania and Trueba, Mei L (2021) Introduction: Vivir bien/Buen vivir and post-neoliberall development paths in Latin America: scope, strategies, and the realities of implementation. Latin American Perspectives, 48 (3). pp. 4-16. ISSN 0094-582X

Pérez, Isabel, Durán, Erick, Pérez, Freddy, Trueba, Mei L and Mendizábal-Cabrera, Renata (2020) Strengthening cutaneous leishmaniasis control in Guatemala: policy recommendations. PAHO/WHO & TDR

Trueba, Mei L, Bhutta, Mahmood F and Shahvisi, Arianne (2020) Instruments of health and harm: how the procurement of healthcare goods contributes to global health inequality. Journal of Medical Ethics. ISSN 0306-6800

Tsegay, Girmay, Deribe, Kebede, Deyessa, Negussie, Addissie, Adamu, Davey, Gail, Cooper, Maxwell and Trueba, Mei (2018) 'I should not feed such a weak woman'. Intimate partner violence among women living with podoconiosis: A qualitative study in northern Ethiopia. PLoS ONE, 13 (12). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1932-6203

Deribe, Kebede, Cano, Jorge, Trueba, Mei L, Newport, Melanie J and Davey, Gail (2018) Global epidemiology of podoconiosis: a systematic review. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12 (3). a0006324 1-15. ISSN 1935-2735

Prentice, Rebecca and Trueba, Mei (2018) Precarious bodies: occupational risk assemblages in Bolivia and Trinidad. Global Labour Journal, 9 (1). pp. 41-56. ISSN 1918-6711

Trueba, Mei L (2016) The global dimensions of health. In: Artaraz, Kepa and Hill, Michael (eds.) Global social policy: themes, issues and actors. Palgrave Macmillan, Brighton. ISBN 9781137388964

Prentice, Rebecca and Trueba, Mei (2015) Precarious bodies: occupational risk assemblages in Bolivia and Trinidad. In: Precarious Economy: Informality and Entrepreneurship at the Bottom of the Pyramid’. Precarious Labour, Precarious Lives Discussion Panel, December 2015, Sussex University