My research to date has been situated in Latin America and is predominantly concerned with the politics of health and ill-health. Since 2008, my main areas of research have been international development, labour relations and medical anthropology. In particular, Occupational Health and Safety in low-and middle-income countries. My research interests also include the elimination of NTDs through action on the Social Determinants of Health, the exploration of health risk behaviours and their determinants, and the complex relationship between globalisation and health.
a) Management of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Alta Verapaz (Guatemala): policy evaluation and implementation research
(Funded by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the UNDP’s Special Programme for Research in Tropical Diseases (TDR), 2018-2020).Developed in collaboration with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and the Guatemalan Ministry of Health and Social Assistance this action-research project seeks to evaluate strengths and limitations of current national intervention in order to strengthen positive impacts for affected and at risk populations.
b) Exploring the relationship between commodity prices and occupational health. (Rising Stars Initiative, 2017-2019)
The aim of this project is to explore the relationship between commodity prices and occupational health and safety injuries in the Bolivian Cooperative mining industry. Developed with the collaboration of the Bolivian Network of Women and Mining (RNMM) this research aims to gain insight into the macro-economic determinants of OHS.
c) Tackling Podoconiosis in Central America (IRPN Fund 2015-2018)
The aim of this project funded by the IRPN Fund (Sussex University) is to explore the extent to which podoconiosis is a neglected public health problem in Central America and support endemic country control through the establishment of sustainable regional collaborations and evidence-based interventions. This project is developed as an action-research network in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), Foorwork (global podoconiosis initiative) and the Centre for Health Studies (CES, University del Valle, Guatemala).
d) Vivir Bien/ Buen Vivir and post-neoliberal development paths in Latin America: Scope, strategies and the realities of implementation
Editor (with Kepa Artaraz and Melania Calestani) of special issue on the multifaceted meanings of ‘living well’ and their policy translations and challenges in Latin America and beyond. (Journal: Latin American Perspectives) - currently issuing a call for papers. For more information please get in touch or visit the LAP website >
PhD Supervision: I am interested in supervising qualitative research in the fields of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), labour studies, development studies and socio-cultural and medical anthropology. I am particularly interested in the following topics: Occupational Health and Safety, health risk behaviours and/or perceptions, diseases of poverty, precarious employment, working conditions and supply chains. My particular interest is on the complex relationship between development, employment and health, as well as on using grounded research to inform policy and practice. People interested in any of these topics are encouraged to get in touch to discuss thesis supervision.
Current PhD students: Mohamed Elsheikh – Mycetoma in Sudan, a situational analysis.