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Dr Hannah Brown

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Social Anthropology

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Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology +44 (0) 191 33 40244
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


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

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

Awarded Grants

  • 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).


Book review

  • Brown, Hannah (2017). Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic. The Journal of Development Studies Free eprint:

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

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Bonwitt, Jesse & Brown, Hannah (2017). PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDS) journal, live “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) chat.
  • Billaud, Julie, Thedvall, Renita, Sandler, Jen, Brown, Hannah, Reed, Adam & Yarrow, Thomas (2017). First virtual meeting on meeting.
  • Billaud, Julie, Thedvall, Renita, Sandler, Jen, Brown, Hannah, Reed, Adam & Yarrow, Thomas (2017). Second virtual meeting on meeting.
  • (2015). Spotlight: Managing health crises after Ebola. Sci Dev Net
  • Marí Sáez, Almudena, Kelly, Ann H. & Brown, Hannah (2014). Notes from Case Zero: Anthropology in the time of Ebola.
  • Marí Sáez,Almudena, Kelly, Ann H. & Brown, Hannah (2014). Apuntes sobre el paciente cero: antropología en los tiempos del ébola. Lamarea
  • (2014). Ebola in focus: Rapid Response Roundtable.


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