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Dr Marlee Tichenor

Lecturer in Health Anthropology

Ph.D. Medical Anthropology

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Lecturer in Health Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology  
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


I received my PhD from the Joint Medical Anthropology Program at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco in 2016. My doctoral research, Malarial Proximities, was a multi-sited ethnographic study of pharmaceutical interventions, antimalarial resistance research, and community-based approaches to the fight against malaria in Senegal. My second project, at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh with the Global Health Governance Programme with Professor Devi Sridhar, investigated the development of metrics at the World Bank for measuring success in global health projects, as well as their influence on the global agenda of, and national strategies for, universal health coverage. My most recent research, as a part of Professor Sotiria Grek's METRO project in the Social Policy Department at the University of Edinburgh, interrogated the way statistical capacity development became its own goal in the global push for the Sustainable Development Goals, and how official statistics are situated as, and have become, a new contentious terrain for a growing community of international organisations to stake claims over sustainable futures.

Research interests

  • global health and global governance
  • anthropology of data and quantification
  • cultures of data science
  • anthropology of organisations
  • science and technology studies
  • pharmaceuticals


Book review

  • Tichenor, Marlee, Droney, Damien & Mika, Marissa (2019). Book Forum: Crystal Biruk, Ramah McKay, and Noémi Tousignant. Somatosphere

Chapter in book

  • Tichenor, Marlee (2016). The Power of Data: Global Malaria Governance and the Senegalese Data Retention Strike. In Metrics: What Counts in Global Health. Adams, Vincanne Duke University Press. 105-123.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Tichenor, Marlee (2020). Defining Wellbeing: Tensions in the World Bank’s approach to Universal Health Coverage.
  • Tichenor, Marlee & Sridhar, Devi (2018). Disruptors: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.