Ann H. Kelly
I am a Senior Lecturer of Global Health in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, at King’s College, London. My work focuses on the practices of global health research and experimentation, with special attention to the built environment, material artifacts, and practical labors of tropical disease control in sub-Saharan Africa. My ethnographic research has often been intertwined with medical interventions and disease control projects, which has given me the opportunity to reflect on the relevance of anthropological insights and methods for global health. Collaborations with bioscientists, disease ecologists and clinicians have inspired a number of conceptual questions, ranging from notions of experimental value, the role of ignorance and memory in the sciences, the problematic of disentanglement in human/nonhuman encounters, or the scale of political participation and the configuration of publics in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent projects include an Open Research Area European Award to explore the social afterlives and material remains of tropical medicine and an investigation on data sharing practices between research institutions in the north and south funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Over the past year, my work has been focused on the Ebola outbreak, as a Steering Committee member of the UK Ebola Response Anthropology Platform and leading an ESRC-funded interdisciplinary project examining the impact of the response, involving fieldwork and engagement with local communities, policy makers and researchers in West Africa and Europe.