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Dr Ayeshah Emon
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) in Public Health
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Dr Ayeshah Émon is a medical anthropologist with a background in global health, social policy, and gender and LGBTQ+ studies. She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Her doctoral work focused on reproductive technologies in the context of gamete donation, and the management of donor anonymity in cryobanks. Dr Émon has worked both within and outside academia in the development and health sector, with international non-government organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNAIDS, ActionAid, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in projects pertaining to transdisciplinarity in health, health and human rights, and racial justice. Her research interests involve reproductive health, mental health and health policy. Her current research focuses on the impact of Covid-19 on the lives and career pathways of young college-going adults. Dr Émon also has a background in film and the performance arts, and is trained in Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.
Research Summary
Dr Émon is currently involved in two key research streams: 
Research focus (1): The impact of COVID 19 on mental health, ethics of care and life course of young adults within a European context 
Research focus (2) Trauma, sexuality, LGBTQ+ reproductive health in the South Asian and Irish diasporas in the US and UK. 
Her Ph.D. dissertation "The Making of the Sperm Donor: Constructing Science, Managing Identity in Five US Cryobanks” was ranked among the top 20 best cultural anthropology dissertations of 2012. 

Teaching Summary
Dr Émon has a teaching history in higher education spanning two decades. She has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Trinity College Dublin and the National University Ireland-Galway (NUIG) in diverse subjects such as medical anthropology, global health, social policy, reproductive health and policy, life course and comparative welfare states, ageing societies in the EU and OECD countries, gender and women's studies,and theatre for social and cultural awareness. At UCL, she has taught courses in global health, health systems, health policy, qualitative research methods, fundamentals of public health, leadership and management in public health, and urban health.
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