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Ms Charlotte Hawkins
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  • Research Fellow in Smartphones and Smart Ageing Project
  • Dept of Anthropology
  • Faculty of S&HS

Charlotte gained her PhD at University College London in 2021. Her research was based in Kampala, Uganda as part of ‘the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing’, a global comparative study of ageing, health and smartphones.


Prior to that, her research for her MSc in social anthropology at the University of Amsterdam explored mental health stigma in Uganda. This prompted an interest in the potential for anthropological research to expose and alleviate health inequities, particularly in relation to chronic conditions.   

Research Summary

Charlotte is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UCL, where she is involved in the ERC-funded ‘Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing’ study.


Her doctoral thesis (2021), based on 16-months ethnographic research in a diverse neighbourhood in Kampala, Uganda, focuses on the articulation of cooperative moralities in the digital age. This looks at experiences of ageing in the city, the reconfiguration of family and care responsibilities and the ways ideals of ageing are invoked and made meaningful in the “dotcom era”. The research shows how ‘dotcom’ tools such as smartphones offer a platform for care across distances. This is currently being adapted for publication as an accessible monograph with UCL Press. 


She is interested in using collaborative ethnographic approaches to understand health concepts and inequities, particularly in relation to mental health and chronic conditions. She is also currently engaged in the formative research and qualitative evaluation of a pilot ‘community tele-psychotherapy’ project in Kampala and is co-editing a volume on anthropological approaches to digital health.

Teaching Summary

Charlotte teaches on digital anthropology at UCL. She will be a lecturer on 'the anthropology of the smartphone' course in 2022 (ANTH0197). 

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