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Dr Jennie Gamlin
Institute of Global Health
30 Guilford St
Tel: 02079052122
  • Senior Research Fellow - Wellcome Trust
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Jennie’s career spans the UK and Mexico.  A graduate in Development Studies Jennie moved to Mexico in 1995 to work with a street children’s NGO,  from where she went on to study an MA in Latin American Studies at the UNAM. Before returning to the UK in 2002, she worked as a consultant for reproductive health NGOs and lectured in Sociology and Development at the ITESM in Mexico City.  In 2004 Jennie joined UCL’s  Centre for International Health and Development (CIHD) as a Research Assistant for the Children in Difficult Circumstances research team and between 2004-10 conducted research on child labour and health, in particular the health consequences of pesticide exposure in agricultural labour and psychosocial effects of child domestic work.  Between 2007-2011 Jennie returned to Mexico to conduct her doctoral research, a study of maternal child health and pesticides with the indigenous Huichol group, during this time she was based at the Research Centre for Social Anthropology (CIESAS), in Mexico City.  Jennie returned to the UK in 2011 and has taught on graduate and undergraduate courses at the IGH, Liverpool University and the University of East London.  From 2012-13 she coordinated a qualitative study for Haringey Council on the ‘Determinants of Non-Update and early Cessation of Breastfeeding’ and from 2013-2014, as Lecturer in Public Health, she worked to set-up a Masters in Public Health programme for the University of Liverpool in London. Jennie began a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Research Fellowship in May 2014 and is based in Mexico conducting field work until mid 2016. Jennie is a member of the CIESAS (Research Centre on Social Anthropology –Mexico City) Seminar on Permanent Anthropology and is currently developing a collaborative programme of teaching and research on Critical Medical Anthropology between the UNAM and UCL. 

Research Summary

Jennie began her research career studying the health impacts of child work, focusing first on child labour in agriculture and later the psychosocial effects of child domestic work. Looking at the health effects of pesticides on agricultural workers led her into her doctoral research, an ethnography of Mexican Huichol migrants working on tobacco plantations, that explored how men and women understood the effects of pesticides on their reproductive health. Her current Wellcome Trust funded research is an ethnographic study of the structural determinants of maternal health among Huichol Indians. The study explores how a range of factors including gender, racism, social and economic inequalities and political marginalisation impact upon indigenous groups to make them more vulnerable to illness and mortality. By exploring and analysing lived experiences, decision making processes,and relationships between people and institutions Jennie is documenting how structural violence operates at a local level. As an offshoot of her work on the structural determinants of health, Jennie is researching Mexican masculinities and how these are linked to different forms of violence. This research looks at male identities within the context of structural violence, and how socioeconomic circumstances have impacted upon men’s gender identity and their tendency to use violence.

Jennie is a member of the IGH Centre for Gender and Global Health for which she runs the Gender and Global Health seminar series, and is developing a new line of research on gender, violence and global health. 

Teaching Summary

Jennie is leads on the module  Anthropology and Global Health. 

She has taught modules on  Global Health and Development and  Qualitative Research Methods and contributed to teaching on all of the core modules that form part of the MSc in Global Health and Development.

Outside the IGH she has taught International Child Health and Child Health (Univeristy of East London), and on the University of Liverpool's Master's in Public Health programme and the LSHTM's Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health. 

Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Anthropology University College London
2004 MSc Master of Science – Demography and Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2000 MAS Masters – Latin American Language studies Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
1994 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Development Studies with Visual Studies University of Central Lancashire
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