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Dr Rebecca Irons
Institute for Global Health UCL
30 Guilford Street
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  • Research Fellow in Humanities and Social Science
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
I received a Wellcome Trust funded PhD Medical Anthropology from UCL in 2020, for which I looked at family planning amongst Peruvian indigenous populations. 

Prior to graduating I held a Secondment Fellowship from Wellcome, and worked with the United Nations Population Fund on Venezuelan migrant health service access.

I subsequently held positions as a Visiting Lecturer in Medical Anthropology (UCL), Lecturer in Anthropology (University of Bristol), and Research Associate in Latin American Environmental Humanities (University of Bristol), before returning to UCL in 2021 for another Secondment Fellowship from Wellcome, this time working with the Nuffield Trust on non-clinical NHS management and BME representation. 

I currently hold a Research Fellowship in Medical Humanities for the project: 'Positively Belonging in Peru?: Venezuelan Migrants with HIV/AIDS at the intersections of Pharmaceutical Citizenship, Biosocialities, Race and Biomedicine', which will run until 2025.

I'm the Blog Editor for the UCL Medical Anthropology Blog.

Research Summary
I am a Medical Anthropologist working principally in Latin America and the UK, on the themes of sexual and reproductive health, coloniality, indigeneity, gender, Anthropocene health, and more recently, COVID-19 and the NHS.

Other research interests include the Anthropocene and multispecies health, with special attention to marine environments. I explored these interests further as part of the 'Reimagining the Pacific' project at Bristol (2021), looking at gastropolitics & cholera.

During the pandemic I worked with non-clinical management in the NHS around decision making, and extend this research with the Nuffield Trust (2021-2022) to explore BME representation within NHS managerial spaces.

Teaching Summary
I contribute to the following courses:

  • Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health (GLBH0007)
  • Gender and Global Health (GLBH0038)

Research Supervision:

I am currently accepting PhD students as secondary supervisor for students whose projects cover the above outlined research interests.

2021 – 2025 Research Fellow Institute for Global Health UCL, United Kingdom
2021 – 2022 Secondment Fellow   Nuffield Trust, United Kingdom
2021 – 2021 Research Associate Latin American Studies University of Bristol, United Kingdom
2020 – 2021 Lecturer in Anthropology   University of Bristol, United Kingdom
2019 – 2019 Secondment Fellow   United Nations Population Fund, Peru
Academic Background
  PhD Anthropology UCL
  MRes Anthropology UCL
  MA Development studies University of Sussex
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