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Centre of African Studies: People


Michaela Hubmann

Michaela Hubmann
Michaela Hubmann
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Anthropology of Global Health, Medical Anthropology, Health systems and global health, Health systems strengthening, Politics of health, Public health, Global Health Policy, State building, Forms of Citizenship, New forms of Manageralism, Time, temporality & chronicity, Global and Public Health Governance

After Ebola: An ethnographic study of the primary health care rebuilding and strengthening process in Bo district, Sierra Leone

My ethnographic research investigates how new modes of Global and Public Health Governance shape relational aspects of the primary healthcare rebuilding and strengthening efforts in Sierra Leone.  My research also explores how time is employed as a powerful tool within the global and public health sphere and in which ways various actors within the health system resist in one way or the other.  

Academic History

2015 – present: PhD candidate in African Studies, University of Edinburgh

2013 – 14: MSc Medical Anthropology & Sociology, University of Amsterdam

2010 – 13: BSc Social Anthropology, Brunel University

Teaching Experience


Tutor: International Development, Aid & Humanitarianism (1st and 2nd year Undergraduate), University of Edinburgh


Guest Lecture: Introduction to Medical Anthropology, Njala University, Bo, Sierra Leone

Guest Lecture: Social factors of behavioural emergencies; COMAS & Njala University,  Bo, Sierra Leone

Conference Presentations


Paper “Socio-cultural and structural factors influencing Maternal Mortality Rates in Bo District: An Anthropological Investigation”. Symposium of the Sierra Leone Health & Biomedical Research Association

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Extended fieldwork grant, Economic and Social Research Council (2016), University of Edinburgh

Wellcome-Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (2015), University of Edinburgh

Global Development Academy Fieldwork Research Grant (2015), University of Edinburgh, UK

Award of a full PhD Scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council (2014), UK

Award for the best Anthropology Dissertation of the year 2013, Brunel University, UK

The Sidney Perry Foundation Educational Grant (2012 & 2013), UK

Various small grants awarded by Rotary Clubs in London (2012), UK