Shelley Lees is leading on anthropological research alongside two Ebola
vaccine trials (EBOVAC and PREVAC) in Sierra Leone. She is also principal investigator on the AViD study. She is work package lead for the ALERRT consortium, focusing on social science and community engagement for
research and response to epidemics, and the EBOVAC3 consortium where she is leading research on community preparedness and acceptability of vaccine deployment for future epidemics in Sierra Leone, Guinea and DRC. She is the
co-Chair of the GOARN Social Science Research Group.
Clarissa Simas is a psychologist and medical anthropologist and has worked in Brazil and Haiti. She is currently a research assistant with the Vaccine Confidence Project. She is currently investigating public acceptance of health
interventions, with a particular focus on vaccine confidence in South America, risk perceptions and psychogenic adverse reactions to vaccines globally.
BRAZIL CASE STUDY
Mark Marchant is a political theorist focusing on power and change in two main areas: (i) research in and for humanitarian responses to emergent disease outbreaks and (ii) preventing and responding to sexual and gender- based violence (SGBV). He is part of the African coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training (ALERRT) consortium’s work package on social science and community engagement. ALERRT is a multi-disciplinary consortium of 21 partner organisations from 13 countries building a patient- centred clinical research network to respond to epidemics across sub-Saharan Africa. Mark is contributing to AViD through lessons learned across the case studies and the development of tools and frameworks for social science learning around vaccine deployment.
Theresa Jones holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hull and is a Senior Research Associate at Anthrologica. She has conducted research across Africa and the Middle East, specialising in participatory research methodologies, and is experienced in the assessment, design, implementation and evaluation of mental health and psychosocial support programmes in fragile settings. Theresa is leading the overarching evaluation component of the AViD project which is specifically framed to: 1) provide important reflection for each of the case
studies; 2) synthesise common themes across each of the case studies to provide useful reflection for the overall project; and 3) provide constructive learning for social scientists working in vaccine deployment and administration in the future.
Olivia is Chief Executive Officer of Anthrologica and provides technical and managerial oversight across the portfolio. She has held senior roles in a range of development and research organisations including the Overseas Development Institute and Options Consultancy Services. She holds a PhD in International Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and has worked across Africa and Asia, combining her skills in social science, health systems research, governance and political economy analysis. Olivia is a long-standing member of the Health Systems Global technical working group for research in fragile and conflict-affected states. She is based in the UK.
Luisa Enria has conducted ethnographic research looking into community experiences of the West African Ebola outbreak and acceptability of biomedical interventions such as vaccine trials. Her current work explores local experiences of “crisis” and the ways in which the militarised Ebola response shaped young people’s relationship with the state.
SIERRA LEONE CASE STUDY
Alex Bowmer is leading the AViD Uganda case study that explores how local knowledge of vaccines is constructed and communicated. This research explores the cross-overs between human and veterinary medicine, as it
seeks to establish whether negative experiences with veterinary vaccines amongst rural subsistence livestock farmers in the South of Uganda affects
human uptake. His research will also assist with the roll-out of the new Rift Valley Fever vaccine, as this case study will examine the acceptability of a OneHealth vaccine.
UGANDA CASE STUDY
Lys Alcayna-Stevens is a visiting postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University and a post-doctoral researcher with Anthrologica on the AViD project at the London School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2017 and was a Fondation Fyssen post-doctoral researcher at the Institut Pasteur and Laboratoire d’Anthropologie
Sociale (Collège de France) in Paris from 2016-2018. She has worked extensively in rural DR Congo since 2012, conducting ethnographic research on
environmental politics and the social and economic repercussions of Ebola
epidemics. She also worked for UNICEF in the immediate aftermath of the Ebola epidemic in Equateur Province (DRC) in 2018.
DRC CASE STUDY
LYS ALCAYNA STEVENS
Juliet Bedford founded Anthrologica in 2008 and is recognised as a global leader in the application of anthropology in global health. Juliet has extensive experience designing and leading complex qualitative and mixed-methods research and evaluations. She has over 18 years technical experience in developing contexts, fragile states and emergency settings, has worked throughout Africa, South and Southeast Asia. Juliet serves on the Strategic Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards (STAG-HI) for the WHO’s Health Emergency Programme and leads Anthrologica's work with the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform. She is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Global Public Health at New York University and holds a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she remains a Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Hana Rohan is Assistant Professor in Social Science for the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, LSHTM. She is deployable in the event of an outbreak
emergency. Outside of outbreaks, her research focuses on improving
information preparedness for outbreak response. Hana obtained her PhD from
LSHTM in 2010, studying access to HIV services in the UK for Zimbabwean women with insecure immigration status. Hana has a longstanding interest in
the health of vulnerable populations and in infectious disease, and since completing her PhD, has worked on a number of health and governance research projects for NGOs in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Cambodia. She has also worked in operational positions in Sierra Leone during the Ebola response
and in the post-Ebola recovery period, helping manage the Ebola alerts system, and then the Free Health Care medical commodities supply chain.
UK PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE TEAM