The core of my research interests and expertise falls within the scope of medical anthropology, with a specific focus on maternal health. In the project “Death before Birth”, I am a part of a team of researchers looking at various aspects of the experience of miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth in England. In particular, we are interested in how people reach decisions regarding the disposal of the remains of pregnancy, how their perceptions of the law inform their decisions, as well as how these experiences are expressed to people around them.
In the past, I carried out ethnographic fieldwork among highland migrants to lowland Bolivia, focusing on the relationships between emotions, sociality, and well-being as well as understandings of the body that incorporate traditional and biomedical notions. I was specifically interested in conceptualisations of the perinatal period and how the transformations occurring in traditional concepts and rules of pregnancy and puerperium as a result of the implementation of new Bolivian health care policies. Furthermore, I looked at wider socio-politico-economic phenomena, with a particular focus on their impact on the way in which migrant women in the lowland Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra understand and access medical care. Analysing the links between emotions and sociality also led me to a discussion of forms of kinship and relatedness found among highland migrants to lowland Bolivia.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews
The meanings of sobreparto: Postpartum illness and embodiment of emotions among Andean migrants in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia27 Jan 2011 - 29 Oct 2015