‘Trial communities’: anthropological and historical studies of scientific research in Africa

This Leverhulme Trust Research Award provides core support to our group. The programme’s aim is to develop, as a research group, novel approaches to the anthropological and historical study of medical and related scientific research and intervention in Africa. Projects under this grant include studies of District Health management teams’ co-operation with international academic bodies; MSFs engagement with malaria control initiatives; pharmacist training and urban toxicology in Senegal; cassava biofortification for nutrition in Nigeria; and North-South scientific capacity transfer.

The emphasis is on the post-colonial period and the present, on ways in which the past in its various material and immaterial forms takes effect in the present, and on innovative methodologies that work across ethnographic and archival approaches, and draw upon neighbouring disciplines such as geography, archaeology and science and technology studies.