- promoting the study of biosocial sciences -


PhD Grants in 2023:


Catherine Clarke
(University College London)
Area-based conservation targets in the Colombian Amazon: a biocultural critique


Small Grants in 2023:


Mariam Arikosi
(University College London)

The extent Rural Civil Society Organizations are instrumental in providing innovative people-centred health care to underserved rural communities in Pallisa District Uganda
Nina Churchill
(University College London)
Land tenure security, conservation, and rural livelihoods in the Sustainable Use Protected Area Baía Negra, Pantanal Wetland Brazil
Alice Gottesman
(University College London)
Community-driven governance for jaguar ecotourism and conservation in the Brazilian Pantanal
Erin Hartmann
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Understanding reproductive violence against adolescent girls and its relationship with their family planning decision-making: an exploration of girls’ experiences in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
Bryony Jenkins
(University College London)
Social Networks as an adaptive strategy in the Pantanal
Gabriella Santini
(University College London)
Herd(er)-Lion entanglements in Southern Kenya: assessing the impact of conservation initiatives on pastoralist-lion dynamics
Lamiaa Shehata
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
A mixed method, longitudinal study of contraceptive use and equity of access to family planning among young people in Egypt
Stephano Simba
(University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania)
Prevalence and factors associated with respectful maternity care among recently delivered women at Sekou Toure regional referral hospital Mwanza Tanzania


PhD Grants in 2022: None

Small Grants in 2022:


Carlotta Gamberini
(Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

MIcrobes and MOthers (MIMO) – antibiotics prescription practices in antenatal care
Jessica Gordon
(University of Sussex)
Redressing the ‘winners and losers’ effect: understanding nutrition-related inequities in commercial farming contexts in Ghana
Joseph Hamm
(University of Leeds)
The effectiveness and social implications a conservation performance payment for large carnivores: a case study in Ruaha, Tanzania
Ai Lin Mao
(University College London)
Unbearably close: escalating human-bear entanglements in a Zanskari village
Esther Sharma
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Birthing at Europe’s Crossroads: perinatal experiences of Afghan women in Serbia


PhD Grants in 2021:


Govind Singh
(University of Sussex)
Understanding quality of care in family planning services: Moving from Metrics to Perspectives


Small Grants in 2021:


Mariam Abouelenin
(Lancaster University)
Patrilineal fertility and marital bargaining in Egypt
Katherine Footman
(London School of Economics)
Choice within abortion care pathways in England and Wales
Victoria Ford
(University of Oxford)
(Mis)Managing Microbiomes: Experiences and Challenges with Chronic Vulvovaginal Yeast Infections in Primary Care


PhD Grants in 2020:


Leah Eades
( University of Edinburgh)
After the Eighth: Abortion and the Politics of Reproduction in Post-Repeal Ireland


Small Grants in 2020:


María Galvis Malagón
(University College London)
Multiple territories and power nuances: An analysis of conservation areas in Algeciras (Huila, Colombia)
Rebbeca Jopling
(King’s College London)
Patient level barriers to adherence to antiretroviral therapy in emerging adults aged 18-29 living with HIV in Zimbabwe
Kaveri Mayra
(University of Southampton)
Women’s experience and perception of respect, disrespect and abuse during childbirth
Sophie Mylan
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Pandemic preparedness in refugee settings in Northern Uganda: a biosocial approach


PhD Grants in 2019:


Birtukan Asmare
(University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria)
Perception, strategies, practices and health consequences of farm pest management among rural female headed households in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia


Small Grants in 2019:


Cristina Douglas
(University of Aberdeen)
Bonding at the very end: emergence of personhood in end-of-life and palliative care through Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)
Qian Gao
(King's College London)
Exploring unmet social and healthcare needs of older adults with chronic illness in China
Thomas Pienkowski
(University of Oxford)
Conservation and human health: feedbacks between human–wildlife conflict and mental health?
Nickolas Surawy-Stepney
(King's College London)
Morphine in India: an ethnographic study
Giuseppe Zenatti
(The University of Milan, Italy)
Tuberculosis in women of Ethiopia – the contribution of pregnancy


PhD Grants in 2018:


Shibei Ni
(University of Southampton)
From one-child to two-child in China - The one-child generation’s choice?
Collins Zamawe
(University College London)
The impact of using herbal medicines during pregnancy on maternal and neonatal outcomes in rural Malawi


Small Grants in 2018:


Plummer Hamilton
(Imperial College London)
Patterns of population movement in onchocerciasis foci in Ghana: parameterising meta-population models for disease elimination
Marthe Le Prevost
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
A mixed methods study of psychosocial issues and engagement in healthcare in young people with perinatal HIV in AALPHI
Gillian McKay
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Family planning during Ebola: Perspectives on receipt and provision in Sierra Leone
Heather Purshouse
(University of Stirling)
Ecological sanitation and menstrual health: do composting toilets meet the practical, social and cultural needs of menstruating women and girls in Malawi?


PhD Grants in 2017: None

Small Grants in 2017:


Abiodun Adanikin
(University of Southampton)
Accessing family planning services in Nigeria: clients’ perspective of motivators and quality of care
Peninah Agaba
(University of Hull)
Utilisation and experiences in use of maternal health services among unmarried adolescents (10-19 years) in Uganda
Enu Anand
(International Institute for Population Sciences, India)
The Process, Phenomenon and Implications of Across-region Marriages as a response to Marriage Squeeze in Punjab & Haryana
Sabine de Graaf
(University College London)
The Power of Aspirations and the Politics of Hope among Syrian refugees coming to Europe
Austin Hagwood
(University of Cambridge)
Seeing REDD: The Political Ecology of Logging in Papua New Guinea
Anushé Hassan
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Who Needs a Father? Investigating the Impact of Paternal Investment on Child Health
Monica Jamali
(University of Southampton)
Investigating access and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services among people with disability in Malawi
Anne Schuster
(University of Southampton)
Social change, political inequity and reproductive health: evaluating fertility decline in Myanmar


PhD Grants in 2016:


Saskia Hendriks
(University of Amsterdam)
The importance of genetic parenthood for infertile couples opting for assisted reproduction


Small Grants in 2016:


Catherine Clarke
(University College London)
Environment, Development and Industrial Oil Palm in Southern Cameroon
Sarah-Louise Decrausaz
(University of Cambridge)
Bringing to bear: a morphometric, longitudinal and biocultural examination of pelvic growth and the obstetric dilemma
Jitendra Gouda
(International Institute for Population Sciences, India)
Respectful Maternity Care: An assessment of differently managed health institutions in Odisha
Madeleine Gupta-Wright
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Eliminating Trachoma in Malawi: a biosocial perspective
Tamara Mulenga
(Brighton and Sussex Medical School)
Barriers to health reporting in Zambia and the influence of new media: in-depth interview study with Zambian journalists
Patricia Ndugga
(University of Southampton)
Fertility preferences among postpartum women in Uganda


PhD Grants in 2015: None

Small Grants in 2015:


Tina Andersson
(University of Cambridge)
The cultural values and social institutions that shape conservation partnerships in Fiji: the case of marine managed areas
Sophie Hedges
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Difficult Decisions: Rural livelihoods, child work and parental investment in education
Alison Simmance
(University of Southampton)
Sustainable livelihoods: the value of small scale aquaculture to food and nutritional security in Malawi
Fiona Simmance
(University of Southampton)
The role of small-scale inland capture fisheries for food security in Malawi


PhD Grants in 2014: None

Small Grants in 2014:


Fergus Byrne
(University College London)
Free Prior Informed Consent and Community Measuring, Reporting and Verification (C-MRV) in the North Rupununi: An ethnographic analysis of the dissemination of information and Makushi perspectives on REDD+
Judith Cirac Claveras
(University College London)
The impacts of rural out-migration on farming activities of households left behind in Concepción Tutuapa, San Marcos Department, Guatemala
Emily Hockenhull
(University of Westminster)
Assessing attitudes of women towards breastfeeding and the effect that female community health volunteers have on practices in rural Nepal
Divya Kumari
(International Institute for Population Sciences, India)
Role of inter-spousal communication in reproductive behaviour: a study of rural Bihar
Barbara Mutedzi
(Durham University)
What is preventing children, adolescents and their caregivers from accessing and sustaining HIV/AIDS care; and what is preventing health personnel from providing adequate HIV/AIDS care?
Rodrigo Retamal Yermani
(University of Cambridge)
Regional implications of the effect of fast growth over weight/height index in Chilean pre-schoolers
Aisha Dasgupta
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Contraceptive switching and discontinuation: what is the role of health care providers in northern Malawi?


PhD Grants in 2013:


Georgina Pearson
(London School of Economics and Political Science)
Understanding patterns of health and disease among fisherfolk in north-west Uganda


Small Grants in 2013:


Jesman Chintsanya
(University of Southampton)
Fertility dynamics and contraceptive use in Malawi
Gillian Conquest
(University College London)
Exploring the impacts of digital information communication technologies (ICTs) on local communities' participation in forest resource management in the Republic of Congo
Dalia Iskander
(Durham University)
Adolescents as malaria health promoting actors in Bataraza: a school-based health education project using Photovoice
Amie Kamanda
(University of Southampton)
Interpretations of the decline in the population of Kono District during the Sierra Leonean civil war, 1991–2002
Chung Liu
(University College London)
The social life of birds: Wapishana indigenous knowledge and community conservation in the South Rupununi, Guyana
Melissa Paintoux
(University College London)
Impact of international male migration on left-behind women's marital and reproductive strategies in a Senegalese town
Miriam Westervelt
(University College London)
Gendered perceptions of forest loss, livelihood shift, and natural resource decision-making among users of the “Forest of the Lost Child” (Naimina Enkiyio) in southern Kenya: 1975–present


PhD Grants in 2012: None

Small Grants in 2012:


Rachel Bennett
(University of Southampton)
Understanding children’s migration experiences in rural South Africa
Federico de Luca
(University of Southampton)
Investigating health care workers’ knowledge about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Gita Kasthala
(University College London)
Assessing the biological and cultural values of large highland lakes in Papua, Indonesia
Megan Ledger
(University of Southampton)
Exploring the impact of a sociocultural family planning intervention in Saint-Louis, Senegal: a local perspective
Loes Loning
(University College London)
Sexuality and knowledge of reproductive health at primary and middle-schools in South-East Madagascar
David Sabogal Habedank
(University College London)
The impacts of internal migration on indigenous land tenure systems, and the implications for REDD initiatives in Madre de Dios, Peru
Christopher Williams
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)
“What is the nature of your emergency?”: an evaluation of the use of mobile phones in delivering emergency and obstetric health care to a remote population in Eastern Uganda


PhD Grants in 2011:

*Shared Grant

Devanshi Chanchani
(University of East Anglia)
What are the drivers of under nutrition for poor communities in rural India?
Eva Luksaite
(Brunel University)
The intimate state: female sterilisation, citizenship and the body in North India

Small Grants in 2011:


Elisabetta Bizzarri
(University College London)
Determinants of the feasibility of bushmeat alternatives in Equatorial Guinea
Jessica Friswell
(University College London)
Indigenous mapping in southern Cameroon: negotiating resource access with forest peoples
Shona Horter
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Assessing home based treatment and care of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patients in Kitgum, Uganda
Kaushlendra Kumar
(International Institute for Population Sciences, India)
Preventing maternal deaths in Uttar Pradesh, India
David Lawrence
(University of Durham)
The effects of peer-led Sex and Relationship Education on sexual behaviours in Uganda
Nicolas Montalva
(University College London)
Lactase persistence and milking practices in common goat herders of the semi-arid region of Chile
Baasanjav Terbish
(University of Cambridge)
Demographic movements in the Republic of Kalmykia, Russia


PhD Grants in 2010:


Joshua Mendelsohn
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Adherence to HAART in refugees and surrounding host communities in Malaysia and Kenya

Small Grants in 2010:


Michael Callaghan
(Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada)
Gender dynamics of antiretroviral therapy in Namibia
Olivia Down
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Diverse uses of anti-malaria bednets: outcomes and determinants
Clara Greenwood
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Ethno-veterinary investigation of tick-killing methods in Swaziland; the role of ticks in disease and potential human health risks
Alexey Kruk
(Department of Public Health, University of Oxford)
Prevalence and risk factors for HIV and viral hepatitis B and C among adults in a Russian penitentiary facility
Nalin Singh Negi
(Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India)
Impact of male out-migration on women left behind in rural Uttarakhand
Divya Tiwari
(Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
Delays in receiving maternal health care after obstetric complications in rural Uttar Pradesh


PhD Grants in 2009:


Laura Ferguson
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Access to HIV care for women testing HIV positive in maternity services: missed opportunities

Small Grants in 2009:


Ambika Aiyadurai
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Women, wildlife and woodland in Mishmi society, an indigenous tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India
Helen Cross
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Marine species richness, extraction and use in a small island West African state
Paul Narh Doku
(Division of Community Based Sciences, University of Glasgow)
Mental health of HIV/AIDS orphaned and vulnerable children in Ghana
Sujata Ganguly
(International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai, India)
Consequences of male migration on lives of women left behind: a study of rural Uttar Pradesh
Meghna Gupta
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Investigating household consumption, waste and re-use in India
Jennifer Holden
(Department of Medical Anthropology, University of Sussex)
‘Smaller family’ communications in Rwanda: the factors driving messages and their impact on fertility decisions
Sandra Dong-Hee Hwang
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Meanings of ‘empowerment’ in the context of HIV interventions with sex workers: a qualitative study of Ashodaya organization in Mysore, India
Sonal Mobar
(Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Stigma against HIV/AIDS and its impact on testing and treatment seeking behaviour among people living with tuberculosis in Ladakh region of J&K state in India
Adaoma Wosu
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Effects of tourism and conservation on intertidal resource users

PhD Grants in 2008: None

Small Grants in 2008:


Claire Bedelian
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Community conservation in pastoral lands in Kenya
Christine Carter
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Success and failure of Marine Protected Areas in East Africa
Bright Drah
(Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada)
Fostering and HIV/AIDS: experiences of queenmothers in Ghana
Amanda Mitchell
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Small-scale cultivation of a bio-fuel crop in Tanzania
Soumya Mohanty
(International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai, India)
Female migrants and reproductive tract infections in Mumbai
Hannah Parathian
(Department of Anthropology and Geography, Oxford Brookes University)
Human-wildlife interactions among Tikuma Indians of Colombia
Bjorn Schulte-Herbruggen 
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Role of bushmeat in livelihoods of cocoa farmers in Ghana
Rebecca Welling
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Livelihood strategies of women in a cocoa farming village in Ghana


PhD Grants in 2007:


Mwenza Blell
(Department of Anthropology, University of Durham)
Experience of menopause among British Pakistani women in West Yorkshire
Rosie Mayston
(Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London)
Mental health and HIV-related service use in Goa, India

Small Grants in 2007:


Carolina Comandulli
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Effect of legal change in Brazil on land tenure and resource access
Jamie Copsey
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Land cover change and community based resource management in Madagascar
Shakti Lamba
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Development of cooperative norms in human societies
Rebecca Langford
(Department of Anthropology, University of Durham)
Impact of hand washing on child health in Nepal
Marie-Annick Moreau
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Role of aquatic resources in rural livelihoods in Tanzania
Manas Pradhan
(International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai, India)
Gender, sexuality and reproductive health of young people in Puri, India
Graham Wallace
(Department of Anthropology & Geography, Oxford Brookes University)
Reduction of farmer and wildlife crop-raiding conflict in Uganda


Small Grants in 2006:


Kristin Klingaman
(Department of Anthropology, University of Durham)
Infant care after caesarean section delivery
Ekisa Ayarra
(School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton)
Fertility transition in Kenya
Sudeshna Ghosh
(International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India)
Young married women’s reproductive health in rural West Bengal
Sophie Haines
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Livelihoods, culture and land distribution in southern Belize
Laura Jones
(Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University)
Pubertal development in urban South African adolescents
Susan Kasedde
(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Influence of HIV on fostering in households in rural Uganda
David Lawson
(Department of Anthropology, University College London) 
Sibling competition for family resources, child development, and fertility
Grazyna Liczbinska
(Department of Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)
Mortality among Roman Catholics and Lutherans in C19 Poznan
Imon Sultana
(Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
Iron supplementation, deworming and cognitive function in Bangladeshi children
Gretchen Walters
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Savanna resource use: traditional ecology and conservation practice in Gabon


Small Grants in 2005:


Rebecca Drury
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Changing socioeconomic patterns and wildlife trade in rural Cambodia
Mohua Guha
(International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India)
Health consequences of arsenic pollution in West Bengal
Frances Hansford
(Department of International Development, University of Oxford)
Discrimination in intra-household food distribution in rural Brazil
Tatyana Intigrinova
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Local resource use practices and economic change in Buryatia
Pieta Nasanen
(Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University)
Indoor air pollution and respiratory disease in Bangladesh
Giovanni Orlando
(Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Biodiversity conservation policy and livelihood in rural Uganda
Abhishek Singh
(International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India)
Male involvement in reproductive health in Maharashtra State, India
Chiedra Zingoni
(Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University)
Nutrition transition among adolescents in Soweto, Johannesburg

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