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Personal profile


A social anthropologist by training, I completed my PhD at James Cook University in Australia in 2000 based on fieldwork in South Korea on Chondogyo, one of the country’s many new religious movements. I continued to work in this area until 2006, coinciding with a move to Canada, when I moved into the anthropology of health and medicine.

Since that time my research has has focused primarily on bringing an anthropological lens to bear on smoking – both on tobacco use itself and efforts to eradicate it (especially tobacco ‘denormalization’ strategies). I also have a similar interest in cancer – both how it is experienced and how it is intervened into – especially in the ‘survivorship’ phase. I am also interested in research ethics and the processes that shape academic knowledge production more broadly - especially scholarly publishing infrastructures.

Prior to joining the Anthropology Programme in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Roehampton, I held academic appointments in anthropology departments at the University of British Columbia in Canada, Macquarie University in Australia and University of Northern Colorado in the USA.



BA(Hons), MA, PhD

Research projects

External funded (past 10 years)

2019 - £28,500 Small Grant in Humanities and Social Science, Wellcome Trust. The ‘skin’ of commerce: Packaging, consumption and the public’s health. Principal applicant.

2013-2016 - $166,000 Population Health Intervention Research Operating Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research & Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. ‘Confronting cigarette packaging’. Principal applicant.

2009-2012 - $153,000 Operating Grant: Social Science & Humanities Research Council: ‘The contradictions of cancer survivorship’. Principal applicant. 

2010 - $25,000 Meetings, Planning & Dissemination Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research: ‘Critically interrogating cancer survivorship’. Co-principal applicant.


Being Human

Key Skills in Anthropology

HIV/AIDS and Global Health (I teach several sessions in this module)

Public Health and Health Promotion (I teach several sessions in this module)

Professional affiliations

Editorial Board member, Critical Public Health (former co-editor)

Excecutive Committee member, Libraria

Royal Anthropological Institute, Fellow

European Association of Social Anthropologists, member

American Anthropological Association, member

External positions

Research Associate, Department of Anthropology; University of British Columbia; Vancouver British Columbia V6T 1Z1 Canada


Lecturer, Macquarie University


Lecturer, University of Northern Colorado



  • GN Anthropology
  • social anthropology
  • medical anthropology
  • public health
  • biomedicine
  • research ethics
  • scholarly publishing
  • disciplinarity


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