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Nadine Beckmann's work focuses on the intersections of sexuality, illness, and wellbeing, and the interplay between biomedicine and alternative forms of addressing illness and reproductive health issues, particularly in Muslim communities. She has also worked on the politicisation of AIDS activism, biological citizenship, and medical governance in Tanzania, and is especially interested in the global politics of population and disease control and the interrelationships between large-scale global health interventions and local realities in East Africa.

Nadine received her DPhil in anthropology from the University of Oxford, working on life with HIV/AIDS in a Muslim society, notions of morality and uncertainty, the management of sexuality, and the newly introduced antiretroviral treatment for AIDS in Zanzibar, Tanzania. In the last years, Nadine was a John Fell research fellow and deputy director of the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group at the University of Oxford's School of Anthropology; a research fellow at the Department of Peace Studies in Bradford, and a lecturer in international development at the University of Leeds.


MA, PhD (Oxon)

Consultancy work

Consultancy 'Safer Deliveries – A Qualitative Evaluation of Women’s Birth-Related Decision-Making and Community Health Volunteers’ Motivation' commissioned by D-Tree International, 2018

Consultant for a qualitative study of obstetric fistula in South Sudan for the UNFPA, commissioned by Anthrologica and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2012

Expert witness on Zanzibar for a child custody court case, 2010


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Research Output

Levels and sources of misclassification errors in routine HIV testing: evidence from national HIV surveillance quality assurance testing in Zimbabwe

Gregson, S., Moorhouse, L., Beckmann, N., Skovdal, M., Maswera, R. & Nyamukapa, C., 27 Jul 2020, (Submitted) In : The Lancet HIV.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The invisibility of misdiagnosis in point-of-care testing: How HIV testers in Zimbabwe develop certainty, or question, the authenticity of diagnoses

Skovdal, M., Beckmann, N., Maswera, R., Nyamukapa, C. & Gregson, S., 7 Feb 2020, (Submitted) In : Medical Anthropology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

"If one is not careful there is room for error": Potential sources of misdiagnosis in rapid HIV testing according to health facility staff in Zimbabwe

Skovdal, M., Beckmann, N., Maswera, R., Nyamukapa, C. & Gregson, S., Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Pleasure and Danger: Muslim views on sex and gender in Zanzibar

Beckmann, N., 2015, E. Stiles and K. Daly-Thompson (eds), Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean: Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coast. . Ohio State University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 Membership of council
  • 1 Membership of network
  • 1 Invited talk

University of Sussex (External organisation)

Nadine Beckmann (Member)

2019 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

HIV RDT misclassification errors – clinic level factors

Nadine Beckmann (Speaker), & Morten Skovdal (Speaker)

30 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (External organisation)

Nadine Beckmann (Member)


Activity: MembershipMembership of council


Do ‘chickens dream only of grain’? Uncovering the social role of poultry in Ethiopia

Author: Ramasawmy, M., 23 May 2017

Supervisor: Marvin, G. (Supervisor) & Beckmann, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis