Nadine Beckmann

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Personal profile


A social and medical anthropologist by training, I completed my DPhil in social anthropology at 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. Prior to joining Roehampton University, I 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.

My 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. I have 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 Eastern and Southern Africa. Over the past years, I have collaborated with the Manicaland Centre for Public Health Research in Zimbabwe and Imperial College London, leading core anthropological components of large-scale HIV surveillance and trial research, including a recent study on sources of misdiagnosis in rapid HIV testing. 



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


Professional affiliations

Royal Anthropological Institute - Council Member (2015-2018), Finance Committee Member, andSecretary of the Medical Anthropology Committee

Trustee, Museum of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar      

Committee Member of the Religion, Aids and Social Transformation in Africa’ (RASTA) Network

Deputy Director of the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group (FRSG), University of Oxford

Member of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH), University of Sussex, Royal African Society (RAS), European Association for Social Anthropology (EASA), Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH), International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities – HIV and Maternal Health Group, Tanzania Britain Society, German Medical Anthropology Working Group 


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