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Meet Dr Megan Clinch

Social anthropologist Megan is currently researching the way public health and primary care interventions evolve.

Tell us about your background

I have a background in social anthropology and completed my PhD at the BIOS Centre LSE.

I have conducted research at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, the Faculty of Social Science at the Open University, and undertaken a visiting postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

I am currently a lecturer in the Global Public Health Unit and coordinator of the BSc Global Health.

Teaching

In addition to coordinating the BSc Global health, I teach the first year undergraduate module ‘Society, Medicine and Health’ and the iBSc/MSc module ‘Evidence, Policy and Global Health’.

What are your research interests?

I am currently engaged in a number of research projects that explore how different forms of investigation, experimentality, evidence, and evaluation are understood and negotiated in the development of complex public health and primary care interventions. This includes conducting and reflecting on qualitative evaluations for primary care and public health providers and engagement with local academic and health system initiatives that seek to include the residents of east London in the development and delivery of healthcare and disease prevention programmes.

Drawing on my interest in the politics and practice of evidence I am also currently part of project called ‘Test Sites' that is led by the London based curatorial organisation Arts Catalyst. Test Sites consists of a series of co-inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – and their impact on local culture and the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and ourselves. I am working with Arts Catalyst as part of a co-inquiry based in the Calder Valley in Yorkshire that focuses on water governance in relation to health, wellbeing and the resilience of communities and ecologies.