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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Doreen Montag, MA DPhil


Non-Clinical Lecturer in Global Public Health

Centre: Centre for Public Health & Policy



I am a lecturer in Non-Clinical Global Public Health with almost 20 years of experience among indigenous and non-indigenous people in rural and urban areas of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon. I received my DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford. My doctoral research, which was funded by the Radcliff-Brown Trust of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the Bamborough Fund, the Linacre Trust Fund and the Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund from the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, is an ethnography of fever in the Peruvian Amazon. It focuses on how historical factors, embodied biopolitics, current environmental degradation and increase in emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases impacts upon urban Shipibo-Konibo people’s experiences of fever.




Research Interests:

My first book, Gesundheit und Krankheit im Urubamba-Tal/Peru, draws upon in-depth ethnographic research between 1996 and 2000 on political economic approaches to health care seeking in the district of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. My comparative analysis of different stakeholders’ experiences with Urubambinian medicine and biomedicine emphasises the complexity around medicine as a secondary resource in a civil war affected setting.

I joined the Global Health Teaching team in November 2015.

My research interests include anthropology, global health, environmental governance, climate change, sustainable development, and public policy analysis, with a regional focus on the Amazon and Andes (Peru, Ecuador) and Mexico.


Please click through to see a complete list of Doreen's publications.


2002     Montag, Doreen. „Gesundheit und Krankheit im Urubamba-Tal / Peru. Die emische Kategorisierung von Krankheit als Determinante der Heilerwahl zwischen traditioneller und Biomedizin“. (Health and Illness in the Urubamba Valley/Peru) Lit-Verlag, Münster. 122 pages.

Edited Books

2005     Hsu, Elisabeth and Doreen Montag.  “Medical Anthropology in Europe: Teaching and Doctoral Research.” Sean Kingston Publishing, Oxford. 111 pages

Other Publications

2018     Hamzah Hasyim, Afi Nursafingi, Ubydul Haque, Doreen Montag, David A. Groneberg, Meghnath Dhimal, Ulrich Kuch and Ruth Müller. 2018. Spatial modelling of malaria cases associated with environmental factors in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Malaria Journal 2018 17:8

2017     Montag, Doreen, Kuch Ulrich, Rodriguez Lily, A and Ruth Mueller. Overview of the Panel on Biodiversity and Health under Climate Change. In Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2017) Biodiversity and Climate Change: Contributions from Science to Policy for Sustainable Development. Technical Series No.89:91-108. (Eds L. Rodríguez & I. Anderson) Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal.

2017     Dhimal M, Dhimal ML, Karki KB, Montag D, Groneberg DA, Kuch U. Tracking Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nepal. J Health Soc Sci. 2017;2(2)

2014     Montag, Doreen. Book review. „The Professional Guinea Pig. Big Pharma and the Risky World of Human Subjects.” By Abadie. Roberto. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010. In: Medical Anthropology Quarterly. September Issue.

2013     Montag, Doreen. Book review. Creating our own: folklore, performance, and identity n Cuzco, Peru. By Mendoza, Zoila S. London, Durham, N.C.:  Duke Univ. Press, 2008. In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (N.S.) 19, 656-692

2013     Montag, Doreen. Book review. „Health care in Maya Guatemala: confronting medical pluralism in a developing country” by Adams, Walter, Randolph & John P. Hawkins (eds)Norman: Univ. Oklahoma Press, 2007.  In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 19, 656-692.

2004     Montag, Doreen. Book review „Ritual und Heilung. Eine Einführung in die Medizinethnologie“ by Katarina Greifeld (Hg.). In: Entwicklungs-Politik 12/22: 65.

2004     Montag, Doreen. „Heilen in Urubamba/Peru. Konfliktmanagement in einer Stadt“ In:, ISSN 1513-5954.

2003     Montag, Doreen. Book review „Ritual und Heilung. Eine Einführung in die Medizinethnologie“ by Katarina Greifeld (Hg.). In: Ärzte-Info, Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst.

2002     Montag, Doreen and Catherine Panter-Brick and Andrew Russel. “Anthropology and the Health of Populations – global trends and local contexts.” In: The British Journal of General Practice 52(481): 691.

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