Anita Hardon

Professor in Anthropology of Health and Social Care at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Sociology / Anthropology Department) and Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), both of the University of Amsterdam.


Together with Prof. Jelle Visser and Prof. Robert Pool she directs the research priority area the Centre for Global Health and Inequality. Professor Hardon has been involved in comparative studies of health care arrangements, focusing on the global diffusion of contraceptive technologies and modern pharmaceuticals in primary health and family planning programs, on programs to limit the transmission of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and on global efforts to immunize the world’s children. The studies involve anthropological fieldwork in different socio-cultural settings, at global, national and local levels of health care usually by a team of researchers. This has led to the development of widely used research frameworks/methodologies (Applied Health Research Manual, 2001) and high impact publications in journals asThe Lancet, Social Science and Medicine en Medical Anthropology. Hardon is the author of several influential books such as Social Lives of Medicines(Cambridge University Press 2002) and Medicines out of Control? (Aksant 2004).


  • Prevalence and risk factors for carriage of antimicrobial-resistant Escherichia coli on household and small-scale chicken farms in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

    Authored by: Nguyen VT, Carrique-Mas JJ., Ngo Thi Hoa, Ho HM, Campbell James I., Nguyen TN, Hoang NN, Pham Van Minh, Wagenaar Jaap A., Hardon Anita, Thai QH, Schultsz Constance
    In: Journal Antimicrob. Chemother, 2015