With a background in qualitative social science, particular medical anthropology, Christopher Pell is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at AIGHD and at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The main aim of his role is to foster further collaboration between global public health specialists and medical anthropologists within AIGHD and UvA’s Global Health Research Priority Area.
To date, his research has focused largely on applying an anthropological approach to understand how the social and cultural context affects people’s attitudes and behaviours toward health interventions, particularly around malaria (previously in sub-Saharan Africa and more recently in South East Asia). Currently, he is also involved in the social science components of the Shinyanga (AIGHD) and MaxArt (UvA) projects, which examine the impact of universal test and treat for HIV in Tanzania and Swaziland respectively. He also maintains a long-term interest in migration and health and have previously worked with migrants in Spain and the UK.
In 2014, he completed his PhD, which drew on two multi-site programmes of anthropological research: the social and cultural context of malaria during pregnancy and the acceptability of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in infants (IPTi). For both these projects, and in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centers for Disease Control, he conducted fieldwork in western Kenya. He also has an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and a MSc in the Anthropology and Ecology of Development from University College London. According to Google scholar, his H-Index is 10 and his work has been cited over 500 times. His 2013 article on antenatal care in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi has been viewed more than 70,000 times and has over 100 citations.