Lioba Hirsch

Lioba Hirsch


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I am a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and lecturer in Social Anyhropology at the University of Edinburgh with an interest in the colonial and antiblack entanglements of Western biomedicine and global health management. My research has focused on the historical development, contemporary management and colonial aftermath of British health interventions in West Africa. I also do critical work on humanitarianism, medicine and racism and institutional processes of decolonisation and DEI.  Between 2021 and now I have worked on my Wellcome Trust-funded research project called Care, Infrastructure and Antiblackness: the making of biomedicine in a Sierra Leonean Hospital, first at the University of Liverpool (2021 - 2023) and now at the University of Edinburgh.
From November 2019 to May 2021 I was a Research Fellow in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) working on a project exploring the School's colonial history.
I have a BA in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris and an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. Between 2014-15 I worked for GIZ, the German government's international development agency in Zambia (2014-15).
I hold a PhD in Geography and Global Health from University College London.



PhD University College London (UCL) 2015 - 2019
MScLondon School of Economics (LSE)2011 - 2013
BAInstitut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris2008 - 2011

My research in a nutshell

I am a critical scholar of antiblackness and global health with a background in development and anti-racism work. My research is interdisciplinary and sits at the intersection of geography, anthropology and history. It draws on Black Studies and de – and postcolonial theory to interrogate global health institutions and interventions with a special focus on West Africa and in particular, Sierra Leone.

Visiting and Research Positions

I am an Honourary Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


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