Dr. Melissa Parker (Brunel University) has undertaken numerous multi-disciplinary and collaborative research projects in African and European settings, working as a medical anthropologist. A unifying theme is the study of global health. Much of this research builds upon my multi-disciplinary training in Human Sciences (including a DPhil which combined methods and approaches current in social and biological anthropology).
Research questions have typically emerged from extensive periods of ethnographic fieldwork, and engage with public policy and practice. Topics investigated include HIV/AIDS in the UK, mental health in war zones, health-related quality of life in Kenya, vitamin A and child mortality in Ghana, female circumcision in Sudan, and neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. My current research projects are investigating neglected tropical diseases in East Africa, and HIV/AIDS in London.
Links to additional material
Will increased funding for neglected tropical diseases really make poverty history? Article by Dr. Melissa Parker and Pr. Tim Allen in The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9821, Pages 1097 - 1098, 24 March 2012.