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Professor Helen Lambert

Professor Helen Lambert

Professor Helen Lambert
D.Phil., D.Phil.(Oxon.)

Professor of Medical Anthropology

Office Room 2.08
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7238


I am interested in the application of anthropological perspectives to a range of public health issues. These include:

Anthropological and interdisciplinary research on antimicrobial resistance

HIV prevention and sexual health in vulnerable communities in South Asia, with a particular focus on sex work

Popular understandings of health, illness and therapy

Non-biomedical therapeutic traditions in India within and outside the formal health sector

Social and cultural dimensions of health systems

Lay understandings of suicide and suicide prevention in social and kinship networks

The role of ethnographic and other forms of qualitative research evidence in the formulation and evaluation of public health interventions



D. Phil. Social Anthropology, University of Oxford (1999)

B.A.(Hons) Human Sciences, University of Oxford (1992)


Contributions to Society, Health and Medicine 1st year medical undergraduate course unit

Organiser, Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods short course

Organiser, Anthropology and Global Health course unit, iBSc Global Health



  • medical anthropology
  • South Asia
  • treatment-seeking
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • evidence
  • expertise
  • kinship
  • gender
  • health inequalities
  • social and cultural determinants of health
  • medical pluralism


  • HIV
  • suicide
  • infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance
  • familial hypercholesterolaemia


  • ethnography
  • qualitative research methods


I am a social anthropologist who has lived and done research in India as well as the U.K. I am interested in social and cultural aspects of health, health care and healing. I have done research into how ordinary people think about health, illness and medicine and on their choices of therapy (of all types, not just biomedical).

  • medical anthropology
  • India
  • traditional medicine
  • health-seeking behaviour
  • STD/HIV prevention
  • public understanding of medicine
  • risk perception
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