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Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

Originally trained as a medical doctor in South Africa, Hayley MacGregor pursued further studies in Social Anthropology, completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2003. This doctoral research pursued an interest in medical anthropology, in particular mental illness and mental health service provisioning in post conflict and low income settings.

A subsequent period at the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa broadened her work to address changes in social security provisioning in the event of illness, and the politics of ‘disability’. Current research interests include emerging infectious disease; the anthropology of antimicrobial resistance; informality in health provision; and concepts of care and chronicity in responses to lifelong illness, principally HIV. Hayley’s primary ethnographic work has been in South Africa, but she is involved in work elsewhere in Africa, and in SE Asia. She has been a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies since 2007 and co-leads the Health and Nutrition research cluster. Hayley retains clinical registration with the General Medical Council of the UK, with an honorary contract in clinical psychiatry.

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Research

Project

Living Off-Grid Food and Infrastructure Collaboration

This research is designed to help improve the lives of the poorest residents of cities in Africa and Asia by focusing on how they are meeting their basic needs and accessing infrastructure, particularly when they are living 'off-grid'. The research is led by a consortium including experts in...

Project

Epidemic Response Anthropology Platform

The Epidemic Response Anthropology Platform (ERAP) is a resource to support a humane and effective response to epidemics. The aim of the platform is to promote evidence on the social dimensions of epidemics in different contexts and to improve the way this evidence is used in response planning.

Opinions

Publications

Journal Article

COVID-19, Public Authority and Enforcement

Medical Anthropology 39

The securitization of health is not a new phenomenon. However, global responses to the 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa reveal the extent to which epidemic preparedness and response is now shaped by geopolitical concerns. UN Security Council Resolution 2177 epitomizes this. The...

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Melissa Parker & 2 others

24 March 2021

Hayley MacGregor’s recent work

News

New project mobilizes social sciences against infectious threats

Sonar-Global, a new EU project involving IDS, will build an international Social Sciences network for the prevention and response to infectious threats and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The project will provide a platform for collaboration among social sciences experts, institutions and...

26 February 2019

Cluster

Power and Popular Politics

We bring our distinctive power-aware lens to research that identifies and supports the knowledge, action and leadership needed for better lives. We pioneer new methods and new ways of generating knowledge for change with communities, activists, academics and professional co-researchers from...