Megan Schmidt-Sane

Megan Schmidt-Sane

Research Fellow

Megan Schmidt-Sane is a medical anthropologist with interdisciplinary training and experience in public health, working with the Health and Nutrition cluster.

Her work focuses on political economy of health, urban health, and overlapping themes of gender, generation, and inequalities. She uses participatory, community-led, and policy-engaged approaches in her research.

Her doctoral research focused on the political economy of HIV among younger men in an informal settlement in Kampala, Uganda and involved long-term ethnographic fieldwork. She examined everyday uncertainties related to informality, describing the structural pressures on young men in terms of surveillance, informal work, and urban precarity. In light of everyday uncertainties, men engage in different, socially contingent, strategies to manage that uncertainty and remake their futures. This research has helped to elucidate the structures and constraints to HIV prevention, treatment, and overall management and informed Uganda’s HIV/AIDS priorities on improving men’s HIV outcomes.

She currently works in a community, policy, and research partnership in Ealing, west London to explore community assets, build partnerships, and improve health equity and linkages to the Integrated Care System. Her work in Ealing has been funded by the British Academy and the AHRC.

She also works on social science approaches to epidemic preparedness and response, for example with colleagues at Makerere University or with the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP). In 2019 and 2021, she conducted research in Uganda’s western borderlands, on the political economy, trust, and gendered aspects of Ebola and COVID-19 preparedness and response.

She has a PhD in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from Case Western Reserve University and a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. Her MPH research was conducted in Sangli, India. She has previously worked for the Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC) based in Kampala, Uganda, which conducts public health outreach and advocacy at the intersection of health and rights.



Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform

SSHAP (the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform) focuses on the social dimensions of emergency responses related to health, conflict, or the environment by exploring the political economy, community engagement and cultural logics, social difference, and vulnerabilities of those...



Unlocking youth voices on health and wellbeing: experiences from London

Young people’s voices are often left out from policy conversations about health and wellbeing. We might wrongly assume that young people are healthier, with lower burdens of chronic disease compared to average adults in London. However, young people are increasingly facing challenges to...

Yasmin Dosanjh & 5 others

5 December 2023


Are we in the age of the polycrisis?

Last week, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund Islands of Innovation in Protracted Crises project, a workshop organised by Professor Jeremy Allouche, Dr. Shilpi Srivastava and Dr. Megan Schmidt-Sane brought together philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, political...

31 October 2023



Photo Story: Views of Mpox in Nigeria

Mpox (previously known as monkeypox) was first ‘discovered’ in 1958, though it’s only in the past year that it’s gained significant international public attention. The disease can have very visible symptoms, with painful lesions that spread all over the body in more severe cases. In...

13 June 2023


Pandemic Preparedness for the Real World

Why We Must Invest in Equitable, Ethical and Effective Approaches to Help Prepare for the Next Pandemic The cost of the Covid-19 pandemic remains unknown. Lives directly lost to the disease continue to mount, while related health, livelihood and wellbeing impacts are still being felt, and the...

10 March 2023


Key Considerations: Operational Considerations for Building Community Resilience for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

As the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is a need to robustly support vulnerable communities and bolster ‘community resilience.’ A community resilience approach means to work in partnership with communities and strengthen their capacities to mitigate the impact of...

Eva Niederberger

16 November 2022

Megan Schmidt-Sane’s recent work