Global health anthropology


Constitute an excellent qualitative research environment within global public health grounded in social anthropology and the medical humanities


  • Strengthen the quality and applicability of critical qualitative research for global health policy and practice with emphasis on reproductive health
  • Strengthen the use of social sciences theory and methods in the analysis of global health problems primarily in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Strengthen the visibility of and recruitment to qualitative global health research within and beyond the UiB research environment

    What are we doing?

    • We conduct social science research on the socio-cultural and political  context of health seeking and health care provision

    • We investigate normative messages of global,    national and local policies and their dynamics in health care programmes

    • We study inequalities in health related to gender   and power with relevance for women's sexual and reproductive rights

    • We conduct empirical research in collaboration with our partner institutions primarily in Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania  


    Women's right to abortion is a continuous struggle

    Kronikk av Thera Mjaaland, Karen Marie Moland og Agnete Strøm i BT 20. februar 2017


    Trumping women's reproductive rights

    'Global gag rule' reinstated by Trump threatens girls' and women's access to reproductive health services including safe abortion

    Contact: Leader of the research group Professor Karen Marie Moland

    Currently we are involved in the following externally funded projects:

    SAFEZT: An interdisciplinary research project on fertility control and safe abortion in Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania (Norwegian Research Council/NORGLOBAL, 2016-2019)

    RISE: Formative qualitative research linked to a cluster randomized controlled trial aimed to increase age at first delivery, Zambia (Norwegian Research Council/GLOBVAC, 2015-2020)