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  

    Annual meeting

    SAFEZT Annual Meeting in Zambia 2017

    SAFEZT held its second annual meeting in Zambia October 3rd to 6th.


    Requesting abstracts for the panel on Gendering reproduction and fertility control in Ethiopia ICES2018, Ethiopia

    The 20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES2018) – “Regional and Global Ethiopia – Interconnections and Identities” will take place in Mekelle town, Tigray, Ethiopia on 1-5 October 2018. One of the panels is convened by researchers in the SAFEZT project.

    International Safe Abortion Day 2017

    A Call to World Leaders – National and International – Who Support Access to Safe Abortion from the International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

    MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT FOR 28 SEPTEMBER! The women's movement internationally has celebrated 28 September as a day of action for the right to safe abortion since 1990. Join us this year.


    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)