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Kaja Skoftedalen

PhD Candidate, Centre for International Health

The overarching focus of this PhD project within Critical Medical Anthropology is to explore social dimensions of maternal health in Southeastern Tanzania. I am interested in dynamics between different actors' perspectives on pregnancy and birth, health and illness, and what is seen as constituting good maternal health. I will explore how women navigate political and cultural expectations of where and how they should give birth, and their experiences with health facilities and health workers. I will also investigate how relatives and other community members become involved in reporting processes after maternal deaths and severe complications in connection to childbirth.

I will carry out long-term anthropological fieldwork over a period of 12 months. I will use an ethnographic approach based on participant observation, informal conversations and in-depth interviews.

My PhD is part of the interdisciplinary NFR project Reporting in context: An interdisciplinary initiative to strengthen maternal health services and surveillance in Ethiopia and Tanzania (MATRISET), headed by Astrid Blystad.


  • Spring 2021: SANT260 (Bachelor's essay)


  • Autumn 2020: guest lecturer in SANT150
  • Autumn 2018: mini lecture in SANT105

Teaching assistant

Skoftedalen, Kaja. 2017. Governing Rural Health: Making Manageable Citizens in Colca Valley, Peru. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen. 136 pages.

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