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Gemma Jones Aellah


Name:Mrs Gemma Jones Aellah
Job Title:Doctoral student
Department:Anthropology, History and Sociology group, Department of Global Health
Institution:London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Research Area:medical anthropology, Kenya - Nyanza province, HIV/AIDS, youth, science and development


  • Anthropology


  • Language: Dholuo
  • Ability: Conversational

Country of Research:

Country:Kenya, 2009 - 2013
Title:Medical Research in Everyday Life: ethnography of a "researched village" in rural Western Kenya
Description:The community in Asembo, Western Kenya has intensively participated in various medical research studies during the last 30 years. It is the main “field” for the Kenyan Medical Research Institute and US Centres for Disease Control collaboration and since 1997 has also been part of a Health and Demographic Surveillance System, a continuous monitoring of demographic trends, covering every household in 33 villages. The aim of this doctoral research is to ethnographically explore life in one of these research villages, focusing on the ways in which research figures (or not) in day-to-day life. I am interested in the ways in which the field station is involved in the moral and political economies and imaginations of the area, as well as livelihoods. I am also interested in how the presence, and past memories, of the field station interplay with the ambitions and imaginations of young people, especially with regards to science, technology and development.
Types:participant observer