UCL Anthropocene


Dr Noémi Tousignant

Academic position: Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies

Email: n.tousignant@ucl.ac.uk


My work focuses on historical and contemporary intersections of biomedicine with global inequalities in health in West Africa, especially in Senegal. My past projects have explored how toxicity circulates around scientific (in)capacity, the moral and political values of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy work, and the cumulative traces of past medical research. I currently hold a Wellcome Trust University Award, which funds research on the history of liver cancer in West Africa as an example of how advances in biomedical knowledge and technology generate unequal geographies of protection, persisting exposures and uncertainties, and dilemmas of care. I am also an advisor of the University of Oslo convergence environment AnthroTox.

Relevant Projects:

Relevant publications:

  • Edges of Exposure: Toxicology and the Problem of Scientific Capacity in Senegal (Duke University Press, 2018).

  • Toxic residues of Senegal’s peanut economy, forthcoming in Anthropology Today