UCL Anthropocene


Wellcome Trust Discretionary Awards for Dr Sahra Gibbon and Dr Jennie Gamlin

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We are delighted to congratulate Dr Sahra Gibbon and Dr Jennie Gamlin on their recent Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award for their project on Embodied Inequalities of the Anthropocene. In collaboration with colleagues at CIESAS (Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology) in Mexico and UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) in Brazil, Dr Gibbon and Dr Gamlin will develop expertise and teaching resources over the course of two years.

Dr Gibbon is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology whose work examines the interface between science, society and biomedicine. She has ongoing research interests in questions of embodiment, gender and health inequalities, including how this is currently being shaped by developments surrounding the Anthropocene.

Dr Gamlin is Associate Professor at Institute for Global Health and deputy director of the Centre for Gender and Global Health, whose work engages with Anthropocene questions of indigenous knowledge and knowledge categories as these relate to social, community and human wellbeing.

Please find more information about their collaborative project below:

Embodied Inequalities of the Anthropocene. Building Capacity in Medical Anthropology

This collaboration between Brazil, Mexico and the UK brings together environmental, indigenous, biosocial, multispecies, gender and theoretical expertise in Medical Anthropology, to extend interdisciplinary engagement concerning how the Anthropocene epoch impacts on human health. Supported by a post-doctoral researcher in each of the collaborating centres, we will develop Medical Anthropology in four areas: 

  1. indigenous experience and coloniality of the Anthropocene, 
  2. gender, reproduction and environmental justice, 
  3. multispecies ethnography and human-animal health, 
  4. COVID-19 and public understanding of the Anthropocene. From this research and in conjunction with open access publisher UCL Press, we will develop a tri-lingual digital resource for teaching and public reference. 

Our collaboration will begin online with bi-monthly meetings followed in February 2022 by a three day virtual cross-disciplinary seminar with invited expertise in science, geography, politics and history. We will work collaboratively to examine how these disciplines can inform Medical Anthropology of the Anthropocene and to identify articulations with policy and practice as these impact on human and environmental wellbeing. In November 2022 we will hold a face-to-face workshop in Mexico to develop dissemination and publications including the digital teaching resource and a multilingual special edition of a Latin American Medical Anthropology journal. 


Picture by project collaborator Jean Segata