UCL Anthropology


Dalia Iskander

Head of Medical Anthropology, Lecturer (Teaching) in Medical Anthropology

Room 126

PhD Medical Anthropology, University of Durham (2015)
MSc Medical Anthropology, University of Oxford (2007)
BA Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Oxford (2006)

Term 2 Office Hours

Mondays 1-3. Book online appointment (MS Teams) here.


My research focusses on malaria and vector-borne diseases. My doctoral research explored malaria practices amongst indigenous upland Pälawan communities in the Philippines. I am particularly interested in the use of participatory visual methodologies (photography, film and mapping) and understanding how these can be used to explore health as well as potentially facilitate communities (particularly young people and women) to make changes in their lives. I have done subsequent work assessing behavioural risk factors for zoonotic malaria infections in Malaysian Borneo and the impact of a business-led sugar levy on consumption behaviours in UK restaurants. I am currently co-investigator on a UKRI-GCRF grant (Led by Katherine Brickell, Royal Holloway), “Depleted by debt? focusing a gendered lens on climate resilience, credit, and nutrition in translocal Cambodia and south India.”

Research interests

  • Malaria and vector borne diseases 
  • Environmental change, land-use changes and political ecology 
  • Participatory photography (photovoice), film and mapping 
  • Child/adolescent identity and health 
  • Health practices and behaviour change 
  • Technology and health


  • Multi-sensory experience (Convenor and Lecturer) 
  • Anthropology for Medical Students (Co-convenor and Lecturer) 
  • Anthropological methods for postgraduate students (Co-convenor and Lecturer) 
  • Medical Anthropology (Lecturer - undergraduate and MSc) 
  • Comprehending Covid-19: A social and historical perspective (Lecturer) 
  • Biosocial Anthropology (Lecturer) 
  • Culture, Ethics and Religion in the Clinical Encounter (Convenor and Lecturer) 
  • Being Human (Lecturer) 
  • Writing Tutor

Selected Publications