UCL Anthropology


Edward (Jed) Stevenson


Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8637

Email: e.stevenson@ucl.ac.uk

Room: 222

Blog: http://humanview.org/

Teaching Fellow
Post Doctoral Fellow (2012-2014)

PhD in Anthropology (2011), Emory University, USA
MPH in Global Health (2011), Emory University, USA
BA in Archaeology, Classics, and Classical Art (2000), UCL, UK


I studied Archaeology, Classics, and Classical Art at University College London as an undergraduate. After working on archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, I turned my attention to issues of health and disease in Africa, gaining an MPH in Global Health and PhD in Anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta. I have held postdoctoral research positions in Global Health at Emory and Evolutionary Anthropology at UCL, and began my teaching career in Medical Anthropology at Durham.

My research centres on health and human development in sub-Saharan Africa. I am particularly interested in the health implications of mass schooling, forced migration, and food and water insecurity. Since 2007 I have conducted a longitudinal study of child development in Ethiopia, and in 2013, I carried out research in Congo as part of the UCL Hunter Gatherer Resilience project. I am currently researching the impacts of hydroelectric dam and plantation development on the peopleof the Omo-Turkana basin in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Research interests:

  • Child Development
  • Global Health
  • Livelihoods and ecological change
  • Food and water inequalities
  • Schooling and Literacy


Books: sections

  • Hadley, C. and E.G.J. Stevenson. (in press) Malnutrition. In H. Callan, ed. International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hadley, C., Stevenson, E.G.J., Tadesse, Y., and Belachew, T. (2016) What happens when food prices skyrocket? An Ethiopian example. In P. Brown & S. Closser, eds. Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology (Third edition). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press. 383-393.
  • Stevenson, E.G.J & Worthman, C.M. (2013). Anthropological perspectives on child well-being In A.Ben-Arieh, F.Casas, I. Frones, and J. Korbin, eds. Handbook of child well-being. Heidelberg: Springer. 485-512.
  • Stevenson, E.G.J. (2013). Maternal education. In J. Ainsworth, ed. Sociology of Education: An A - Z guide. Thousand Oaks: Sage. 456-458.
  • Stevenson, E.G.J & Mekonnen, J. (2012). Two rivers: water and power in Ethiopia. In E. Mendenhall and A. Koon edsEnvironmental health narratives: A reader for youth. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 229-237.

Journal papers: academic