Prof. Dr. Brigit Obrist
Brigit Obrist is Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel, Switzerland (since 2007). She teaches a wide range of courses in anthropology, and is a leading expert in medical anthropology. Since 1998, she also holds a position as senior scientist at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (associated with the University of Basel) and leads an interdisciplinary Medical Anthropology Research Group (MARG) with post-doc and PhD projects in Germany, Switzerland, East and West Africa in the fields of malaria, urban health, sexual and reproductive health, ageing and health, as well as media and health. Since 1980 she has conducted basic research in Papua New Guinea, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Tanzania and directed various applied projects such as „Staying Healthy in Migration “ (Federal Office of Health) and „Social Vulnerability and Resilience“ (NCCR North-South - Research Partnerships for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change). As technical advisor, she has guided the social science component of various public health projects including KINET (Swiss Development Corporation) and ACCESS (Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development). She is a member of editorial boards of various international scientific journals like Medical Anthropology, Anthropology & Medicine and Anthropologie et Santé.
Focus in Teaching
Engaged anthropology, methodology, health and illness, transnationalism, gender and generation, Oceania, East Africa
Focus in Research
Regional focus: East Africa