skip to primary navigationskip to content

Dr Branwyn Poleykett

Researcher, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)

Research Interests

Branwyn’s research focuses on the historical and anthropological study of science, public health, and medical research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her PhD thesis examined the postcolonial history of the sanitary regulation of commercial sex work in Dakar, Senegal. Before joining CRASSH Branwyn worked with the Anthropologies of African Biosciences research group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her postdoctoral research project was based on fieldwork conducted in Tanzania and Uganda and examined the connections between the postcolonial Africanisation of scientific research and contemporary arrangements of transnational scientific capacity building. Taking the practical field course as an archive of scientific practice and global health in Africa, the project explored how different capacities in science are gained, distributed, experienced, and lived through time.


SAN8: Anthropology and Development: Development, health and social policy

SAN11: Anthropology of Media and Visual Culture: Visual Media and Medicine