Medical anthropologist whose research focuses on global health interventions, health systems, and politics.
James’s research has examined the social and political effects of global health interventions in Zambia. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork, he has explored how people in rural Zambia – including health officials, traditional healers, and patients – understand and engage with different health interventions over time. James has published research on multiple health interventions, including large-scale global health partnerships, randomised control trials (RCTs), and the projects of Christian medical humanitarian organisations.
Before joining CMI, James was based at the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Oslo, where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow on the European Research Council funded project, “Universal Health Coverage and the Public Good in Africa”.
James is currently developing several collaborative research projects that will examine how past health interventions have created distinctive challenges for present-day community health workers (CHWs) and that will explore the emergence of new forms of knowledge about diseases associated with climate change and environmental harm.