Peter Giovannini

Peter Giovannini is currently Honorary Research Associate at the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent, UK.

Peter has an interdisciplinary background in both natural and social sciences. Since 2004, he has carried out research in ethnomedicine, medical ethnobotany and nutritional anthropology in Latin America (Mexico, Ecuador and Bolivia). His PhD research (School of Pharmacy, London)  investigated the complementary use of biomedicine and traditional medicine and included 2 years fieldwork in the Mazatec Sierra, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Regarding medical diversity he is interested in how and why people use different types of medicines, especially in the context of medical pluralism, local knowledge and health, health and development, inequality and health, self-medication, migrants' health seeking behavior, the impact of globalisation and transnational networks on local pharmacopoeias. Recently, he wrote a health manual on the basis of his field research in Ecuador that supports the use of traditional medicine in 72 Achuar communities in the Amazon.

His methodological approach is interdisciplinary and combines the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. He has published his research on high-impact factor Journals.


Publications include:
(downloadable from his webpage):

  • Giovannini, P., Reyes-García, V., Waldstein, A., Heinrich, M. (2011). Do pharmaceuticals displace local knowledge and use of medicinal plants? Estimates from a cross-sectional study in a rural indigenous community, Mexico. Social Science & Medicine, 72(6), 928-936.
  • Giovannini, P., & Heinrich, M. (2009). Xki yoma' (our medicine) and xki tienda (patent medicine) - interface between traditional and modern medicine among the Mazatecs of Oaxaca, Mexico. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 121(3), 383-99.
  • Godoy, R., Reyes-García, V., Broesch, J., Fitzpatrick, I., Giovannini, P., Martínez-Rodríguez, M. R., Hunca, T., Leonard, W. R., McDade, T. W., Tanner, S. and TAPS Bolivia study team. (2009). Long-term (secular) change of ethnobotanical knowledge of useful plants separating cohort and age effects. Journal of Anthropological Research, 65, 51-67.
  • Godoy, R., Tanner, S., Reyes-García, V., Leonard, W. R., McDade, T. W., Vento, M., Broesch, J., Fitzpatrick, I., Giovannini P., Hunca, T., Jha N. and TAPS Bolivia study team. (2008). The effect of rainfall during gestation and early childhood on adult height in a foraging and horticultural society of the Bolivian Amazon. American Journal of Human Biology, 20, 23-34.