Luisa Enria is Assistant Professor in Political Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research applies an ethnographic approach to studying conflict, health emergencies and state-society relations, with a focus on West Africa. She obtained a PhD in International Development from the University of Oxford in 2015, with a dissertation that explored the relationship between unemployment and violence in post-war Sierra Leone. Following this she was deployed as an anthropologist to support the response to the West African Ebola outbreak, carrying out 14 months of fieldwork to research community experiences of the epidemic and its response in Northern Sierra Leone. In 2016 she received an ESRC Future Leaders of Research fellowship for a project to research the effects of crisis management on experiences of citizenship in the aftermath of Ebola. She currently leads on a number of research projects on emergency preparedness with a focus on political economy analysis, community power mapping and qualitative methods. This includes an on-going social science training for community health workers in Sierra Leone to support community engagement on vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Medicine Anthropology Theory, Social Science and Medicine, Development & Change and Journal of Humanitarian Affairs and she is the author of The Politics of Work in a Post-Conflict State: Youth, Labour and Violence in Sierra Leone (James Currey, 2018).
Stay at MPI-MMG:
August 2020 - May 2021