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Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology: People

Jean-Benoit Falisse

Jean-Benoit Falisse
Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse
Lecturer in Africa and International Development
4.01 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 651 1632
Research Interests
African Great Lakes region, Health policy, Access to justice, Access to education, Migration and development, Fragile states, Media and conflict

My main research interests are in the provision of basic social services (health-care, education, justice) in so-called ‘fragile’ contexts and refugee livelihoods. In the last few years, my work has been on the community governance of primary health care centres in Burundi and South Kivu in the DR Congo. I am now augmenting this research agenda with projects on the livelihood of the Burundian refugees in Tanzania, access to justice in Burundi, the ‘indigent’ label in the Congolese health system, and social accountability in education in Eastern DR Congo.

I use a mixed-methods approach that includes interviews, survey data, and experimental evidence. I wrote my doctoral dissertation at the Oxford Department of International Development. My background is in development economics (MA, Sciences Po),  history (MA, Louvain), politics (undergraduate, St Louis - Brussels), and philosophy (undergraduate, Louvain).

Prior to my PhD, I was working for the United Nations and international NGOs in the African Great Lakes region. I have continued advising international and local organisations since.

PhD supervision

Topics of interest: access to basic social services in fragile settings, field experiments and policy evaluation, mixed-methods research, refugee livelihoods and economies.

Current PhD students

  • Clayton Boeyink: The Citizenship Allowance? Refugee cash transfers in the trifurcated state.
  • Boel Marcks von Würtemberg: Gender and self-reliance within humanitarian support for Turkey's urban displaced

If you are interested in being supervised by Jean-Benoit Falisse, please see the links below for more information:

PhD In African Studies; PhD in International Public Health Policy; PhD in International Development