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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

I am currently supervising 7 PhD students and I am, therefore, only able to consider a very limited number of supervision requests (which need to closely match my current research interests).

Topics of interest: local community participation and governance in primary health care, refugee livelihoods and economies, governance/accountability-related field experiments and policy evaluations.

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 Social Policy; PhD in International Development