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Social Anthropology:


Pia Noel

Pia Noel
Pia Noel
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Medical Anthropology, Global Mental Health, Nepal and the Himalaya, Medical pluralism, Development and Humanitarian Aid, Transcultural psychiatry, Anthropology of psychiatry, International development, Public health, Disability Studies

PhD Title  

The Interplay Between 'Need' and' Response': An ethnographic multi-stakeholder response analysis to mental distress in post-disaster urban Nepal.


Professor Ian Harper

Dr. Sumeet Jain 


Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics Doctoral Studentship


2016 – present PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

2015 – 2016     MSc in Global Mental Health, University of Glasgow                      

2009 – 2013     MA Psychology & Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews


Cork, C., White, R. G., Noel, P., & Bergin, N. (2018). Randomized Controlled Trials of Interventions Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse.

Noel, P., Cork, C., & White, R. G. (2018). Social capital and mental health in post-disaster/conflict contexts: a systematic review. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness, 1-12.

Noel, P. (2018) [Review of the book The Patient Multiple: An Ethnography of Healthcare and Decision-making in Bhutan. Jonathan Taee, New York: Berghahn Press, 2017, 220 pp.] Medical Anthropology Quarterly DOI: 10.1111/maq.12425

Babalola, E., Noel, P., & White, R. (2017). The biopsychosocial approach and global mental health: Synergies and opportunities. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry33(4), 291.

Conference Presentations

Noel, P. (2015). Learning from a local response to mental distress in urban Nepal to inform policy and improve practice. Presented at the European Association of Social Anthropologists Conference “Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy and practice”. 

Edinburgh Center for Medical Anthropology 

Part of EdCMA (Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology)