Janet has over 30 years of experience working in development in Africa and Asia including long-term postings as technical cooperation officer/social development adviser for DFID in Uganda, Nepal and India. She has undertaken research and done short-term consultancies in a number of different countries. 

Academic Background

Janet holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (1985).  In 1987, after postdoctoral research in Zambia on poverty and HIV and AIDS, she joined DFID (then ODA) and spent 13 years in long-term postings as a technical cooperation officer/researcher/social development adviser for DFID in Uganda, Nepal and India.  She joined the School of International Development in 2000, and has subsequently been engaged in teaching, research and consultancies.

She has undertaken long-term research in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Bangladesh and Nepal and short-term consultancies and research in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and India.  She has expertise and experience in project management and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, social development, gender analysis and livelihoods approaches.  Her main continuing research experience and interests are in the social aspects of health, with a particular focus on HIV and AIDS (she has a number of on-going research projects in this area), migration, the understanding of chronic poverty and social protection.   Janet is currently head of the social science programme for the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Unit on AIDS.
Janet’s teaching in recent years has focused on Master’s level courses in health and development, social policy and qualitative research methods.    
Janet is an associate editor for the Journal of South Asian Development and is on the editorial boards of other journals.

Janet Seeley moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in April 2014 to take up the post of Professor of Anthropology and Health. She retains an honorary position at the School of International Development where she continues to supervise four PhD students.


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