Person Details

Prof. Dr. Brigit Obrist, Professor, PhD, MA, Project Leader, Group Leader
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Department -> Unit
Epidemiology and Public Health -> Society, Gender and Health -> Medical Anthropology


Main function


Main function
  • Building and providing social science expertise in research and teaching

Professional activities at Swiss TPH
  • Leading Medical Anthropology Research Group (MARG) and developing research and teaching partnerships in Africa
  • Initiating and supervising research on vulnerability and resilience
  • Developing a research agenda on ageing and health
  • Providing social science support in various projects
  • Supervising PhDs projects in the fields of HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, ageing and migration

Higher education and qualifications
  • 2007     Promotion to Professor of Anthropology; University of Basel
  • 2001     Habilitation, University of Basel
  • 1990     PhD in Anthropology, University of Basel

Past professional activities
  • Since 1998    Swiss TPH
  • Since 1996    Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel
  • Technical Assistance and consultancies in various project



  • European Association of Social Anthropologists, Medical Anthropology Network (Chair)
  • Partnership for Social Sciences in Malaria Control - PSSMC (Steering Committee)




Editorial Boards

  • Anthropology and Medicine