The Medical Anthropology Research Group focuses on questions of health, vulnerability and livelihoods; gender and generation; and mobility and migration. It is developing innovative concepts, frameworks and approaches that can inform policies and practices that aim to reduce vulnerabilities and build resilience to risks heightened by health transitions.
The group emphasises a broad focus on populations, with theoretical development regarding the influences that create and sustain vulnerability, build resilience and maintain livelihoods. Priorities include reproductive vulnerability and resilience, especially among women, youth and the elderly; migrants; and mobile populations. Reproductive vulnerability and resilience refers to the continuum of care at key points of the life cycle from adolescence to pregnancy, birth, infancy, childhood, motherhood and old age.