- Professor in Anthropology of Health and Social Care, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Anita Hardon is Professor of Anthropology of Care and Health and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science at the University of Amsterdam and Co-director of the universities’ Research Priority Area Global Health and Institute for Advanced Study. Between 2001 and 2014, Prof. Hardon was the Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, which, in 2011 and 2013, Times Higher Education recognized as the leading centre for the social sciences in continental Europe.
Trained as a medical anthropologist and biologist, Prof. Hardon leads ambitious multi-level, multi-sited and often interdisciplinary studies. Her work has focused on priority global health issues, including immunization, new reproductive technologies, and AIDS medicines, and has generated important ethnographic insights into the appropriation of these technologies in diverse social-cultural settings, their efficacy in everyday life, the role of social movements in their design, and the dynamics of care and policy-making in their provision.
The latest multi-sited ethnography, ‘Chemical Youth’, was supported by an ERC Advanced Grant. It aimed to understand what chemical and pharmaceutical substances – not only illicit narcotics – ‘do’ for youths, using concepts and theories from medical anthropology, science and technology studies and youth studies. The research programme yielded theoretical advancements (see Hardon and Sanabria 2017) and enabled methodological experimentation: using new ways of doing ethnography, collaboratively with young people and by augmenting the tool kit of anthropologists with methods from digital humanities and design.
Prof. Hardon has taken up a range of technical advisory roles with the World Health Organization and and other non-governmental organizations. With a long-standing interesting in sexual and reproductive health, Prof. Hardon is a member of the World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health Steering and Advisory Group (STAG), and a member of the board at Rutgers International.