Christopher Pell

Crhris Pell


Christopher Pell

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Christopher Pell has a background in qualitative social science, particular medical anthropology, and is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at AIGHD and at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The main aim of his role is to foster further collaboration between global public health specialists and medical anthropologists within AIGHD and UvA’s Global Health Research Priority Area.

His research interests to date focus largely on applying an anthropological approach to understand how the social and cultural context affects people’s attitudes and behaviours toward health interventions, particularly around malaria (previously in sub-Saharan Africa and more recently in South East Asia).

Pell is also currently involved in the social science components of the Shinyanga (AIGHD) and MaxArt (UvA) projects, which examine the impact of universal test and treat for HIV in Tanzania and Swaziland respectively. He also maintains a long-term interest in migration and health and has previously worked with migrants in Spain and the UK.

In 2014, he completed his PhD, which drew on two multi-site programmes of anthropological research: the social and cultural context of malaria during pregnancy and the acceptability of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in infants (IPTi). For both of these projects, and in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centers for Disease Control, he conducted fieldwork in western Kenya.

Pell also holds an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and a MSc in the Anthropology and Ecology of Development from University College London. His H-Index on Google Scholar is 10 and his work has been cited more than 500 times. His 2013 article on antenatal care in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi has been viewed more than 70,000 times and has over 100 citations.

View’s Chris’ publications. 


Factors affecting antenatal care attendance: results from qualitative studies in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.
Pell C, Meñaca A, Were F, Afrah NA, Chatio S, Manda-Taylor L, Hamel MJ, Hodgson A, Tagbor H, Kalilani L, Ouma P, Pool R.
PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e53747. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053747. Epub 2013 Jan 15.
PMID: 23335973

Local illness concepts and their relevance for the prevention and control of malaria during pregnancy in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi: findings from a comparative qualitative study.
Menaca A, Pell C, Manda-Taylor L, Chatio S, Afrah NA, Were F, Hodgson A, Ouma P, Kalilani L, Tagbor H, Pool R.
Malar J. 2013 Jul 22;12:257. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-12-257.
PMID: 23876079

Mass anti-malarial administration in western Cambodia: a qualitative study of factors affecting coverage.
Pell C, Tripura R, Nguon C, Cheah P, Davoeung C, Heng C, Dara L, Sareth M, Dondorp A, von Seidlein L, Peto TJ.
Malar J. 2017 May 19;16(1):206. doi: 10.1186/s12936-017-1854-4.
PMID: 28526019

Tuberculosis in migrant populations. A systematic review of the qualitative literature.
Abarca Tomás B, Pell C, Bueno Cavanillas A, Guillén Solvas J, Pool R, Roura M.
PLoS One. 2013 Dec 5;8(12):e82440. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082440. eCollection 2013. Review.
PMID: 24349284

Socio-cultural aspects of Chagas disease: a systematic review of qualitative research.
Ventura-Garcia L, Roura M, Pell C, Posada E, Gascón J, Aldasoro E, Muñoz J, Pool R.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013 Sep 12;7(9):e2410. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002410. eCollection 2013. Review.
PMID: 24069473