Eileen Moyer

Eileen Moyer

  • Senior Fellow
  • Professor of Anthropology of Ecology, Health and Climate Change - University of Amsterdam
  • Executive Board Member

Eileen Moyer is currently a Professor in the Anthropology of Ecology, Health and Climate Change, Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Her current work is preceded by more than twenty years of research on HIV/AIDS. While Moyer continues to supervise research and publish on HIV, gender and sexual health, she now also runs a research programme examining the relationship between health, environment and inequalities in Africa and Europe. She is currently directing an NWO-funded project on the water, energy and food nexus South African cities and co-leads a consortium investigating the lifecycle of plastics in relation to health and climate change mitigation.

Since the culmination of her PhD (UvA) in 2003, she has received funding from multiple international sources to examine the myriad of ways that HIV/AIDS is entangled in human social relations in urban Africa. She is considered a leading international social science researcher in the field of HIV and sexual health and community engagement; most of her applied research has focused on improving HIV or sexual and reproductive health interventions in the global south. With more than 80 publications to her name, she has been published in anthropological, medical, public health, health policy, urban and media studies journals. She is also the co-founder and co-editor of the open-access journal Medicine Anthropology Theory.

In October 2008, Moyer was appointed Assistant Professor of medical and urban anthropology at the UvA and since then has worked with prominent Dutch NGOs (AIDSfonds, Rutgers, HIVOS). She was granted tenure in October 2012 and promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2016. In 2019 she was promoted to Full Professor. At AIGHD, Eileen Moyer is developing a focus area in Ecology, Health and Environment, while overseeing the social science arm of an applied health project focusing on improving access to HIV treatment in Tanzania.


Select publications include:

  1. Moyer, Eileen and Linda Musariri. (2020) A Black Man is a Cornered Man: Migration, precarity, and masculinities in Johannesburg. Gender, Place, and Culture. DOI: 1080/0966369X.2020.1855122
  2. Maluleke, Gavaza & Eileen Moyer. (2020) “We have to ask for permission to become”: Young Women’s Voices, Gendered Violence and Mediated Spaces in South Africa. 45(4):871-902. https://doi.org/10.1086/707799
  3. Moyer, Eileen. (2020) Buying Time in a Prosperous Land: Some musings on human-viral relations from the streets of Amsterdam. City and Society. 32(1). DOI: 1111/ciso.12261
  4. Shio, Jasmine, and Eileen Moyer. (2020) Navigating Norms of Masculinity: Tactical gender performances among gay men in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Gender, Place &  Culture.  DOI: 1080/0966369X.2020.1759513
  5. Fast, Danya, David Bukusi and Eileen Moyer. (2020) The Knife’s Edge: Masculinity and precarity in eastern Africa. Social Science and Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113097
  6. Moyer, Eileen (2019) Becoming a Target of HIV Intervention: The science and politics of anthropological reframing. Medicine Anthropology Theory. 6(4):315-324. http://www.medanthrotheory.org/read/11654/becoming-a-target-of-hiv-intervention
  7. Fast, Danya & Eileen Moyer (2018) Becoming and Coming Undone in Dar es Salaam. Africa Today 64 (3): 2-26. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/699780
  8. Moyer, Eileen & Emmy Kageha Igonya (2018) Queering the Evidence: Remaking homosexuality and HIV risk to ‘end AIDS’ in Kenya. Global Public Health 13(8):1007-1019. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441692.2018.1462841
  9. Dlamini-Simelane, Thandeka & Eileen Moyer (2017) Rethinking the “Lost to Follow-Up” Paradigm: Delayed and interrupted treatment itineraries among married women living with HIV in Swaziland. Health, Policy & Planning. 32 (2): 248-256. https://academic.oup.com/heapol/article-abstract/32/2/248/2549193/Lost-to-follow-up-rethinking-delayed-and?redirectedFrom=fulltext
  10. Dlamini-Simelane, Thandeka & Eileen Moyer (2017) Task Shifting of Shifting Care Practices? The impact of task shifting on patients’ experiences and health care arrangements in Swaziland. BMC Health Services Research. 17:20.