Mandy Geise

Mandy Geise

  • Postdoctoral Researcher

Mandy Geise (PhD, EHESS) is a medical anthropologist with experience in diverse topics situated at the intersections of anthropology and global health. Her research interests include the mobility of practices and knowledge related to health, illness, medicine and science; biotechnologies; diabetes, food and changing foodways; the relationship between the environment and health; infectious disease threats; humanitarian aid; equity and social justice; and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In her research, Mandy has used ethnographic methods and historic approaches, as well as mixed methods in various geographic and institutional settings. She has a particular interest in participatory approaches, and ensuring people’s lived experiences inform integral health policy and practice.

For her master’s research in Medical Anthropology and Sociology (University of Amsterdam) she examined stigmatization and access to care in the clinical, political, and social context as experienced by people living with HIV/AIDS in the Ecuadorian LGBTQI+ community. Her PhD research (EHESS/Cermes3) was concerned with medical genetics and genomics in Mexico. Amongst others, it looked at how diabetes is entangled in narratives about genetic composition, racial admixture, and disease etiology, and how environmental factors such as diet and inequality are explained by medical specialists, researchers, policy makers, and the larger public.

Mandy currently works at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (Nivel) and Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), where she works in multidisciplinary teams on various projects, for example to integrate social science approaches in community engagement in humanitarian action (in the SS4CE in HA project), to strengthen the contribution of the social sciences to the prevention and response to infectious disease threats and AMR (Sonar-Global), to examine global AMR governance from a One Health perspective, and to study the needs of young people who survived childhood cancer.