Dr Luisa Enria

Luisa Enria

Research Associate

Luisa is a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath, where her research focuses on Sierra Leone and aims to produce ethnographic accounts of how people experience, engage with and resist development interventions in their daily lives. Informed by her research during and after the West African Ebola outbreak, Luisa’s work also engages with the possibilities and tensions at the interface between anthropology and global health. In 2016, she was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship for a project entitled States of Emergency: Citizenship in Crisis in Sierra Leone. The project explores how crisis shapes the meaning and practices of citizenship, focusing on young Sierra Leoneans’ experiences of the Ebola epidemic and the measures put in place to contain it including quarantines, curfews and military intervention. Prior to joining Bath, Luisa was a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2015-16), for which she was based in Kambia, Northern Sierra Leone, exploring community experiences of the epidemic and of new encounters with biomedicine, including participation in the Ebola vaccine trials. In 2015 she received a DPhil from Oxford University's Department of International Development, for which she studied the political mobilisation of unemployed youth in Freetown. 

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Selected Publications

Enria, L. (2016). 'Seeing is Believing: Trial regulations vs. Community Engagement in an Ebola Vaccine Trial', in Aellah, G., Chantler, T. and Geissler, P. W. (eds) Global Health Research in an Unequal World. Wallingford, U. K.: CABI.

Enria, L. et al (2016). 'Power, Fairness and Trust: understanding and engaging with vaccine trial participants and communities in the setting up the EBOVAC-Salone vaccine trial in Sierra Leone', BMC Public Health.

Enria, L. (2016). 'I Must Stand Like a Man: Masculinity in Crisis in Post-War Sierra Leone', in Cornwall, A., Lindsfarne, N. and Karioris, F.G. (eds) Masculinities Under Neoliberalism. London: Zed Books.

Enria, L. (2016). 'Co-Producing Knowledge through Participatory Theatre: Reflections on Ethnography, Empathy and Power', Qualitative Research June 2016 (16), pp. 319-329.

Enria, L. (2015). 'Love and Betrayal: The Political Economy of Youth Violence in Post-War Sierra Leone’, The Journal of Modern African Studies 53(4), pp.637-660

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