- Ruth Simister
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- Mediating Public Health Messaging during the Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone
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Professor Melissa Parker
My research builds on 4 years' professional experience in the international development field, working on media development and behaviour change programmes in London, Moldova and Ghana. It also builds on research for my MA, in which I used photovoice and ethnography to explore the subjective meaning of participation in a sex worker peer education programme in the context of a gendered slum economy.
My research asks how authorised messages developed on the global and 'expert' level were mediated by communications actors and community audiences during the Ebola response in Sierra Leone 2014-16. I will employ ethnographic and archival methods to address this question during multi-sited fieldwork in Sierra Leone. I will work collaboratively with Njala University and seek to contribute to a national museum of Ebola under development in the country.
Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine