Andrea Butcher, Dr

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)




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Personlig profil


I am a social scientist with expertise in the social study of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). I joined the University of Helsinki’s sociology department in 2018 as postdoctoral researcher for the international, multidisciplinary consortium Antimicrobial Resistance in West Africa (AMRIWA), and then the Social Study of Antimicrobial Resistance: Health Care, Animals, and Ethics (SoSAMiRe). I now act as Senior Researcher for Helsinki's Centre of Excellence on AMR research, and am a member of the Centre for the Social Study of Microbes 

An anthropologist by training, my expertise lies broadly in ethnography and development studies, drawing inspiration from Science and Technology Studies approaches. More recently, I have adopted participatory visual methods as a research tool. Since 2017, I have worked in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary reseach teams involved in global AMR research, closely collaborating with bioscience teams in Finland, UK, West Africa and Bangladesh. The specific focus of my own research is AMR and microbes in the social context of international development. My current research interests are directed towards how changes in food production, rapid urbanisation, expanding healthcare facilities and poor institutional and material infrastructures for water and sanitation management open new pathways for AMR transmission between humans, non-human animals and the environment (One Health Approach). I have worked in anthropology, sociology, human geography and religious studies departments. My PhD research examined the intersection of religion, development and climate in Ladakh, North-West India, traversing interesting materialities routes as I examined the role of geomancy and supernatural agency in political questions of climate, development and wellbeing in the Himalayas. I then acted as postdoctoral research assistant on an ESRC-funded international multidisciplinary collaboration examining the socioeconomic drivers of antibiotic use in Bangladesh’s aquaculture sector at the University of Exeter before moving to Helsinki. I have field experience in the Indian Himalaya, Bangladesh and West Africa.

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Anthropology, PhD Religious Studies

Tilldelningsdatum: 30 nov. 2013


  • 5143 Social- och kulturantropologi
  • 5141 Sociologi
  • 5200 Övriga samhällsvetenskaper
  • 5203 Globala utvecklingsstudier

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