United Kingdom

Helen Lambert is Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School and is seconded half time to UKRI as GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) Challenge Leader for Global Health. Her research interests include sociocultural aspects of healthcare and treatment seeking, infectious disease and AMR, traditional therapeutics and plural health systems, qualitative research methodologies and interdisciplinary global health research. She has extensive ethnographic and social science research experience in Asia and elsewhere on issues including HIV prevention and ART, medical pluralism and treatment-seeking, informal care provision, public understanding of medicine, and suicide prevention.

Through her appointment as ESRC Research Champion for AMR in 2015-2016, Helen led advocacy initiatives in the UK to highlight the role of the social sciences in tackling AMR and build cross-disciplinary research capacity. Her own portfolio of interdisciplinary research focusing on AMR in Asia spans the past five years; she currently leads a Newton Fund-supported UK-China AMR Hub, Strategies to reduce the burden of antibiotic resistance in China (STAR-China); co-leads the social science workstream for a major GCRF project investigating One Health drivers of AMR in Thailand; and directs the anthropological component of a NERC-DBT project investigating the role of pharmaceutical waste in the environment on AMR in India, ResPharm. Helen sits on WHO’s Strategic Technical Advisory Group for AMR and on several Strategic Advisory Boards for other AMR-related research projects. She is also co-Investigator of a NIHR Global Health Group investigating health system responses to violence against women in four low and middle-income countries. At the University of Bristol she co-leads the EBI Global Public Health research strand and represents the University on the GW4 AMR Alliance network.

Helen sits on various funding panels including the DHSC/UKRI Global Effort on COVID-19; GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response to COVID-19 funding panel; MRC Applied Global Health Research Board; and NIHR Global Health Research panel. She is heavily involved in the UK rapid research response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is co-investigator on a MRC-DHSC study evaluating public adherence to government guidelines on COVID-19 with Public Health England.

Further information on Helen is available on her institutional profile.