Janet Seeley

Janet Seeley

Professor Janet Seeley is a member of AHRI faculty, and a professor of anthropology and health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). A social anthropologist by training, over the past 35 years Janet has undertaken extended periods of research in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea, focusing on broader aspects of people’s lives and livelihoods that influence health and health related behaviours.

She has been engaged in research on the social aspects of HIV since 1987, beginning with postdoctoral research in Zambia. In particular, she looks at HIV across the life course and the impact of the epidemic on communities and people’s lives and livelihoods.  This focus has broadened recently to chronic conditions, more generally. She has led the social science programme for the MRC/UVRI research unit on Aids in Uganda since 2008.  She has also been active in research on poverty, social protection, mobility and migration.

Work at AHRI

In late 2014, Janet began providing time, support and leadership on social science and ethics to AHRI as part of the LSHTM collaboration with the institute. Over the past five years she has gradually transitioned to more of a mentorship rather than leadership role with the social scientists in AHRI, focusing particularly on assisting postdoctoral social scientists establish themselves as independent scientists. Her research at AHRI covers a number of different areas related to health across the life course, focussing particularly on adolescents/young people, mobile populations, those aged over 50 years, and ethics in research. She takes an active role in supporting public engagement initiatives.

Get in touch with Janet via janet.seeley@ahri.org 

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Selected Recent Publications

Bond, V., G. Hoddinott, L. Viljoen, F. Ngwenya, M. Simuyaba, B. Chiti, R. Ndubani, N. Makola, D. Donnell, A. Schaap, S. Floyd, J. Hargreaves, K. Shanaube, S. FIdler, P. Bock, H. Ayles, R. Hayes, J. Seeley and on behalf of the HPTN 071 (PopART) study team (2021) . How ‘place’matters for addressing the HIV epidemic: evidence from the HPTN 071 (PopART) cluster-randomised controlled trial in Zambia and South Africa. Trials 22(1): 1-13 .

Chimukuche, R. S., A. Wringe, J. Songo, F. Hassan, L. Luwanda, T. Kalua, M. Moshabela, J. Renju and J. Seeley (2021). Investigating the implementation of differentiated HIV services and implications for pregnant and postpartum women: A mixed methods multi-country study. Global Public Health 16(2): 274-287.

McIntosh, A., M. Bachmann, M. J. Siedner, D. Gareta, J. Seeley and K. Herbst (2021). Effect of COVID-19 lockdown on hospital admissions and mortality in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: interrupted time series analysis. BMJ Open 11(3): e047961.

Mthiyane, N., G. Harling, N. Chimbindi, K. Baisley, J. Seeley, J. Dreyer, T. Zuma, I. Birdthistle, S. Floyd, N. McGrath, F. Tanser, M. Shahmanesh and L. Sherr (2021). Common mental disorders and HIV status in the context of DREAMS among adolescent girls and young women in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. BMC Public Health 21(1): 1-12..

Boydell, Nicola; Nalukenge, Winifred; Siu, Godfrey; Seeley, Janet; Wight, Daniel. (2017).  How mothers in poverty explain their use of corporal punishment: A qualitative study in Kampala, Uganda.  European Journal of Development Research, 29 (5). pp. 999-1016. ISSN 0957-8811 DOI.

Bond, V., Hoddinott, G., Viljoen, L., Simuyaba, M., Musheke, M., & Seeley, J. (2016). Good Health and Moral Responsibility: Key Concepts Underlying the Interpretation of Treatment as Prevention in South Africa and Zambia Before Rolling Out Universal HIV Testing and Treatment. AIDS patient care and STDs, 30(9), 425-434 .

Bernays, S., Seeley, J., Rhodes, T. and Mupambireyi, Z. (2015). What am I ‘living’ with? Growing up with HIV in Uganda and Zimbabwe. Sociol Health Illn, 37: 270–283. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12189.

Barnett, T., Seeley, J., Levin, J., & Katongole, J. (2015). Hope: A new approach to understanding structural factors in HIV acquisition. Global Public Health, 10(4), 417-437. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1007154.

Siu, G. E., Seeley, J., & Wight, D. (2013). Dividuality, masculine respectability and reputation: How masculinity affects men's uptake of HIV treatment in rural eastern Uganda. Social Science & Medicine, 89, 45-52. doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.04.025.

Mbonye, M., Seeley, J., Ssembajja, F., Birungi, J., & Jaffar, S. (2013). Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Jinja, Uganda: A Six-Year Follow-Up Study. PLoS One, 8(10), e78243. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078243.