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Carlo Caduff

Professor Carlo Caduff

Professor in Global Health and Social Medicine

Research interests

  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Sociology

Biography

Carlo Caduff is a Professor in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, where he serves as Director of Research and Chair of the Culture, Medicine & Power (CMP) research group.

He has been working for over a decade as a social and cultural anthropologist with a focus on the anthropology of science, medicine, media, technology and the state. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009 and has been teaching at King’s since 2012.

Research

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Medicine
  • Politics

Carlo's work engages with anthropological, sociological and philosophical debates about power, language, the body and the state. Over the past decade, he has been the Principal Investigator of two major ethnographic research projects: one on pandemic preparedness in the United States and another one on cancer care in India.

These projects have resulted in publications in journals in the social sciences (Cultural Anthropology, Current Anthropology, Annual Review of Anthropology, Cambridge Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Anthropological Theory, BioSocieties), the medical sciences (The Lancet, The Lancet Oncology, Global Public Health, The Journal of Global Oncology, The Journal of Cancer Policy, Nature Reviews Cancer), and the humanities (Critical Inquiry).

In addition to these articles, he is the author of a book on pandemic preparedness published by the University of California Press (with a German translation published by Konstanz University Press). He is the editor of three journal special issues, including a Current Anthropology issue on new media publics.

His current work, located in the Global South, examines how patients and family members access cancer care in India. Ethnographically the project follows actors and institutions struggling to make medicine affordable in an emerging economy grappling with entrenched forms of health inequality.

The focus is on cancer, arguably one of the most complex and expensive medical conditions. The rising rates of the disease, the lack of universal health coverage, the fragmented health system, and the growing fascination with technology have transformed cancer into one of the greatest global health challenges of our time.

For a large part of the Indian population, a diagnosis results in catastrophic expenditures for patients and their families. In this context, ‘affordability’ has emerged as a topic of great social and political urgency as well as medical, scientific, and logistic challenges. The project is based in India’s largest public cancer hospital and is funded by a 5-year Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. 

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Further details

See Carlo's research profile

    Research

    CMP Logo-72dpi
    Culture, Medicine & Power research group

    Delving into the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political and historical dimensions of health and illness.

    global health
    Global Oncology Group

    The Global Oncology Group brings together global cancer faculty across King’s College London and it’s NHS partner hospitals under Kings’ Health Partners.

    42564057_presentation-wide
    The Centre for the Humanities and Health

    A multidisciplinary forum interfacing the humanities, health, science & society.

    News

    Global Health & Social Medicine academics support burgeoning researchers in social medicine

    The Global Social Medicine Network recently held an essay competition for postgraduate students to give them the opportunity to have their work published.

    global health

    The reality behind cancer in India

    India is reported to have over one million new cancer patients each year. On-going research seeks to improve cancer care for patients.

    Twenty-four Still photography exhibition

    Events

    13OctIAA Workshop

    CaféTheoria Workshop 1: Michel Foucault with Professor Carlo Caduff

    First part of an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories, and engage peers and colleagues in lively...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    07JunPhoto Credit: Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

    The political stakes of cancer: New contexts, new subjectivities

    This workshop will be the first step in building a global network of early career researchers working on cancer in new contexts and with new subjectivities.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    01FebTwenty-Four Stills photography exhibition

    Twenty-Four Stills photography exhibition

    Twenty-Four Stills is a photographic exhibition documenting patients, family members and hospital staff in a cancer center in Kolkata, India.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    Partnerships, Power, Potential: GHSM on from 10

    This exhibition takes a look at the research being undertaken by GHSM academics and students across the world.

    GHSM on from 10 photo (1)

      Research

      CMP Logo-72dpi
      Culture, Medicine & Power research group

      Delving into the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political and historical dimensions of health and illness.

      global health
      Global Oncology Group

      The Global Oncology Group brings together global cancer faculty across King’s College London and it’s NHS partner hospitals under Kings’ Health Partners.

      42564057_presentation-wide
      The Centre for the Humanities and Health

      A multidisciplinary forum interfacing the humanities, health, science & society.

      News

      Global Health & Social Medicine academics support burgeoning researchers in social medicine

      The Global Social Medicine Network recently held an essay competition for postgraduate students to give them the opportunity to have their work published.

      global health

      The reality behind cancer in India

      India is reported to have over one million new cancer patients each year. On-going research seeks to improve cancer care for patients.

      Twenty-four Still photography exhibition

      Events

      13OctIAA Workshop

      CaféTheoria Workshop 1: Michel Foucault with Professor Carlo Caduff

      First part of an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories, and engage peers and colleagues in lively...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      07JunPhoto Credit: Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

      The political stakes of cancer: New contexts, new subjectivities

      This workshop will be the first step in building a global network of early career researchers working on cancer in new contexts and with new subjectivities.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      01FebTwenty-Four Stills photography exhibition

      Twenty-Four Stills photography exhibition

      Twenty-Four Stills is a photographic exhibition documenting patients, family members and hospital staff in a cancer center in Kolkata, India.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      Partnerships, Power, Potential: GHSM on from 10

      This exhibition takes a look at the research being undertaken by GHSM academics and students across the world.

      GHSM on from 10 photo (1)