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Dr Dörte  Bemme
Dr Dörte Bemme

Dr Dörte Bemme

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Lecturer in Society and Mental Health

Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine.

Research subject areas

  • Mental Health


Dörte Bemme received her M.A. in Anthropology and Modern Literature from Humboldt University in Berlin and her PhD in Anthropology from the Department for Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. She was a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the New School for Social Science Research, New York, before joining the Department for Global Health and Social Medicine (GHSM) as a Lecturer in Society & Mental Health.

Dörte’s research interests include the history and anthropology of psychiatry, the globalization and digitalization of mental health care through Global Mental Health, and the production of expert knowledge in interdisciplinary collaborations. Her long-term, multi-sited fieldwork among Global Mental Health actors in international institutions, global academic consortia, virtual and project sites in South Africa and Nepal explores how mental health is experienced, performed and construed at different scales. She has an interest in the production of global knowledge and how cultural, socio-economic and epistemological differences are reconciled. She now studies the use of digital technologies in psychiatry and contributes to the development of neuroecosocial concepts and methods.

Research Interests

  • Globalization of psy-knowledge and care
  • Ethnography of Global Mental Health
  • Digital psychiatry
  • Culture and mental health
  • Social determinants of mental health
  • Interdisciplinarity as practice
  • Scale and scalability
  • Ecosocial theory and methods

Expertise and Public Engagement

Guest Editor of Somatophere Blogpost Series “Tracking Digital Psy” (2020)

Managing Editor of Transcultural Psychiatry