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Rebecca Lynch

Research Fellow


Dr Rebecca Lynch is a Research Fellow in the Department of Women & Children’s Health, School of Life Course & Population Sciences.

Rebecca is a medical anthropologist interested in constructions of the body, health and illness, particularly the relationship between bodies and environments/health and place and the category of the body and the changing, ageing body. Related to these, she is also interested in categories and classification, medicalisation, and risk and moral aspects of medicine. Across these broad interests runs a concern for addressing health inequalities, what biomedical categories and classifications 'do', and situating health in relation to everyday life and beyond individual bodies. Drawing on STS and wider social theory, her approach includes attending to materiality and to embedded values and assumptions.

As well as conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Trinidad, Rebecca has worked on a range of different public health and related projects within the UK. Her recent UK-based work includes constructions and experiences of different biomedical diagnoses, including in public health, associated with different aspects of the life course: female urinary incontinence, multimorbidity and adverse childhood experiences.