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Sofia Bowen Silva

Sofia Bowen Silva

Thesis title:

The social and political life of ‘work stress’: an ethnographic approach to mental health in the workplace in Santiago of Chile.


Sofía is a PhD student at the department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London. She holds a BSc in Social Anthropology at University of Chile and a MSc in Medical Anthropology at University of Edinburgh. Before joining GHSM at King’s College London, Sofía worked as young lecturer and research assistant in the Anthropology Department at Universidad Católica de Chile.  Currently, Sofía is working as a research assistant in the project ‘Mental Health, Migration and the Megacity (São Paulo)’ at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London.

Sofía’s PhD research explores the concept of ‘work-stress’ in neoliberal Chile and the practices and discourses that make it currently ubiquitous in debates over responsibility and accountability of mental health in the workplace. The research focuses on the experiences of low and middle-income employees with a stress-related psychiatric medical leave, and the place of ‘stress’ in negotiations with experts at companies, public healthcare and insurances regarding access to healthcare and compensations.

Her overarching research interests include: medical anthropology; mental health, biomedicine and psychiatry; subjectivity; work and morality; Latin America.

Supervisors: Dr. Dominique P. Béhague and Prof. Lochlann S. Jain.

Advisors: Prof. Alexander Edmonds (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Nikolas Rose (King’s College London), and Dr. Felipe Martínez (Universidad Católica de Chile).


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