Professor Andrea Whittaker

EXPERTISE

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Global medical trade and mobility
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Social isolation among HIV positive people

Andrea’s research spans the disciplines of anthropology, international public health, Asian studies and gender studies. Her current research projects include the study of global medical trade and mobility, oocyte mobilities in Southern Africa; reproductive travel and biotechnologies in the Asia Pacific, including issues of gender, religion, bioethics and global regulation of the trade, antimicrobial resistance, and social isolation among HIV positive people in Queensland. She is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project, AMRScapes, led by Mark Davis on antimicrobial resistance in Australia and is involved in social science research on AMR in Malaysia with colleagues from Monash Malaysia and SEACO. AMR-scapes research focuses on public engagements with advice regarding the rational and reduced use of antibiotics. Some of the themes that AMR-Scapes tackles include examining AMR news and health media messages, including scientific assumptions, as well as exploring the enablers and barriers to the enactment of AMR advice in everyday life.

Professor Andrea Whittaker is Convenor of Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts. She has achieved international standing in the field of medical anthropology and is a former ARC Future Fellow. Her current research projects include the study of antimicrobial resistance in international health, global medical trade and mobility, oocyte mobilities in Southern Africa; reproductive travel and biotechnologies in the Asia Pacific, including issues of gender, religion, bioethics and global regulation of the trade, and social isolation among HIV positive people in Queensland. She is a Co-Leader of the Health and Biofutures Focus Program at Monash University. She collaborates with the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship.

AMR FOCUS

  • Examining news, social, and health media communications about antibiotics and AMR.
  • Understanding individual experiences of infection, immunity, antibiotics and AMR.
  • Exploring the enablers and barriers for the safe use of antibiotics in human and companion animal health.
  • Investigating the science and policy of One Health as applied to AMR.

IMPACT

  • Informing policy, communications and education about antibiotics and AMR for diverse communities.