Posted on 5 February 2014
The Department of History's Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) is delighted to announce that one of our PhD students, Joanna Lunt (pictured), has been awarded a 2014 Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) grant-in-aid to pursue research at the RAC, based in New York, USA. The competitive grant-in-aid programme supports research by scholars in the collections located at the RAC, including the records of the Rockefeller Family, Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Foundation, and other philanthropies and associated individuals.
Joanna’s PhD research, titled ‘International Health, Water and the Political Economy of Development: Uganda & Sudan 1898-1995’, uses water as a focal point for analysing medicine, health and development in Uganda and Sudan. Jo says, “from the development of tropical medicine to the internationalisation of health, the role of water in the history of medicine has been neglected. By examining the presence or absence of water in health and development debates I hope to understand how this impacted both disease understandings and water-related policy. I am particularly interested in the interaction between and within national organisations, international organisations, governments, societies and communities.”
“In the 20th century the Rockefeller Foundation played a crucial role in shaping understandings of disease, implementing development frameworks, and providing funding for medical research institutes worldwide. The RAC collections, through both institutional and individual records, will therefore provide important insights into the role of water in each of these areas.”
All at the Centre would like to congratulate Jo on her success and look forward to hearing the results of the research.