Biography

Janet has over 30 years of experience working in development in Africa and Asia including long-term postings as technical cooperation officer/social development adviser for DFID in Uganda, Nepal and India. She has undertaken research and done short-term consultancies in a number of different countries. 

Academic Background

Janet holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (1985).  In 1987, after postdoctoral research in Zambia on poverty and HIV and AIDS, she joined DFID (then ODA) and spent 13 years in long-term postings as a technical cooperation officer/researcher/social development adviser for DFID in Uganda, Nepal and India.  She joined the School of International Development in 2000, and has subsequently been engaged in teaching, research and consultancies.

She has undertaken long-term research in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Bangladesh and Nepal and short-term consultancies and research in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and India.  She has expertise and experience in project management and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, social development, gender analysis and livelihoods approaches.  Her main continuing research experience and interests are in the social aspects of health, with a particular focus on HIV and AIDS (she has a number of on-going research projects in this area), migration, the understanding of chronic poverty and social protection.   Janet is currently head of the social science programme for the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Unit on AIDS.
 
Janet’s teaching in recent years has focused on Master’s level courses in health and development, social policy and qualitative research methods.    
                     
Janet is an associate editor for the Journal of South Asian Development and is on the editorial boards of other journals.

Janet Seeley moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in April 2014 to take up the post of Professor of Anthropology and Health. She retains an honorary position at the School of International Development where she continues to supervise four PhD students.


 

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Lees, S., Zalwango, F., Andrew, B., Vandepitte, J., Seeley, J., Hayes, R. J., Francis, S. C.

(2014)

Understanding motives for intravaginal practices amongst Tanzanian and Ugandan women at high risk of HIV infection : The embodiment of social and cultural norms and well-being

in Social Science and Medicine

102.

pp. 165-173

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Birdthistle, I., Mayanja, B., Maher, D., Floyd, S., Seeley, J., Weiss, H.

(2013)

Non-consensual sex and association with incident HIV infection among women: A cohort study in rural Uganda 1990-2008

in AIDS and Behavior

17.

pp. 2430-2438

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mcarthur, M., Birdthistle, I., Seeley, J., Mpendo, J., Asiki, G.

(2013)

How HIV diagnosis and disclosure affect sexual behavior and relationships in Ugandan fishing communities

in Qualitative Health Research

23.

pp. 1125-1137

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


McCreesh, N., Tarsh, M., Seeley, J., Katongole, J., White, R.

(2013)

Community understanding of respondent-driven sampling in a medical research setting in Uganda: Importance for the use of RDS for public health research

in International Journal of Social Research Methodology

16.

pp. 269-284

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Seeley, J.

(2013)

HIV and East Africa: thirty years in the shadow of an epidemic

Routledge

UEA Repository

(Book)


Nazziwa, J., Njai, H. F., Ndembi, N., Birungi, J., Lyagoba, F., Gershim, A., Nakiyingi-Miiro, J., Nielsen, L., Mpendo, J., Nanvubya, A., Debont, J., Grosskurth, H., Kamali, A., Seeley, J., Kaleebu, And The Chivtum Study Team

(2013)

Short Communication: HIV Type 1 Transmitted Drug Resistance and Evidence of Transmission Clusters Among Recently Infected Antiretroviral-Naive Individuals from Ugandan Fishing Communities of Lake Victoria

in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses

29.

pp. 788-795

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Asiki, G., Murphy, G., Nakiyingi-miiro, J., Seeley, J., Nsubuga, R. N., Karabarinde, A., Waswa, L., Biraro, S., Kasamba, I., Pomilla, C., Maher, D., Young, E. H., Kamali, A., Sandhu, M. S.

(2013)

The general population cohort in rural south-western Uganda: a platform for communicable and non-communicable disease studies

in International Journal of Epidemiology

42.

pp. 129-141

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mayanja, B., Kabunga, E., Masiira, B., Lubega, R., Kaleebu, P., Seeley, J.

(2013)

Personal barriers to antiretroviral therapy adherence : Case studies from a rural Uganda prospective clinical cohort

in African Health Sciences

13.

pp. 311-319

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Nyirenda, M., Newell, M., Mugisha, J., Mutevedzi, P., Seeley, J., Scholten, F., Kowal, P.

(2013)

Health, wellbeing, and disability among older people infected or affected by HIV in Uganda and South Africa.

in Global health action

6.

pp. 19201

UEA Repository

(Article)


Francis, S., Baisley, K., Lees, S., Seeley, J., Ao, T., Kapiga, S., Grosskurth, H., Hayes, R., Andrew, B., Watson-Jones, D., Zalwango, F., Vandepitte, J., van de Wijgert, J.

(2013)

Vaginal Practices among Women at High Risk of HIV Infection in Uganda and Tanzania : Recorded Behaviour from a Daily Pictorial Diary

in PLoS ONE

8.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Murphy, G. A. V., Asiki, G., Young, E. H., Seeley, J., Nsubuga, R. N., Sandhu, M. S., Kamali, A.

(2013)

Cardiometabolic Risk in a Rural Ugandan Population

in Diabetes Care

36.

pp. e143-e143

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(Article)


Mbonye, M., Nakamanya, S., Nalukenge, W., Vandepitte, J., Seeley, J., King, R.

(2013)

'It is like a tomato stall where someone can pick what he likes' : Structure and practices of female sex work in Kampala, Uganda

in BMC Public Health

13.

pp. 741

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(Article)


Mwai, G. W., Mburu, G., Torpey, K., Frost, P., Ford, N., Seeley, J.

(2013)

Role and outcomes of community health workers in HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review

in Journal of the International AIDS Society

16.

pp. 18586

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(Article)


Ssali, A., Namukwaya, S., Seeley, J., Kamali, A., Parkes-Ratanshi, R., Bufumbo, L., G. Lalloo, D.

(2013)

Pregnancy in HIV Clinical Trials in Sub Saharan Africa : Failure of Consent or Contraception?

in PLoS ONE

8.

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Negin, J., Nyirenda, M., Seeley, J., Mutevedzi, P.

(2013)

Inequality in Health Status Among Older Adults in Africa : The Surprising Impact of Anti-Retroviral Treatment

in Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

28.

pp. 491-493

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mugisha, J., Scholten, F., Owilla, S., Naidoo, N., Seeley, J., Chatterji, S., Kowal, P., Boerma, T.

(2013)

Caregiving responsibilities and burden among older people by HIV status and other determinants in Uganda

in AIDS care

25.

pp. 1341-1348

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(Article)


Mugisha, J. O., Baisley, K., Asiki, G., Seeley, J., Kuper, H.

(2013)

Prevalence, Types, Risk Factors and Clinical Correlates of Anaemia in Older People in a Rural Ugandan Population

in PLoS ONE

8.

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Asiki, G., Abaasa, A., Ruzagira, E., Kibengo, F., Bahemuka, U., Mulondo, J., Seeley, J., Bekker, L., Delany, S., Kaleebu, P., Kamali, A.

(2013)

Willingness to participate in HIV vaccine efficacy trials among high risk men and women from fishing communities along Lake Victoria in Uganda

in Vaccine

31.

pp. 5055-5061

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Mbonye, M., Nakamanya, S., Birungi, J., King, R., Seeley, J., Jaffar, S.

(2013)

Stigma trajectories among people living with HIV (PLHIV) embarking on a life time journey with antiretroviral drugs in Jinja, Uganda

in BMC Public Health

13.

pp. 804

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Mbonye, M., Seeley, J., Ssembajja, F., Birungi, J., Jaffar, S.

(2013)

Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Jinja, Uganda: A Six-Year Follow-Up Study

in PLoS ONE

8.

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All Publications

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Lees, S., Zalwango, F., Andrew, B., Vandepitte, J., Seeley, J., Hayes, R. J., Francis, S. C.

(2014)

Understanding motives for intravaginal practices amongst Tanzanian and Ugandan women at high risk of HIV infection : The embodiment of social and cultural norms and well-being

in Social Science and Medicine

102.

pp. 165-173

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Birdthistle, I., Mayanja, B., Maher, D., Floyd, S., Seeley, J., Weiss, H.

(2013)

Non-consensual sex and association with incident HIV infection among women: A cohort study in rural Uganda 1990-2008

in AIDS and Behavior

17.

pp. 2430-2438

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mcarthur, M., Birdthistle, I., Seeley, J., Mpendo, J., Asiki, G.

(2013)

How HIV diagnosis and disclosure affect sexual behavior and relationships in Ugandan fishing communities

in Qualitative Health Research

23.

pp. 1125-1137

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


McCreesh, N., Tarsh, M., Seeley, J., Katongole, J., White, R.

(2013)

Community understanding of respondent-driven sampling in a medical research setting in Uganda: Importance for the use of RDS for public health research

in International Journal of Social Research Methodology

16.

pp. 269-284

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Seeley, J.

(2013)

HIV and East Africa: thirty years in the shadow of an epidemic

Routledge

UEA Repository

(Book)


Nazziwa, J., Njai, H. F., Ndembi, N., Birungi, J., Lyagoba, F., Gershim, A., Nakiyingi-Miiro, J., Nielsen, L., Mpendo, J., Nanvubya, A., Debont, J., Grosskurth, H., Kamali, A., Seeley, J., Kaleebu, And The Chivtum Study Team

(2013)

Short Communication: HIV Type 1 Transmitted Drug Resistance and Evidence of Transmission Clusters Among Recently Infected Antiretroviral-Naive Individuals from Ugandan Fishing Communities of Lake Victoria

in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses

29.

pp. 788-795

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Asiki, G., Murphy, G., Nakiyingi-miiro, J., Seeley, J., Nsubuga, R. N., Karabarinde, A., Waswa, L., Biraro, S., Kasamba, I., Pomilla, C., Maher, D., Young, E. H., Kamali, A., Sandhu, M. S.

(2013)

The general population cohort in rural south-western Uganda: a platform for communicable and non-communicable disease studies

in International Journal of Epidemiology

42.

pp. 129-141

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mayanja, B., Kabunga, E., Masiira, B., Lubega, R., Kaleebu, P., Seeley, J.

(2013)

Personal barriers to antiretroviral therapy adherence : Case studies from a rural Uganda prospective clinical cohort

in African Health Sciences

13.

pp. 311-319

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Nyirenda, M., Newell, M., Mugisha, J., Mutevedzi, P., Seeley, J., Scholten, F., Kowal, P.

(2013)

Health, wellbeing, and disability among older people infected or affected by HIV in Uganda and South Africa.

in Global health action

6.

pp. 19201

UEA Repository

(Article)


Francis, S., Baisley, K., Lees, S., Seeley, J., Ao, T., Kapiga, S., Grosskurth, H., Hayes, R., Andrew, B., Watson-Jones, D., Zalwango, F., Vandepitte, J., van de Wijgert, J.

(2013)

Vaginal Practices among Women at High Risk of HIV Infection in Uganda and Tanzania : Recorded Behaviour from a Daily Pictorial Diary

in PLoS ONE

8.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Murphy, G. A. V., Asiki, G., Young, E. H., Seeley, J., Nsubuga, R. N., Sandhu, M. S., Kamali, A.

(2013)

Cardiometabolic Risk in a Rural Ugandan Population

in Diabetes Care

36.

pp. e143-e143

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mbonye, M., Nakamanya, S., Nalukenge, W., Vandepitte, J., Seeley, J., King, R.

(2013)

'It is like a tomato stall where someone can pick what he likes' : Structure and practices of female sex work in Kampala, Uganda

in BMC Public Health

13.

pp. 741

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mwai, G. W., Mburu, G., Torpey, K., Frost, P., Ford, N., Seeley, J.

(2013)

Role and outcomes of community health workers in HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review

in Journal of the International AIDS Society

16.

pp. 18586

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Ssali, A., Namukwaya, S., Seeley, J., Kamali, A., Parkes-Ratanshi, R., Bufumbo, L., G. Lalloo, D.

(2013)

Pregnancy in HIV Clinical Trials in Sub Saharan Africa : Failure of Consent or Contraception?

in PLoS ONE

8.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Negin, J., Nyirenda, M., Seeley, J., Mutevedzi, P.

(2013)

Inequality in Health Status Among Older Adults in Africa : The Surprising Impact of Anti-Retroviral Treatment

in Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

28.

pp. 491-493

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mugisha, J., Scholten, F., Owilla, S., Naidoo, N., Seeley, J., Chatterji, S., Kowal, P., Boerma, T.

(2013)

Caregiving responsibilities and burden among older people by HIV status and other determinants in Uganda

in AIDS care

25.

pp. 1341-1348

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mugisha, J. O., Baisley, K., Asiki, G., Seeley, J., Kuper, H.

(2013)

Prevalence, Types, Risk Factors and Clinical Correlates of Anaemia in Older People in a Rural Ugandan Population

in PLoS ONE

8.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Asiki, G., Abaasa, A., Ruzagira, E., Kibengo, F., Bahemuka, U., Mulondo, J., Seeley, J., Bekker, L., Delany, S., Kaleebu, P., Kamali, A.

(2013)

Willingness to participate in HIV vaccine efficacy trials among high risk men and women from fishing communities along Lake Victoria in Uganda

in Vaccine

31.

pp. 5055-5061

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mbonye, M., Nakamanya, S., Birungi, J., King, R., Seeley, J., Jaffar, S.

(2013)

Stigma trajectories among people living with HIV (PLHIV) embarking on a life time journey with antiretroviral drugs in Jinja, Uganda

in BMC Public Health

13.

pp. 804

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mbonye, M., Seeley, J., Ssembajja, F., Birungi, J., Jaffar, S.

(2013)

Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Jinja, Uganda: A Six-Year Follow-Up Study

in PLoS ONE

8.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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Key Research Interests

Health and development, particularly social aspects of chronic diseases, focusing on HIV and non-communicable diseases; Ageing; Chronic poverty, resilience and deprivation; Migration and mobility; Livelihoods.

Research Groups: Ageing and DevelopmentGender and DevelopmentHealth Policy and Practice; HIV and Development Group;
Social Protection and Mobile Livelihoods

Research Activities 

My research is currently mainly focused on social aspects of chronic health conditions, particularly HIV.  I continue to be interested in migration and mobility and livelihoods and enjoy looking at these themes in conjunction with health and development.  Gender analysis remains an important part of all my work.
I am currently head of the social science programme for the Medical Research Council’s HIV Unit. 

I have a number of on-going and recently completed research projects (listed on my CV). Some information on the work of the Social Science Programme of the MRC Unit is available here.
 

 

Teaching Interests

Masters

  • Gender Concepts and Development  2000, 2001, 2002 (convener 2000)
  • Gender and Social Policy   2001, 2002, 2003 (convener)
  • Gender, Difference and Social Policy   2005, 2006 (convener 2006)
  • Research Skills for Social Analysis 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 (convener 2005&2006)
  • Health and Development   2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Undergraduate

  • Gender Divisions in Development 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 (convener 2001&2003)
  • Human Rights 2001

Co-supervisor of five research students (in accordance with UEA practice all research students have two supervisors):

  1. 'Collaborative research initiatives and partnerships: investigating a model for the conduct of trans-disciplinary HIV/AIDS research in Uganda’, Stevens Bechange, commenced October 2008
  2. 'Informed consent? Ethics in medical research’, Agnes Ssali, commenced October 2010
  3. 'Men, masculinity and development in South Africa’, Toni Pyke, commenced October 2010
  4. 'Fishing and vulnerability in Western Kenya’, Nozomi Kawarazuka, commenced October 2010
  5. 'Intimate Space across the life course in rural Uganda' Ailie Tam , commenced October 2013  

Co-supervisor of one research student at each of two other universities:

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
'Anaemia and older people in Uganda', Joseph Mugisha, commenced October 2010

Makerere University, Uganda
'Health Related Quality of Life of HIV patients attending an urban clinic in Uganda', Doris Mwesigire, commenced April 2011

Key Responsibilities

 Chair of the international Development Research Ethics Committee of UEA.