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.
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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Antiretroviral therapy and changing patterns of HIV stigmatisation in Entebbe, Uganda
in Sociology of Health & Illness
pp. 58–72Full Text UEA Repository
Finding Meaning: HIV self-management and wellbeing among people taking antiretroviral therapy in Uganda
in PLoS ONE
11.Full Text UEA Repository
Volunteer experiences and perceptions of the informed consent process: Lessons from two HIV clinical trials in Uganda
in BMC Medical Ethics
16.Full Text UEA Repository
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
pp. 165-173Full Text UEA Repository
‘Dented’ and ‘Resuscitated’ masculinities: The impact of HIV diagnosis and/or enrolment on antiretroviral treatment on masculine identities in rural eastern Uganda
in SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS
pp. 211-221Full Text UEA Repository
Non-consensual sex and association with incident HIV infection among women: A cohort study in rural Uganda 1990-2008
in AIDS and Behavior
pp. 2430-2438Full Text UEA Repository
How HIV diagnosis and disclosure affect sexual behavior and relationships in Ugandan fishing communities
in Qualitative Health Research
pp. 1125-1137Full Text UEA Repository
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
pp. 269-284Full Text UEA Repository
HIV and East Africa: thirty years in the shadow of an epidemic
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
pp. 788-795Full Text UEA Repository
The general population cohort in rural south-western Uganda: a platform for communicable and non-communicable disease studies
in International Journal of Epidemiology
pp. 129-141Full Text UEA Repository
Personal barriers to antiretroviral therapy adherence: Case studies from a rural Uganda prospective clinical cohort
in African Health Sciences
pp. 311-319Full Text UEA Repository
Health, wellbeing, and disability among older people infected or affected by HIV in Uganda and South Africa.
in Global Health Action
pp. 19201UEA Repository
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
Cardiometabolic Risk in a Rural Ugandan Population
in Diabetes Care
pp. e143-e143Full Text UEA Repository
'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
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Role and outcomes of community health workers in HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review
in Journal of the International AIDS Society
pp. 18586Full Text UEA Repository
Pregnancy in HIV Clinical Trials in Sub Saharan Africa: Failure of Consent or Contraception?
in PLoS ONE
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Inequality in Health Status Among Older Adults in Africa: The Surprising Impact of Anti-Retroviral Treatment
in Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
pp. 491-493Full Text UEA Repository
Caregiving responsibilities and burden among older people by HIV status and other determinants in Uganda
in AIDS Care
pp. 1341-1348Full Text UEA Repository
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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 Development; Gender and Development; Health Policy and Practice; HIV and Development Group;
Social Protection and Mobile Livelihoods
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.
Chair of the international Development Research Ethics Committee of UEA.