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I joined the University of Bath in September 2016. Prior to joining I was a Research Fellow with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) based in Kambia, Northern Sierra Leone, carrying out ethnographic research during and after the Ebola outbreak studying community experiences and perceptions of the epidemic and biomedical interventions. I hold a PhD in International Development from the University of Oxford, where I focused on unemployment and political violence amongst young people in post-war Sierra Leone. I am also a Research Affiliate at the Oxford School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.

The ultimate aim of my research is to produce ethnographic accounts of how people experience, engage with and resist development and humanitarian interventions in their daily lives. I take inspiration from political anthropology in my focus on how ordinary citizens experience and imagine the state, with a particular focus on Sierra Leone. Informed by my research on the West African Ebola outbreak, I am also interested in the possibilities and tensions at the interface between social science and global health. In 2016-18 I held an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship for a project entitled States of Emergency: Citizenship in Crisis in Sierra Leone. The project explored how crisis shapes the meaning and practices of citizenship, focusing on young Sierra Leoneans’ experiences of state emergency regulations have influenced their relations to the state and political imagination. Currently, I also lead on the Sierra Leone case study of the Anthropology of Emergency Vaccine Deployment Study (AVID) with LSHTM and Anthrologica, alongside other collaborations focused on integrating social science in emergency preparedness and humanitarian interventions.

Education/Academic qualification

International Development, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

External positions

Research Affiliate (School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography), University of Oxford

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The Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone: Mediating Containment and Engagement in Humanitarian Emergencies

Enria, L., 1 Nov 2019, In : Development and Change. 50, 6, p. 1602-1623 22 p.

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Open Access

The Politics of Work in a Post-Conflict State: Youth, Labour and Violence in Sierra Leone

Enria, L., 20 Jul 2018, James Currey. 278 p. (Western Africa Series)

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  • Open Access
  • Love and Betrayal: The Political Economy of Youth Violence in Post-War Sierra Leone

    Enria, L., 1 Dec 2015, In : The Journal of Modern African Studies. 53, 4, p. 637-660 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
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    Power, fairness and trust: understanding and engaging with vaccine trial participants and communities in the setting up the EBOVAC-Salone vaccine trial in Sierra Leone

    Enria, L., Lees, S., Smout, E., Mooney, T., Tengbeh, A. F., Leigh, B., Greenwood, B., Watson-Jones, D. & Larson, H., 8 Nov 2016, In : BMC Public Health. 16, p. 1-10 10 p., 1140.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 27 Citations (Scopus)


    Political Reforms, Local Elites and Power: A Study of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan

    Author: Shah, A., 28 Jul 2018

    Supervisor: Devine, J. (Supervisor) & Enria, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD