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Research interests

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 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 Associate 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 during the West African Ebola outbreak, I am also interested in the possibilities and tensions at the interface between social science and global health. I currently hold an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship for a project entitled States of Emergency: Citizenship in Crisis in Sierra Leone. The project explores 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.

Education/Academic qualification

International Development, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

External positions

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

Jun 2017 → …

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Projects 2016 2018

state of emergency
Sierra Leone
citizenship
leader
citizen

Research Output 2012 2018

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)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Sierra Leone
violence
labor
civil war
politics
5 Citations

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, 1140

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sierra Leone
Vaccines
Social Sciences
Clinical Trials
Communication

“We are the heroes because we are ready to die for this country”: Participants’ Decision-making and “Grounded Ethics” in an Ebola vaccine clinical trial. Participants’ Decision-making and “Grounded Ethics” in an Ebola vaccine clinical trial.

Tengbeh, A. F., Enria, L., Smout, E., Mooney, T., Callaghan, M., Ishola, D., Leigh, B., Watson-Jones, D., Greenwood, B., Larson, H. & Lees, S. 1 Apr 2018 In : Social Science and Medicine. 203, p. 35-42

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ebola Vaccines
Social Sciences
Ethics
Research Ethics
Decision Making

What Crisis Produces: Dangerous Bodies, Ebola Heroes and Resistance in Sierra Leone

Enria, L. Jul 2017 Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath, (Centre for Development Studies Working Papers; no. 2017/53)

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
3 Citations
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Sierra Leone
political economy
violence
love
reciprocity