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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

Research Output 2012 2018

#SaloneDecides: Will new parties end Sierra Leone’s two-party dominance?

Enria, L. & Hitchen, J. 2018 African Arguments

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Open Access
Sierra Leone

Elective Affinities: Fragility and Injustice in the Field

Enria, L. 25 Apr 2018 The New Ethnographer

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Oxfam scandal: development work is built on inequality but that’s no reason to cut foreign aid

Enria, L. 12 Feb 2018 The Conversation

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Sierra Leone goes to the polls on March 7. Here are the 5 things you need to know

Enria, L. & Hitchen, J. 7 Feb 2018 Washington Post

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

“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

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Open Access
Ebola Vaccines
Social Sciences
Research Ethics
Decision Making