School of Social and Political Science

Dr Gladys Kostyrka

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Research Fellow

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Chisholm House

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High School Yards

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Research interests

Research interests

  • Philosophy and history of the life sciences
  • Social, philosophical and historical studies of health and disease
  • Transdisciplinarity in Epidemiology: biomedical, social and human sciences
  • Anthropology and psychiatry


Philosopher and historian of the biological and medical sciences, her research first focused on viruses, controversies about their nature, the definition and origin of life (PhD dissertation, IHPST, Paris 1 University). As a post-doctorate scholar at the School of Social and Political Science (Edinburgh University), she investigates the various forms and challenges of transdisciplinarity in epidemiology throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, taking as a starting point the integration of anthropological approaches in the responses to Ebola epidemics from the 1970s until today.