School of Social and Political Science

Dr Janet E. Perkins

Job Title

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Dr Janet Perkins

Room number

5.14

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LN

Research interests

Background

As a social anthropologist with a professional and academic background in both the social sciences and global health/international development, my research brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the social and cultural dimensions of health and biomedical technologies, particularly in the areas of pregnancy and childbirth, child health care, poisoning diagnosis and treatment, and global health practice. My current strands of research explore the commodification of maternal health services and biomedical technologies in peri-urban and rural Bangladesh, the social lives of point-of-care tests, and acute methanol and pesticide poisoning in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. My work primarily focuses on South Asia, and I have collaborated in research and health programmes in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In addition, I have worked on health programming in Burkina Faso and Haiti. Outside of academia, I spent nearly a decade working in global health programming and policy in the non-profit sector and with the World Health Organization.

Awards 

2023-2023 UKRI Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship

2019-2020 Tweedie Exploration Fellowship

Recent publications 

Perkins, J.E. (2024) ‘“Beware of dalals": a moral world of health market brokerage in Bangladesh’. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI).

Perkins. J.E. (2023) ‘Fleshy entanglements in development aspirations: Birth position as a site of contestation in Bangladesh’, Medicine Anthropology Theory, 10(1), 1-27. https://doi.org/10.17157/mat.10.1.7303

Perkins, J.E. (2023) ‘Achieving medical maternal health desires through dhora-dhori in Bangladesh’, Journal of the British Academy special issue on ‘Locating Trust: An Interdisciplinary Exploration’. https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s6.031   

Banik, G., Mazumder, T. Siddique, AB., Uddin, AFM A., El Arifeen, S., Perkins, J. , Rahman, AE. (2022) ‘Taking a pulse on community participation in maternal health through community clinics in Bangladesh’, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (3), 2271. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032271 

Rahman, AE., Ameen, S., Hossain, AT., Perkins, J., Jabeen, S., Majid,T., Uddin, AFM A.,  Haque, MD.,  Islam, MS., Islam, MJ., Ashrafee, S., Alam, HMS., Saberin, A., Ahmed, S., Banik,G., Kabir, ANM E., Ahmed, A., Chisti, MJ., Cunningham, S., Dockrell, DH., Nair, H., El Arifeen, S., Campbell, H. (2022) ‘Introducing pulse oximetry for outpatient management of childhood pneumonia: An implementation research adopting a district implementation model in selected rural facilities in Bangladesh’, Lancet eClinical Medicine,50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101511

Rahman, AE., Perkins, JE., Hossain, AT., Banik, G., Jabeen, S., Wall, S., El Arifeen, S. (2022) ‘Unpacking caesarean in rural Bangladesh: Who, what, when and where’, Birth, 49 (4), p.709-718. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12636

Rahman, AE., Perkins, JE., Salam, SS., Mhajabin, S., Hossain, AT., Mazumder, T., El Arifeen, S. (2020) ‘What do women want? An analysis of preferences of women, involvement of men, and decision-making in maternal and newborn health care in rural Bangladesh’, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20, 169. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-020-2854-x 2020

Perkins, JE., Rahman, AE., Mhajabin, S., Siddique, AB., Mazumder, T., Haider, MR., El Arifeen, S.(2019). ‘Humanized childbirth: The status of emotional support of women during birth in rural Bangladesh’, Reproductive Health Matters, 27 (1). https://doi.org/10.1080/26410397.2019.1610277 

Perkins, JE., Rahman, AE., Siddique, AB., Mazumder, T., Haider, MR., El Arifeen, S. (2019) ‘Awareness and perceptions of women regarding rights related to maternal health in rural Bangladesh’, Journal of Global Health, 9 (1):010415. https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.09.010415

Rahman, AE., Perkins, J., Mazumder, T., Haider, MR., Siddique, AB., Capello, C., Santarelli, C., El Arifeen, S. (2019) ‘Capacities of women and men to improve maternal and newborn health: Effect of a community-based intervention package in rural Bangladesh’, Journal of Global Health, 9 (1): 010413. https://doi.org/ 10.7189/jogh.09.010413

Siddique, AB., Perkins, J., Mazumder, T., Haider, R., Banik, G., Tahsina, T., El Arifeen, S., Rahman, AE. (2018). ‘Antenatal Care in Rural Bangladesh: Gaps in adequate coverage and content,’ PLoS ONE, 13(11). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0205149 

Perkins, JE ., Rahman, AE., Siddique, AB., Haider, MR., Banik, G., Tahsina, T., El Arifeen, S. (2018) ‘Opting for home birth in rural Bangladesh: an assessment of rates and reasons,’ Birth, 00:1–9. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12404 .

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Perkins J, Nelson S, Birley E, Dozier M, McCarthy A, Atkins N et al. Is qualitative social research in global health fulfilling its potential? A systematic evidence mapping of research on point-of-care testing in low- and middle-income contexts. BMC Health Services Research. 2024 Feb 7;24(1):1-13. 172. doi: 10.1186/s12913-024-10645-5
Perkins JE. 'Beware of dalals': A moral world of health market brokerage in Bangladesh. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2024 Feb 5;1-19. Epub 2024 Feb 5. doi: 10.1111/1467-9655.14101
Perkins JE. A “technical approach”? An ethnographic exploration of menstrual regulation as pregnancy termination in Bangladesh. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 2024 Jan 25.
Perkins JE. ‘You have to do some dhora-dhori’: Achieving medical maternal health expectations through trust as social practice in Bangladesh. Journal of the British Academy. 2023 Dec 19;11:31-48. doi: 10.5871/jba/011s6.031
Perkins JE. Fleshy entanglements in development aspirations: Birth position as a site of contestation in Bangladesh. Medicine Anthropology Theory. 2023 Apr 26;10(1):1-27. doi: 10.17157/mat.10.1.7303
Banik G, Mazumder T, Siddique AB, Uddin AFMA, Arifeen SE, Perkins J et al. Taking a pulse on community participation in maternal health through community clinics in Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023 Jan 27;20(3):1-17. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20032271
Rahman AE, Perkins J, Hossain AT, Banik G, Jabeen S, Wall S et al. Unpacking cesarean in rural Bangladesh: Who, what, when, and where. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. 2022 Dec;49(4):709-718. Epub 2022 Mar 28. doi: 10.1111/birt.12636
Rahman AE, Ameen S, Hossain AT, Perkins J, Jabeen S, Majid T et al. Introducing pulse oximetry for outpatient management of childhood pneumonia: An implementation research adopting a district implementation model in selected rural facilities in Bangladesh. EClinicalMedicine. 2022 Jun 28;50:101511. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101511
Rahman AE, Perkins J, Salam SS, Mhajabin S, Hossain AT, Mazumder T et al. What do women want? An analysis of preferences of women, involvement of men, and decision-making in maternal and newborn health care in rural Bangladesh. BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 2020 Mar 18;20(1):1-12. 169. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-2854-x
Perkins JE, Rahman AE, Siddique AB, Mazumder T, Haider MR, El Arifeen S. Awareness and perceptions of women regarding human rights related to maternal health in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Global Health. 2019 Jun 15;9(1):1-13. doi: 10.7189/JOGH.09.010415
Perkins JE, Rahman AE, Siddique AB, Haider MR, Banik G, Tahsina T et al. Opting for home birth in rural Bangladesh: An assessment of the current status and reasons. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. 2019 Jun;46(2):362-370. Epub 2018 Oct 31. doi: 10.1111/birt.12404
Rahman AE, Perkins J, Mazumder T, Haider MR, Siddique AB, Capello C et al. Capacities of women and men to improve maternal and newborn health: Effect of a community-based intervention package in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Global Health. 2019 Jan 4;9(1):1-16. doi: 10.7189/jogh.09.010413
Siddique AB, Perkins J, Mazumder T, Haider MR, Banik G, Tahsina T et al. Antenatal care in rural Bangladesh: Gaps in adequate coverage and content. PLoS ONE. 2018 Nov 19;13(11):1-20. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205149
Rahman AE, Perkins J, Islam S, Siddique AB, Moinuddin M, Anwar MR et al. Knowledge and involvement of husbands in maternal and newborn health in rural Bangladesh. BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 2018 Jun 18;18:1-12. 247. doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-1882-2
Islam S, Perkins J, Siddique MB, Mazumder T, Haider MR, Rahman MM et al. Birth preparedness and complication readiness among women and couples and its association with skilled birth attendance in rural Bangladesh. PLoS ONE. 2018 Jun 7;13(6):1-15. e0197693. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197693
Mazumder T, Rahman AE, Hoque E, Mahmud A, Siddique AB, Rahman M et al. Advancing person-centered maternal and newborn health care through birth preparedness and complication readiness in rural Bangladesh. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. 2018 Jan 26;7(2):107-117. doi: 10.5750/ijpcm.v7i2.639
Perkins J, Capello C, Vilgrain C, Groth L, Billoir H, Santarelli C. Determinants of low maternal and newborn health service utilization in Haiti. Journal of Women's Health, Issues and Care. 2017 Feb 21;6(1). doi: 10.4172/2325-9795.1000258
Perkins J, Capello C, Maiga AB, Matié Y, Eggertswyler A, Santarelli C. The role of men in improving maternal and newborn health in Burkina Faso. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. 2016 Oct 26;6(3):180-184. doi: 10.5750/ijpcm.v6i3.595
Perkins J, Capello C, Bargo A, Santarelli C. Shared decision-making in maternal and newborn health in Burkina Faso. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. 2015 Nov 9;5(2):68-73. doi: 10.5750/ijpcm.v5i2.526
Taleb F, Perkins J, Ali NA, Capello C, Ali M, Santarelli C et al. Transforming maternal and newborn health social norms and practices to increase utilization of health services in rural Bangladesh: A qualitative review. BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 2015 Mar 29;15(75):1-11. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0501-8
Perkins J, Bargo A, Capello C, Santarelli C. Training health workers to provide person-centred maternal and newborn health care in Burkina Faso. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. 2013 Dec 12;3(2):154-159. doi: 10.5750/ijpcm.v3i2.405