School of Social and Political Science

Janet Perkins

Job Title

PhD student

Research interests

Research interests

Policy construction, Human rights, Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health, International development, Medical Anthropology, Bangladesh, Gender and Development, organizations and institutions, Reproductive rights, Reproductive Health, Childbearing, Global Health Policy


Research synopsis

My research focuses on maternal health in Bangladesh. It explores the constitution of the maternal health terrain in Bangladesh, investigating how competitive and co-constitutive relationships between public, private, development, and informal actors, along with their associated logics, shape the maternal health service terrain in Bangladesh's sub-national peripheries and how women navigate this volatile landscape as pregnant and childbearing subjects. It also investigates connections and disjunctures between global and national maternal health policy and programming and local realities.



2019-2020 Tweedie Exploration Fellowship recipient

Publications (Selected)

Conference Presentations (Selected)

  • Unmapping a ‘system’: Biomedical maternal health service delivery in Bangladesh. RAIMed2022: Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology. Jan 18-21, 2022.
  • Advancing person-centered maternal and newborn health care through birth preparedness and complication readiness in Netrokona, Bangladesh10th Geneva Conference on Person-centered Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland; May 7-10, 2017
  • Challenges and solutions in collaboration between non-governmental implementing organizations and local research institutions in developing countries 9th European Congress for Tropical Medicine and International Health Basel, Switzerland; Sept, 2015
  • Integrating community participation in maternal and newborn health services in Burkina Faso Geneva Health Forum; Global Health: Interconnected Challenges, Integrated Solutions; April 2014
  • Complexities of top-down and bottom-up partnership building in Bangladesh and Burkina Faso Annual seminar of Be-Cause Health and Medicus Mundi International: Health-y Answers to Comple#ity: Are we able to move beyond the control panel? Brussels, Belgium, Nov 2013
  • A role for traditional birth attendants in promoting person-centered care for women in Netrokona district, Bangladesh 5th Geneva Conference on Person-centered Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland; April 2012

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