School of Social and Political Science

Dr Lioba Hirsch

Job Title

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

A photo of me outdoors. I am wearing a light blue cardigan and a black rain jacket. My hair is open and I am smiling at the camera.

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15 George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary qualitative and archival researcher interested in antiblackness and colonialism in global and domestic health, with a background in health geography, historical and ethnographic methods. My specific interest lies in the relation between place, disease and antiblackness in and in relation to West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone.

Current and recent research projects have focused on the colonial politics of global health events, such as the 2014-16 EVD outbreak in West Africa and global health institutions, such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Médecins sans Frontières.


After completing a PhD in Geography and Global Health at UCL, I worked as aresearch fellow in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where I researched the School's colonial history. In 2021 I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science for my research project 'Care, infrastructure and antiblackness: the making of biomedicine in a Sierra Leonean Hospital' 2021 - 2024. Between 2021 and 2023 I worked as a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool.

Apart from my research work I have extensive experience of contributing to institutional DEI processes. A lot of my perspectives draw on my background as a development worker in Zambia (2013 - 2015).

Works within

Staff Hours and Guidance

I am on research leave until the end of November 2024 and working remotely.

Publications by user content

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Hirsch LA. Can I be seen? Birthing while Black. The Lancet. 2024 Feb 17;403(10427):608-609. Epub 2024 Feb 15. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(24)00264-2
Hirsch LA, Jones N. Incontestable: Imagining possibilities through intimate Black geographies. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2021 Dec;46(4):796-800. Epub 2021 Sept 16. doi: 10.1111/tran.12488
Hirsch L. On being moved: Black joy and mobilities in (extra)ordinary times. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2021 Dec;46(4):818-821. Epub 2021 Aug 25. doi: 10.1111/tran.12489
Télémanque N, Jones N, Hirsch L, Gayle R. Collage: Intimate Black geographies. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2021 Dec;46(4):801-803. Epub 2021 Sept 18. doi: 10.1111/tran.12494
Hommes F, Monzó HB, Ferrand RA, Harris M, Hirsch LA, Koum Besson E et al. The words we choose matter: Recognising the importance of language in decolonising global health. The Lancet Global Health. 2021 Jul 1;9(7):e897-e898. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00197-2
Hirsch LA. Is it possible to decolonise global health institutions? The Lancet. 2021 Jan 16;397(10270):189-190. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32763-X
Hirsch LA. Race and the spatialisation of risk during the 2013–2016 West African Ebola epidemic. Health and Place. 2021 Jan;67:102499. Epub 2020 Dec 26. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102499
Cranna V, Hirsch L. Decolonising the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's archives service. Archives and Records. 2021;42(3):248-265. Epub 2021 Oct 28. doi: 10.1080/23257962.2021.1993806
Hirsch L. Mental health, coloniality and fieldwork in the European university: A reflection in three challenges – Commentary to Taylor. Fennia. 2020 Dec;198(1-2):210-213. Epub 2020 Sept 17. doi: 10.11143/FENNIA.90763
Lawrence DS, Hirsch LA. Decolonising global health: Transnational research partnerships under the spotlight. International Health. 2020 Nov 1;12(6):518-523. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihaa073
Hirsch LA. In the wake: Interpreting care and global health through Black geographies. Area. 2020 Jun 1;52(2):314-321. Epub 2019 Jul 29. doi: 10.1111/area.12573