Dr Doreen Montag

Doreen Montag

Research Affiliate

Dr Doreen Montag is a Research Affiliate with a long-term experience among indigenous and non-indigenous people in rural and urban areas of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon.  She received her DPhil in Anthropology from Oxford University. Her doctoral research, which was funded by the Radcliff-Brown Trust of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the Bamborough Fund, the Linacre Trust Fund and the Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund from the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University, is an ethnography of fever in the Peruvian Amazon. It focuses on how historical factors, embodied biopolitics, current environmental degradation and increase in emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases impacts upon urban Shipibo-Konibo people’s experiences of fever.

Dr Montag’s first book Gesundheit und Krankheit im Urubamba-Tal / Peru, draws upon in-depth ethnographic research between 1996 and 2000 on political economic approaches to health care seeking in the district of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Her comparative analysis of different stake holders’ experiences with Urubambinian medicine and biomedicine emphasises the complexity around medicine as a secondary resource in a civil war affected setting.

In the last years, Dr Montag’s  work has focused on the politics of clinical trials in the Peruvian Amazon, political economy and experiences of the H1N1 pandemic in Mexico, analysis of public policy, particularly the intercultural interventions to decrease maternal mortality among indigenous women in Mexico, and the Yasuní-ITT Initiative from a global health perspective. Recently, she has been conducting research on health centred global environmental governance and health centred climate policy in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Dr Montag is currently working as a Non-Clinical Lecturer in Global Health at the Queen Mary University of London. She has previously worked as a Prometeo Researcher at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador and as a lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the Australian National University (ANU) where she established and convened the Master of Culture, Health and Medicine.

Selected publications:


2002. Montag, Doreen. Gesundheit und Krankheit im Urubamba-Tal / Peru. Die emische Kategorisierung von Krankheit als Determinante der Heilerwahl zwischen traditioneller und Biomedizei. (Health and Illness in the Urubamba Valley/Peru) Lit-Verlag, Münster. 122 pages.

Edited Books:

2005. Hsu, Elisabeth and Doreen Montag. Medical Anthropology in Europe: Teaching and Doctoral Research. Sean Kingston Publishing, Oxford. 111 pages

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