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Dr Karolina Kuberska

Research Associate

Karolina is a medical anthropologist specialising in understandings of health and well-being.

Recognising the value of qualitative studies that privilege individual people’s experiences, she is committed to interdisciplinary research that is able to impact lives in meaningful ways. Karolina’s background is in social anthropology and cognitive linguistics. In 2016, she received a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. Her doctoral research project looked at postnatal health of Andean migrant women in a lowland Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Research Interests

The core of Karolina’s research interests and expertise falls within the scope of medical anthropology, with a specific focus on understandings of health, wellbeing, and healthcare. Her work in Bolivia focused on the frictions between traditional and biomedical notions in the context of broader socio-politico-economic trends affecting existing plural healthcare pathways. Before joining THIS Institute, Karolina was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham where she worked in a multidisciplinary research team on an ESRC-funded project Death before Birth that explored socio-legal intersections of decision-making processes in the experiences of miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth.

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