Uli Beisel

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Uli holds a Diplom in Psychology and Sociology from Bremen University, Germany (2005), an MA in Environment, Culture and Society from Lancaster University, United Kingdom (2006, distinction), and a PhD in Human Geography from The Open University, United Kingdom (2010). She has worked as Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow with the Anthropologies of African Biosciences group (Prof. P. Wenzel Geissler) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom (2010-2011) and as DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow at the Law, Organisation, Science and Technology LOST group (Prof. Richard Rottenburg) at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany (2012). From 2012-2014 Uli joined The Environment Centre at Lancaster University, United Kingdom, as Lecturer in Human Geography. In 2014 she moved to the anthropology department at Bayreuth University. Uli held two visiting fellowships with the Brocher Foundation in Hermance, Switzerland, in 2010 and 2013. Uli is Associate Editor of the journal Science as Culture (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/csac20 ) as well as co-founder and co-editor of the Open Access book publisher Mattering Press (http://www.matteringpress.org ). She currently contributes to 2017 report Rethinking Society of the International Panel on Social Progress (http://www.ipsp.org ).

Current position
Professor of Human Geography
University affiliation
Free University of Berlin


Uli’s work is inspired by feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies, medical, environmental and multispecies anthropology and geography. She has worked on human-mosquito-parasite entanglements in malaria control in Ghana and Sierra Leone, and continues to be fascinated by boundary practices between human and nonhuman organisms, as well as their possibilities of coexistence. Her research is guided by the question of how we might live well with organisms and substances that are harmful to human health. In this context she is interested in mutating mosquitoes and resistant parasites; zoonotic diseases; insecticides and pesticides; global health technologies, infrastructures and their crises; diagnosing and testing; geographies of ignorance; and the shifting landscapes of energy and waste in sub-Saharan Africa. Uli is currently principal investigator in two DFG-funded research projects: (1) “Translating Global Health Technologies: Standardisation and organisational learning in health care provision in Uganda and Rwanda“ (2015-2018, Co-PI: Prof. Richard Rottenburg (University Halle-Wittenberg) http://www.spp1448.de/projects/translating-global-health-technologies ); and (2) „Trust in medicine after the EVD epidemic: Street-level health bureaucrats, the institutionalization of care, and the creation of preparedness in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Ghana“ (2016-2019, Co-PIs: Dr. Sung-Joon Park (University Halle-Wittenberg), Dr. Grace Akello-Ayebare (Gulu University), Dr. John Kuumuori Ganle (University of Ghana), Esther Yei Mokuwa (Njala University), Dr. Sylvanus Spencer (University of Sierra Leone).


  • Richards, Paul, Esther Mokuwa, Harro Maat, Pleun Welmers and Uli Beisel (2019) "Trust, and distrust, of Ebola Treatment Centers: A case-study from Sierra Leone." in PLoS One 14 (12): e0224511. → https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0224511
  • Beisel, Uli and Grace Akello (2019) "Challenges, distrust, and understanding: Employing communicative action in improving trust in a Public Medical Sector in Uganda." in SAGE Open 9 (4): 1-10. → https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2158244019893705
  • Beisel, Uli and John Kuumuori Ganle (2019) "The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Burkina Faso: Bioeconomy of science, public engagement and trust in medicine." in African Studies Review 62 (3): 164-173. → https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/african-studies-review/article/release-of-genetically-engineered-mosquitoes-in-burkina-faso-bioeconomy-of-science-public-engagement-and-trust-in-medicine/8F5539854B8880C2894EABAA386D38E0
  • Beisel, Uli (2019) "What might we learn from ANT for studying healthcare issues in the majority world, and what might ANT learn in turn?" in The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory , edited by Anders Blok, Ignacio Farias and Celia Roberts, 246-255. London: Routledge.
  • Beisel, Uli, Sandra Calkins, and Richard Rottenburg (2018) "Divining, testing, and the problem of accountability." in HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 8 (1/2): 109–113. → https://lost-research-group.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Beisel-2018.pdf
  • Umlauf, René, Dieter Neubert and Uli Beisel (2017) "Innovationen in afrikanischen Gesundheitssystemen: Die Einführung von diagnostischen Schnelltests in der Malariakontrolle." in Spektrum, Hochschulschrift der Universität Bayreuth.
  • Liggins, Arlena S. and Uli Beisel (2017) "Translating the glucometer – from 'Western' markets to Uganda: Glucometer graveyards, missing testing strips and the difficulties of patient care." in World Politics in Translation: Power, Relationality and Difference in Global Cooperation , edited by Tobias Berger and Alejandro Esguerra, 59–75. London, New York: Routledge.
  • Beisel, Uli, René Umlauf, Eleanor Hutchinson, and Clare I. R. Chandler (2016) "The complexities of simple technologies: Re-imagining the role of rapid diagnostic tests in Malaria control efforts." in Malaria Journal 15 (1): 64.
  • Umlauf, René and Uli Beisel (2016) "Translating Global Health Technologies: Diagnostic Spaces between Standardization and Adaptation in Uganda’s Malaria Control Program." in Working Papers of the Priority Programme 1448 of the German Research Foundation Nr. 20, Leipzig and Halle.https://lost-research-group.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SPP1448_WP20_Umlauf_Beisel.pdf
  • Beisel, Uli (2015) "The blue warriors: Science, public health and democracy in Malaria control experiments in Ghana." in Para-states and medical science: Making African global health , edited by Paul Wenzel Geissler, 281-302. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Beisel, Uli (2015) "Markets and mutations: Mosquito nets and the politics of disentanglement in global health." in Geoforum 66: 146-155.
  • Boëte, Christophe, Uli Beisel, Luísa Reis Castro, Nicolas Césard, and R Guy Reeves (2015) "Engaging scientists: An online survey exploring the experience of innovative biotechnological apporaches to controlling vector-borne diseases." in Parasites & Vectors 8 (1): 414.
  • Beisel, Uli (2014) "On gloves, rubber and the spatio-temporal logics of global health." in Somatosphere.http://somatosphere/2014/10/rubber-gloves-global-health.html.
  • Beisel, Uli, and Hansjörg Dilger (2014) "Die Ebolakrise aus Sicht der Medizinethnologie: Von Misstrauen zu lokal angepasster Patientenversorgung." in Medizinethnologie: Körper, Gesundheit und Heilung in einer globalisierten Welt, December 10. → http://www.medizinethnologie.net/ebolakrise-aus-sicht-der-medizinethnologie/
  • Ginn, Franklin, Uli Beisel, and Maan Barua (2014) "Flourishing with awkward creatures: Togetherness, vulnerability, killing." in Environmental Humanities 4: 133-123.