Dr Lioba Hirsch

Lecturer - Wellcome Research Fellow Geography and Planning


Personal Statement

I am a qualitative and archival researcher with an interest in the colonial and antiblack entanglements of Western biomedicine and global health management. My research has focused on the historical development, contemporary management and colonial aftermath of British health interventions in West Africa. My PhD thesis (UCL Geography & Institute for Global Health) analysed the British-led international Ebola response in Sierra Leone in the wake of British colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.

My work is situated at the intersection of health & development geographies, Black Studies and colonial history. I also do critical work on humanitarianism, medicine and racism.

I have a BA in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris and an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). After completing my MSc I joined the field of international development by working for GIZ, the German government's international development agency in Zambia (2014-15) on a project seeking to strengthen Zambian civil society organisations. Between late 2015 and 2019 I worked towards a PhD at UCL's Department of Geography and Institute for Global Health. From November 2019 to May 2021 I was a Reearch Fellow in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). At LSHTM I was the sole researcher on a project exploring the School's colonial history.