Freeman, Emily

Dr Emily Freeman  


Position held

Research Fellow


Non LSE positions held

University of Oxford



Experience keywords:

Africa; HIV/AIDS; ageing; anthropological demography; demography; developing countries; global health; older age; qualitative methods; reproductive health; role identity; sexual health; social identity; sociology of health

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I work on ageing and sexual and reproductive health, and the way in which they shape and are shaped by social institutions and processes.

My current research looks at older adults’ experiences of HIV/AIDS and experiences of growing old, particularly in southern and eastern Africa. It focuses on the challenges of HIV/AIDS and ageing to (role and social) identity and the consequences of that for self-concept and behaviour. I have a special interest in the contribution of multidisciplinary qualitative research to demographic understanding.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture; Healthcare; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Malawi; South Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; UK; Zambia

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)207 955 6159



Coast, Ernestina and Freeman, Emily (2015) Abortion in Zambia. In: LSE Research Festival 2015, 21 May 2015, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK


Coast, Ernestina and Norris, Alison and Moore, Ann and Freeman, Emily (2014) Trajectories to abortion and abortion-related care: a conceptual framework. In: International Seminar on Decision-making regarding abortion-determinants and consequences, 3-5 June, 2014, Nanyuki, Kenya

Freeman, Emily and Coast, Ernestina (2014) Sex in older age in rural Malawi Ageing and Society, 34 (7). 1118-1141. ISSN 0144-686X


Foster, Nena and Freeman, Emily (2013) Examining the notion of informed consent and lessons learned for increasing inclusion among marginalised research groups In: Taket, Ann and Crisp, Beth and Graham, Melissa and Hanna, Lisa and Goldingay, Sophie and Wilson, Linda, (eds.) Practising social inclusion. Routledge, Abingdon, GB, 217-227. ISBN 9780415531078


Freeman, Emily and Anglewicz, Philip (2012) HIV prevalence and sexual behaviour at older ages in rural Malawi International Journal of STD & AIDS, 23 (7). 490-496. ISSN 1758-1052


Freeman, Emily (2011) Sex that Gives and Takes: sexuality in older age in rural Malawi. In: British Society of Population Studies Annual Conference 2011, 7-9 September 2011, York

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Titmuss Prize for Best PhD Thesis 2012-2013

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