Freeman, Emily

Dr Emily Freeman  


Position held

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow


Assistant Professorial Research Fellow


Experience keywords:

HIV/AIDS; Long term social care; Research communication; Research impact; abortion; ageing; demography; gender identity; global health; health communication; identity; inequity; older people; qualitative research methodology; sexual health; sociology of health

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An anthropological demographer focused on ageing and sexual and reproductive health, and the way in which they shape and are shaped by social institutions and processes. Dr Freeman's research includes long term social care in Africa, sexual behaviour and HIV/AIDS in older age, sexual health (including abortion), sexual partnerships and fertility intentions.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture; Healthcare; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Africa; Asia; China; Malawi; South Africa; Taiwan; UK; Zambia

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

020 7106 1422



Freeman, Emily and Knapp, Martin and Somani, Ami (2017) Long-term care organization and financing In: Quah, Stella R., (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Academic Press, Oxford, UK, 469-476. ISBN 9780128037089


Freeman, Emily and Coast, Ernestina (2016) How to evidence research impact. In: LSE Funding Information Day, 18 Oct 2016, London, UK

Freeman, Emily and Coast, Ernestina and Vwalika, Bellington (2016) Understanding conscientious objection to abortion in Zambia. In: Abortion research to Policy Conference, 29th November – 2nd December, 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Coast, Ernestina and Freeman, Emily (2016) Reproductive and sexual behaviour and health In: Champion, Tony and Falkingham, Jane, (eds.) Population Change in the United Kingdom. Rowman & Littlefield, London, UK, 167-192. ISBN 9781783485918

Coast, Ernestina and Freeman, Emily (2016) Critical conjunctions: abortion laws and policies in Malawi and Zambia. In: Abortion research to Policy Conference, 29th November – 2nd December, 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Freeman, Emily and Kohler, Hans-Peter (2016) The state of Malawi’s older population. In: Frontiers of Longitudinal Research in Malawi: Informing Health and Family Policies after the Peak of the AIDS Epidemic Conference, 10-11 Mar 2016, Blantyre, Malawi

Freeman, Emily and Coast, Ernestina (2016) Maximising research uptake and impact of work on unsafe abortion in Zambia. In: Lessons from a Decade’s Research on Poverty: Innovation, Engagement and Impact Conference, 16-18 Mar 2016, Pretoria, South Africa

Coast, Ernestina and Freeman, Emily and Leone, Tiziana (2016) Medication abortion in Zambia: trajectories, costs and healthcare provider perspectives. In: Medication Abortion: Availability and use, and impact on abortion safety and women’s health, 6-8 July 2016, Dakar, Senegal

Freeman, Emily (2016) Neither “foolish” nor “finished”: identity control among older adults with HIV in rural Malawi Sociology of Health and Illness. ISSN 0141-9889

Freeman, Emily (2016) Care and identity in rural Malawi In: Hoffman, Jaco and Pype, Katrien, (eds.) Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa: Spaces and Practices of Care. Ageing in a Global Context. Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 115-136. ISBN 978-1447325253

Freeman, Emily (2016) Understanding HIV-related stigma in older age in rural Malawi Social Science and Medicine, 164. 35-43. ISSN 0277-9536


Coast, Ernestina and Freeman, Emily (2015) Lack of awareness of Zambia’s abortion law leads to unsafe practices Africa at LSE Blog (5 Oct 2015) Blog entry

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 Vwalika, Bellington and Leone, Tiziana and Murray, Susan and Freeman, Emily (2015) Induced abortion in Zambia: a comparative mixed methods analysis of women seeking safe abortion with those seeking postabortion care after an unsafe abortion. In: XXI FIGO World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 4 -9 October 2015, Vancouver, Canada


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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