Dr Grace Akello is currently an Associate Professor, Coordinator of a pioneer Master of Medical Anthropology Programme in East and Central Africa and a UKRI college member.
She was a Ruth Glass Fellow with residency at the London School of Economics and Political Science in March –June 2018. Her training in Medical Anthropology were in the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University, in The Netherlands - where she was a NUFFIC and WOTRO fellow respectively. Since 2012, she was appointed a Research Fellow at the African Studies Centre in Leiden University. Her main research interests include how young people in complex emergencies and the context of HIV/AIDS identify, prioritise and manage their health complaints. In this regard, she has published many articles and book chapters focusing on former child soldiers, silencing of distressed children in the context of war as a coping mechanism, The oughtness of care during EVD epidemic, challenges in a defective medical system and how to restore trust among FRHWs and the impact of amnesty on reintegration of ex-combatants. Her book, Wartime children's suffering and quest for therapy in northern Uganda was awarded a PhD premium by the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, in the academic year 2008/2009.