Dr Georgina  Pearson

Dr Georgina Pearson

LSE Fellow

Department of International Development

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Georgina Pearson is an LSE Fellow in the Department of International Development of the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She teaches on International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies consultancy programme (DV453) and supports the DV410 Dissertation course.  She has previously taught on Global Health and Development (DV421) and African Development (DV418).

Georgina’s research investigates global health priorities from an interdisciplinary, biosocial perspective. Her main research interests include: methods and ethics in health research; local understandings of health, illness, disease and public health interventions; Uganda; fisherfolk; neglected diseases and their control.  Georgina’s PhD, Global health, local realities: neglected diseases in northwestern Uganda, was based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork and epidemiological study exploring everyday realities of neglected diseases (schistosomiasis, Buruli ulcer and hepatitis) among fishermen and women. 

Georgina has an undergraduate medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Birmingham, a Masters in Medical Anthropology from Brunel University and a PhD in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She has Diplomate Membership of the UK Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians, and is also a Clinical Teaching Fellow in Public Health at St George’s, University of London. 

Selected publications


  • Georgina Pearson. (2016) Low prevalence of intestinal schistosomiasis among fisherfolk living along the River Nile in northwestern Uganda: a biosocial investigation. Journal of Biosocial Science, 48(S1), S74-S91.

  • Georgina Pearson, Caroline Barratt, Janet Seeley, Ali Ssetaala, Georgina Nabbagala & Gershim Asiki. (2013) Making a livelihood at the fish-landing site: exploring the pursuit of economic independence amongst Ugandan women, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 7:4, 751-765

  • Melissa Parker, Tim Allen, Georgina Pearson, Nicola Peach, Rachel Flynn & Nicholas Rees. (2012) Border parasites: schistosomiasis control among Uganda's fisherfolk, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 6:1, 98-123

Book reviews

  • Georgina Pearson (2017), Book Review: Graboyes, Melissa. (2015) The Experiment Must Continue: Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940-2014. Ohio University Press: Athens, Ohio. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 55:1, 170-171.

  • Georgina Pearson (2013), Book Review: Dew, Kevin. (2012) The cult and science of public health: a sociological investigation. Berghahn Books: New York, Oxford. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 19:2, 422-423.