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Professor Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil

Professor Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil

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Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil


Associate Professor

  • Head of Social Science and Implementation Research Group

Social and Behavioural Research

Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil, PhD, is the head of Social Science and Implementation Research at Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Jennifer’s expertise is in Medical Anthropology and she is broadly concerned with the relationships between global health interventions, politics, and practice. Her main research interests include the ethnography of biomedicine, infectious diseases, global health, and social theory. Jennifer worked on related research in Rwanda from 2009 until early 2018 and has been working in Vietnam at OUCRU since April 2018.

Current research includes exploring the socio-cultural contexts of access to care and treatment for infectious diseases in Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam; community-based participatory research related to hepatitis C care seeking for underserved groups in Vietnam; community attitudes and practices regarding antibiotic use in northern Vietnam; ethnographic studies on perceptions of death and dying in Vietnam; and research on the ethical challenges of conducting clinical trials and studies in low and middle income countries.

Prior to joining OUCRU, Jennifer worked with multiple non-governmental organizations (both national and international) in Rwanda. Past work includes ethnographic research with members of HIV support associations in Rwanda, acceptability research within clinical trials regarding women’s health interventions in Kigali, Rwanda, and qualitative research regarding care and treatment seeking pathways for people with hepatitis C in Rwanda.