Dr Annalise Weckesser


Senior Research Fellow

0121 331 7154

Annalise came to the UK in 2007 from Canada to undertake doctoral studies in Medical Anthropology at the University of Warwick's School of Health and Social Studies, where she was a Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellow. 

From 2009 to 2011, with funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, she undertook fieldwork on gendered care networks in the rural South Africa and the context of catastrophic illness for her PhD dissertation, Girls, Gifts and Gender: An ethnography of the materiality of care in rural Mpumalanda, South Africa.

Annalise joined Birmingham City University's Centre Social Care and Health Related Research in 2012 to undertake qualitative health research on gender and reproductive health. She co-leads the Family, Gender and Health Research Cluster with Gemma Williams, founded and leads The VQ Collective (a women’s (sexual) health public engagement initiative) with Dr Keeley Abbott, and leads (REF) Impact for the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Science UoA3 (Allied Health Professionals).  

Annalise has been invited to speak about her work to academic and public audiences. Talks include ‘The Vagina Dialogues: Challenging Stigmas around Menstruation, Menopause and Female Sexuality’ for Oxford’s Evidence-Based Health Care series (available as a podcast),  as well as similar talks for the Pint of Science series, the Fawcett Society and Plan International UK’s Let’s Talk.Period project.

Her research and public engagement work have been highlighted in the press, including in The New Statesmen (Caroline Criado-Perez’s article ‘Why the “Gender Data Gap” Means Doctors Don’t Take Women’s Pain Seriously’) and The Independent (Lucy Pasha-Robin’s article ‘Endometriosis: Millions of Women Suffering from Chronic Lack of Research’).

Current Activity
Areas of Expertise
Postgraduate Supervision
Media Work