Dr Annalise Weckesser


Reader in Medical Anthropology

School of Education and Social Work
0121 331 7154

Annalise came to the UK in 2007 from Canada to undertake doctoral studies in Medical and Feminist Anthropology at the University of Warwick's School of Health and Social Studies. In her previous, pre-academic life, Annalise worked in community outreach in Toronto’s family resource centres (aka Sure Starts).

From 2009 to 2011, with funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Annalise 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.

She joined Birmingham City University's Centre Social Care and Health Related Research in 2012, where she had the good fortune of working with Professor Emeritus Elaine Denny on gendered chronic health (particularly endometriosis and epilepsy) experiences. Annalise now undertakes research on gendered experiences of reproductive, sexual, and menstrual health inequalities with the aim of shaping practice, policy, and public debate.

She co-founded and leads coordination of SEEN (Social SciencEs Endometriosis Network, formerly known as International Endometriosis Social Research Network), co-leads the Gender, Family and Health Research Cluster, leads Impact for the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Science UoA3 (Allied Health Professionals), and co-founded and co-leads The VQ Collective (a women’s sexual health public engagement initiative).  

Annalise speaks to a range of academic, practitioner, government, and public audiences. Public talks include ‘The Role of Social Endometriosis Research in Addressing and Health Inequalities’ and ‘Vagina Dialogues: Challenging Stigma around Menstruation, Menopause and Female Sexuality’ for Oxford’s Evidence-Based Health Care series (both available as a podcasts)  and talks for Pint of Science, the Fawcett Society, and Bloody Good Period’s Menstrual Activism International Network.

She publishes on endometriosis and gender biases in health for The Conversation. Her media engagement work includes the BBC educational video ‘C-Section Guilt: I felt like I’d failed’, 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 (‘Endometriosis: Millions of Women Suffering from Chronic Lack of Research’).

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Postgraduate Supervision
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