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Dr. Fiona Larkan

Assistant Prof/ Director of M.Sc Global (Public Health & Primary Care)


Dr Fiona Larkan is a Medical Anthropologist with a particular interest in the social aspects of HIV and Chronic Illness in Ireland and South Africa. Her PhD focused on Sexuality, Risk and Choice in middle class communities in South Africa and Ireland. Based at the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, as Director of the MSc Global Health, Fiona is also affiliated with the School of Public Health at University of the Western Cape in South Africa. A graduate of Maynooth University, she has conducted research amongst PLWHA in South Africa for over 12 years, most recently on a three-year ethnographic project, which looked at barriers to adherence to antiretroviral treatment. Her Irish-based research has included work with ME/CFS sufferers, and HIV risk amongst hard-to-reach populations. A committed educator, Fiona is also editor of the Irish Journal of Anthropology, and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. .
  Addiction and substance abuse   Chronic fatigue and related disorders   Development, prevention and treatment of mental disease or disorder   Health attitudes and behaviour   Health psychology   Health status and inequalities   HIV drug development   HIV opportunistic infections   HIV virology and pathogenesis   Infectious diseases   Malaria   Medical anthropology   Primary care   Public health   Sociological influences on health
 Understanding Barriers to Access and Adherence to antiretroviral treatment for HIV and AIDS in the Western Cape, South Africa.
 Overview of Services for Part-time Students at Six Higher Level Institutes
 Review of Services for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
 The Impact of HIV and AIDS on the teaching practices of staff members in the Education Faculty at UWC

Details Date
Invited External Examiner to MSc Global Health programmes at IIHD, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 2013 to date
Member of Steering Committee for Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) 2014 -
Member of Anthropological Association of Ireland committee 2010 to date
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Afrikaans Medium Medium Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Basic
German Basic Basic Basic
Zulu Basic Basic Basic
Details Date From Date To
Anthropological Association of Ireland 2003
American Anthropological Association 2005
European Association of Social Anthropologists 2010
Royal Anthropological Institute 2010
Larkan, F., Ryan, C. and Kevany, S., The Geopolitics of Ebola and Global Health Security: Why Anthropology Matters, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 18, (1), 2015, p9 - 14, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Larkan, F., Van Wyk, B., Stevens, P., Saris, A.J., Between the Clinic and the Community: Temporality and Patterns of ART Adherence in Western Cape Province of South Africa, African Sociological Review, 19, (2), 2015, p26 - 52, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Ferris France,, F., Macdonald, S., Conroy, R., Byrne, E., Mallouris, C., Hodgson, I., and Larkan, F., An unspoken world of unspoken things': A study identifying and exploring core beliefs underlying self-stigma among people living with HIV and AIDS in Ireland. , Swiss Medical Weekly, 145, (w14113), 2015, Notes: [doi: 10.4414/smw.2015.14113. eCollection 2015.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Mugambe, RK., Larkan, F. and Tumwesigye, NM, Access to and perceptions towards water, sanitation and hygiene: a case of HIV/AIDS affected and non-affected households in rural Uganda. , Journal of Public Health, 22, (1), 2014, p287 - 296, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Irish Journal of Anthropology, 16, 2, (2013), Fiona Larkan, [Editor], 4 years, Notes: [Anthropologists in the Public Sphere], Journal, PUBLISHED
Irish Journal of Anthropology, 16, 1, (2013), Larkan, Fiona, [Editor], 4 years, Notes: [Special Issue: 25 Years of Anthropology in Ireland], Journal, PUBLISHED
Mugambe, RK., Tumwesigye, NM., and Larkan, F., Barriers to accessing water, sanitation and hygiene among people living with HIV/AIDS in Gomba and Mpigi districts in Uganda: a qualitative study., Journal of Public Health, 21, (1), 2013, p29 - 37, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Egan, K. and Larkan, F., 'Nothing to lose but our aitches': Anthropologists in the Public Sphere, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 16, (2), 2013, p5 - 7, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Irish Journal of Anthropology, 15, 2, (2012), Fiona Larkan, [Editor], Notes: [Special Section: Suicide in Ireland], Journal, PUBLISHED
Irish Journal of Anthropology, 15, 1, (2012), Fiona Larkan, [Editor], Notes: [Special Issue 'Interviewing Ireland'], Journal, PUBLISHED

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Saris, A.J., Larkan, F., Van wyk, B., Stevens, P., and Ramela, T., Understanding Barriers to Access and Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment in South Africa's Western Cape Province, Dublin, Ireland, 2012, 39, Notes: [Submitted to Heath Research Board and Irish Aid on foot of a Global Health Research Award GHRA 2007/8 ], Report, SUBMITTED
Larkan, F., Hearn, L. and Bunyan, K., Overview of Student Services to Part-time and Non-traditional students, Dublin, Ireland, 2008, Notes: [Produced on foot of a Strategic Innovation Fund grant], Report, SUBMITTED
Comiskey, C. and Larkan, F., Review of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Services, Dublin, Ireland, 2007, Notes: [Health Services Executive], Report, SUBMITTED
Larkan, F., The Impact of HIV and AIDS on Teaching Practices at University of Western Cape, South Africa, 2006, Notes: [HIV/AIDS Unit, University of the Western Cape, South Africa], Report, SUBMITTED


Award Date
Global Health Research Award (GHRA2007/08) 2008
Medical Anthropology, Sexuality, Risk, Substance Misuse, Morality and the Female Body, HIV & AIDS, Infectious Disease, Chronic Disease, Special interest in sub-Saharan Africa.