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College Photo Name Larkan, Fiona
Main Department Public Health & Primary Care
College Title Assistant Prof/ Director of M.Sc Global
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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. .
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
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Anthropological Association of Ireland 2003
American Anthropological Association 2005
European Association of Social Anthropologists 2010
Royal Anthropological Institute 2010
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Global Health Research Award (GHRA2007/08) 2008
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
Description of Research Interests
Medical Anthropology, Sexuality, Risk, Substance Misuse, Morality and the Female Body, HIV & AIDS, Infectious Disease, Chronic Disease, Special interest in sub-Saharan Africa.
Research Interests
Addiction and substance abuse Chronic fatigue and related disorders Development, prevention and treatment of mental disease or disorder HIV drug development
HIV opportunistic infections HIV virology and pathogenesis Health attitudes and behaviour Health psychology
Health status and inequalities Infectious diseases Malaria Medical anthropology
Primary care Public health Sociological influences on health
Research Projects
Project title Understanding Barriers to Access and Adherence to antiretroviral treatment for HIV and AIDS in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Funding Agency Irish Aid/Health Research Board,
Programme Global Health Research Awards
Type of Project Ethnographic
Date from 2009
Date to 2012
Person Months

Project title Overview of Services for Part-time Students at Six Higher Level Institutes
Funding Agency Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF)
Programme Cycle 1
Type of Project Mixed methods study of service users
Date from 2008
Date to
Person Months

Project title Review of Services for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Funding Agency Health Services Executive
Type of Project Mixed methods review of service and views of service users
Date from 2006
Date to 2007
Person Months

Project title The Impact of HIV and AIDS on the teaching practices of staff members in the Education Faculty at UWC
Funding Agency HIV/AIDS Unit, University of the Western Cape
Type of Project Qualitative
Date from 2006
Date to
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
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
Van Wyk, B. and Larkan, F. , Writing Henry: The moralities of representation, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 14, (1), 2011, p43 - 49
TARA - Full Text
Comiskey, C. & Larkan, F., A National Cross Sectional Survey of Diagnosed Sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Pathways to diagnosis, changes in quality of life and service priorities, Irish Journal of Medical Science , 179, (4), 2010, p501 - 505
Larkan, F., Van Wyk, B. and Saris, A.J., Of Remedies and Poisons: Recreational Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in the Social Imagination of South African Carers., African Sociological Review, 14, (2), 2010, p62 - 73
TARA - Full Text
Larkan, F., Narratives and Silences in Discussion of HIV and AIDS in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Irish Journal of Anthropology,, 7, (1), 2005, p53 - 67
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