Dr Samantha Page

Post Doctoral Researcher

Areas of Interest

• Gender and international health, HIV and gender based violence, gender, equity and rights, neglected tropical diseases
• Anthropology of development, public policy and elites, evidence-based policy
• Policy design and development, programme management, monitoring and evaluation


I have been working in international development since the late 1990s. I have worked for governments, NGOs and multilateral agencies as a freelance consultant in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe the Middle East and the US. My areas of expertise include strategic planning, policy development, programme design and management, research, monitoring and evaluation and stakeholder management. 

Whilst completing my PhD I worked as a Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth (2011-2014) and I taught on gender and development studies courses.


I am currently working as a social scientist on an implementation research programme called COUNTDOWN to produce evidence from multiple contexts on the links between Neglected Tropical Diseases, gender and poverty. 

In 2014 I was awarded my PhD in International Development: ‘Narratives of blame’: HIV/AIDS and Harmful Cultural Practices in Malawi: Implications for Policies and Programmes. I spent 14 months in Malawi conducting dissertation field research using qualitative and quantitative research methods. The main argument of my thesis is that in Malawi misconceptions concerning how easily HIV is transmitted through sex have resulted in the development of policies and programmes that would not normally be applied to different public health crises. My research presents the first academic study of its kind exploring the link between HIV and AIDS and sexual cultural practices in Malawi. Here is a short video describing my research. 

Other relevant expertise, professional memberships etc.

I am Impact Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Anthropology in Action. My role at the journal is to make ‘impact’ a standing item of content in the journal and to maintain debate and dissemination of the topic. If you would be interested in contributing to this journal please contact me.

Research Grants

USD $10,000: Developing a checklist for review by WHO staff of National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans (NHPSPs) from a Gender, Equity and Rights lens, testing it on NHPSPs from WHO's 6 regions. Co-PI with Sally Theobald and Asha George. WHO 2015.

Selected publications

  • Forthcoming publications

    Page, S ‘The impact agenda and its impact on early career researchers: A discussion with Marilyn Strathern’ Anthropology in Action (forthcoming Volume 24, Number 3, Autumn 2015). 

    Page, S. ‘An insider’s view of AIDS and policy making: a case study of Malawi’ Anthropology in Action (forthcoming Volume 23, Number 2, Summer 2015).

    Page, S The hyena of Malawi: Implications for Policies and Programmes (forthcoming book. Ashgate May 2016).

    Publications and reports

    Page, S. Discourses on HIV and AIDS and sexual cultural practices in Malawi: Knowledge, Policy and Practice (2015). In Bradley T., and Longman C. (Eds.)  Interrogating Harmful Cultural Practices: Gender, Culture and Coercion. Ashgate: Surrey. 

    Pallikadavath, S, Rajan I, Singh A, Ogallah R and Page, S. (2013) ‘Post-sterilisation autonomy among young mothers in South India’ Journal of Biosocial Science (1): 1-15. 

    Page, S (November 2013) A Scoping Visit to Qatar: Amnesty International: UK

    Page, S (2013) Culture Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S (2013) Education Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S (2013) Environment Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S (2013) Family Cohesion and Women’s Empowerment Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S (2013) Health Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S (2013) Labour Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S (2013) Public Safety and Security Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S (2013) Social Protection Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S (2013) Sport Sector Implementation Progress: GSDP: Qatar

    Page, S, Howe-Walsh, L and S Turnball. (2012) Why are women still under represented in senior jobs in SET in academic universities and what are the HR implications? CIPD HR Bulletin: Research and Practice. CIPD: Portsmouth

    Supreme Council of Health (2011) Qatar National Health Strategy, Supreme Council of Health, Qatar

    UNAIDS (2009) Malawi: Country Harmonisation and Alignment Tool, UNAIDS: Malawi

    UNDP (2007) Measuring and Monitoring Gender Equality: Malaysia’s Gender Gap Index, UNDP: Malaysia

    UNDP (2007) Malaysia: Small and Medium Enterprises-Building an Enabling Environment, UNDP: Malaysia

    UNDP (2007) Bridging the Digital Divide (unpublished)

    Page, S., and Lee, J. (2006) Local Government and International Development – Perspectives and Selected Case Studies. In Munawwar A., and Nickson A. (Eds.) Managing Change in Local Governance (pp123-129). Commonwealth Secretariat: London.

    Developments Magazine (2005) Local government, global development, DFID: London

    UNFPA (2004) Investing in People: National Progress in Implementing the ICPD Programme of Action 1994-2004, UNFPA: New York

    UNFPA (2002) Population Ageing and Development: Operational Challenges in Developing Countries, UNFPA: New York 

    Pages, S., and Beales, S. (2001) Gender and Ageing: A position paper, HelpAge International: London