Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Colin Millard

Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology


My background is in medical anthropology and the social anthropology of South Asia and Tibet. I have worked at Edinburgh University as co-ordinator of the programmes in the Center for South Asian Studies and as part of a team of researchers looking at access to medicines in India, Uganda and South Africa. I have also worked at Cardiff University on a research project focusing on a Tibetan medical hospital and school in west Tibet, and traditional medical practice in northeast Tibet. Before coming to Newcastle I worked in the Global Health Unit at Queen Mary University of London as senior lecturer in medical anthropology and co-ordinator of BSc in Global Health and intercalated BSc in Global Health. At Queen Mary University I led modules on: medicines and pharmaceuticals; health illness and society; and migration, culture and health.


I have carried out fieldwork based reseach in India, Nepal and Tibet on traditional medical practice, the use of ritual in healing and social and political identity, mostly in the Himalayan region. I have also carried out research on Tibetan and Chinese medical practice in the UK. I have carried out reseach on access to medicines, in India, South Africa and Uganda. I have active research interests in pharmaceutical studies including pharmaceutical regulation, access to medicines, clinical trials and industry marketing strategies. I also have research interests in civil society, social networks and health policy and global health governance.