Gabrielle Robbins
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Gabrielle Robbins

Gabrielle examines ongoing intersections between agriculture, health and medicine across sites in the western Indian Ocean and the United States. She combines approaches from environmental and medical anthropology alongside science and technology studies to investigate how shifting pharmaceutical industries pursue health for bodies, landscapes, and economies. Her current fieldwork, grounded in the central highlands region of Madagascar, examines the production of plant-based active pharmaceutical ingredients as well as the cascading eco-social impacts of a nascent postcolonial Malagasy medical industry. At the broadest level, her research addresses the stakes of both global inequality and ecological breakdown for stable drug access, and the creative solutions undertaken by local communities and government initiatives to ensure health amid such overlapping challenges.

Gabrielle's research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, as well as the Center for International Studies and the Environmental Solutions Initiative at MIT. She is also a member of the 2021-2022 Martin Society of Fellows for Sustainability. Prior to arriving at HASTS, Gabrielle received her B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College.

Interested applicants should feel free to contact her with any questions about the program or admissions process.  

Key words

anthropology; global STS; agriculture; natural resources; medicine; pharmaceuticals



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