Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Luisa Enria

Lecturer in International Development with an interest in political anthropology, critical development studies, youth and humanitarian emergencies in West Africa

LecturerBa, MPhil, DPhil

3 East 4.08
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3160



Luisa joined the University of Bath in September 2016 after a year in Northern Sierra Leone as a Research Fellow for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she conducted ethnographic research looking into community experiences of the West African Ebola outbreak and acceptability of biomedical interventions such as vaccine trials.

Prior to that Luisa completed her DPhil from Oxford University's Department of International Development. Her doctorate explored the relationship between youth unemployment and political violence through qualitative research amongst urban youth in Sierra Leone. She is currently a Research Associate at Oxford's School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.

Luisa's research explores the political dimensions of development and humanitarian emergencies. Her work aims to produce ethnographic accounts of the ways in which people experience, engage with and occasionally resist development interventions in their daily lives. Informed by her research during and after the West African Ebola outbreak, Luisa's research also engages with the possibilities and tensions at the interface between anthropology and global health. Her current ESRC-funded research project studies how the securitisation of poverty and development impacts on what it means to be a citizen in times of crisis, through the experiences of young Sierra Leoneans living in informal settlements during the Ebola epidemic. By looking at how young people experienced the militarised containment of disease in their neighbourhoods, the project will probe into the nature of state-society relations and negotiations around the meaning of citizenship.

Alongside her research, Luisa has also worked as a consultant for Oxfam and International Alert.

Research interests

  • Youth
  • Humanitarian emergencies
  • African Studies
  • International Development

Current projects


Book Sections

Enria, L., 2016. Seeing is believing:trial regulations vs. community engagement in an ebola vaccine trial. In: Aellah, G., Chantler, T. and Geissler, P. W., eds. Global Health Research in an Unequal World. Wallingford, U. K.: CABI.

Enria, L., 2016. I Must Stand Like a Man: Masculinity in Crisis in Post-War Sierra Leone. In: Cornwall, A., Lindsfarne, N. and Karioris, F., eds. Masculinities Under Neoliberalism. Zed Books.


Enria, L. and Harris, D., 2017. [REVIEW] Ebola: how a people's science helped end an epidemic. African Affairs, 116 (463).

Enria, L., Lees, S., Smout, E., Mooney, T., Tengbeh, A. F., Leigh, B., Greenwood, B., Watson-Jones, D. and Larson, H., 2016. Power, fairness and trust:understanding and engaging with vaccine trial participants and communities in the setting up the EBOVAC-Salone vaccine trial in Sierra Leone. BMC Public Health, 16, 1140.

Enria, L., 2016. Co-Producing Knowledge through Participatory Theatre: Reflections on Ethnography, Empathy and Power. Qualitative Research, 16, pp. 319-329.

Enria, L., 2015. Love and Betrayal: The Political Economy of Youth Violence in Post-War Sierra Leone’. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 53 (4), pp. 637-660.

Enria, L., 2012. Employing the Youth to Build Peace: The Limitations of United Nations Statebuilding in Sierra Leone. Human Welfare, 1 (1), pp. 42-56.


Enria, L., 2014. Real Jobs in Fragile Contexts: Reframing Youth Employment Programming in Liberia and Sierra Leone. International Alert.

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