Caroline Mburu

Caroline Mburu

Dr

  • Research Fellow (Developing Effective Rodent Control Strategies to Reduce Disease Risk), Social Anthropology
  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

Dr Caroline Mburu is a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. She is a Medical Anthropologist whose research focuses on the socio ecological aspects of zoonotic diseases in East Africa. Her particular interests include lay knowledge and awareness of zoonoses, perceptions of risk, treatment pathways and cultural and structural drivers of disease. Caroline’s PhD (2017-2022) at the University of Nairobi in Kenya examined the socio ecological dimensions of brucellosis and brucellosis control in Kilombero district in Tanzania.

Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Antthropology in the MRC/UKRI funded project“Developing Effective Rodent Control Strategies to Reduce Disease Risk in Ecologically and Culturally Diverse Rural Landscapes”. She will be conducting ethnographic fieldwork in rural Tanzania where she will examine how local communities interact with rats in the course of their daily life and agricultural activities, as well as their approach to rodent-borne infection risk and rodent control methods and techniques.

Prior to joining the University of St Andrews, her previous studies explored lay perceptions and impact of Rift Valley fever among the Somali in Kenya, prioritization of livestock diseases among the Maasai in Kenya and stakeholder perceptions related to the impact of COVID-19 on wet markets reforms in Kenya. She has worked in Interdisciplinary projects including the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa (DDDAC), Afrique-One ASPIRE and the One Health Network for the HORN of Africa (HORN Project).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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