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Lisa Lehner
Lisa Lehner, BA. BA. MA. MA. PhD.Postdoctoral Researcher

Center for Public Health (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine)
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0003-0385-8072

Further Information


Anthropology, Cultural; Anthropology, Medical; Antibiotic Prophylaxis; Austria; Benzodiazepines; Delivery of Health Care, Integrated; Europe; European Union; Feminism; Government Agencies; Health Care Sector; Hepatitis C; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement; Pharmaceutical Solutions; Public Health; Social Marginalization; Social Sciences; Social Welfare; Technology, Pharmaceutical

Research group(s)

Research interests

Lisa Lehner works on questions of social inequality through the lens of critical health research. She is interested in the way that policymaking and knowledge production constitute and perpetuate social inequalities, and its lived consequences. Key topics in her research are the experience and structural conditions of "being/becoming healthy," the meaning, history, and margins of the welfare state, as well as processes of marginalization in the healthcare system - especially with regard to addiction, homelessness, illegalized migration, and LGBTQIA+ issues. At the moment her focus lies on pharmaceutical research and production, and the responsible and sustainable use of medicines. Her work traverses medical anthropology, science studies (STS), and critical public health. For her interdisciplinary research work she also relies on her experiences as a postgraduate researcher on national and international research projects, including EU-projects "CANCERLESS" (Horizon 2020 GA 965351) and "SoNAR-Global" (Horizon 2020 GA 825671), as well as her work as an NGO-consultant where one of her projects focused on "social prescribing."

Currently, she works as a PostDoc and Co-PI on the 3-year research project "Less is More" on the prescription, circulation, and use of benzodiazepines and antibiotics in the healthcare system of Vienna (see project homepage).

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Social Science Analyses (qualitative & quantitative), Ethnography, Community-Engaged Ethnography, Interviews, Observations (participatory), Focus Groups, Grounded Theory, Atlas.ti, Situational Analysis, Scoping Reviews


Selected publications

  1. Jeleff, M. et al., 2019. Vulnerability assessment tools for infectious threats and antimicrobial resistance: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 9(11), p.e031944. Available at:
  2. Lehner, L. et al. (2021) ‘Beyond the “information deficit model” - understanding vaccine-hesitant attitudes of midwives in Austria: a qualitative study’, BMC Public Health, 21(1). Available at:
  3. Jeleff, M. et al. (2022) ‘Vulnerability and One Health assessment approaches for infectious threats from a social science perspective: a systematic scoping review’, The Lancet Planetary Health, 6(8), pp. e682–e693. Available at:
  4. Schiffler, T. et al. (2023) ‘Characteristics and Effectiveness of Co-Designed Mental Health Interventions in Primary Care for People Experiencing Homelessness: A Systematic Review’, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(1), p. 892. Available at: