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Lisa Lehner
Lisa Lehner, MA. BA.Junior Researcher & PhD Candidate

Center for Public Health (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine)
Position: PHD Student

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Further Information


Anthropology, Cultural; Anthropology, Medical; Austria; Europe; European Union; Feminism; Government Agencies; Health Care Sector; Hepatitis C; Infectious Disease Medicine; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement; Pharmaceutical Solutions; Public Health; Social Sciences; Social Welfare; Technology, Pharmaceutical

Research group(s)

  • Unit Medical Anthropology and Global Health
    Head: Ruth Kutalek
    Research Area: Research at the Unit focuses on the socio-cultural implications and perceptions of infectious diseases (especially Ebola viral disease, measles, and yellow fever), antimicrobial resistance (AMR), nutritional anthropology (e.g. geophagy), issues of access to health care for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, mental health, representations of human bodies, human-animal-environment interactions, as well as anthropological perspectives in emergency response and humanitarian assistance.

Research interests

I work at the intersection of science & technology studies (STS), medical anthropology, and critical public health to understand how individuals and particularly marginalized social groups are affected by the cumulative effects of biomedical knowledge production, welfare state politics, and their socio-cultural positions.

I specialize in viral infectious disease research and global public health. My dissertation research is a community-engaged ethnography exploring the lived experiences of patients suffering and cured from Hepatitis C in the context of the Austrian welfare state. I am also a junior researcher (wissenschaftliche Projektmitarbeiterin) in "SoNAR-Global - A Global Social Sciences Network for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance" (EU-Horizon 2020, grant no. 825671) at the Unit Medical Anthropology & Global Health, Medical University of Vienna (

Other research projects and interests include: antimicrobial resistance, community-engaged healthcare, organ transplantation, assisted reproductive technologies, mental health & preventive healthcare in elderly

Affiliations: PhD Candidate am Department for Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University (STS@Cornell), Resident Fellow am Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI)

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

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

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: