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Dr Ana Porroche-Escudero

Senior Research Associate

Ana Porroche-Escudero

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Tel: +44 1524 593313

Research overview

Ana Porroche-Escudero is a feminist medical anthropologist, academic-activist and health educator. Her scholarship has focused on women’s health, breast cancer and social inequality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, cancer education, methodology and community involvement in research and development.



Career Details

Ana Porroche-Escudero is a Senior Research Associate at the Division of Health Research at the University of Lancaster, working with sterling colleagues from diverse backgrounds and affiliations to promote and deliver public health equity in the North West Coast. Her role in the CLAHRC NWC is two-fold: contributing to the core research methods team by supporting partner members to identify relevant research questions; Working with Professor Jennie Popay to develop and implement a Health Equity Audit and monitoring process across the CLAHRC (http://www.hiat.org.uk/).

She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Sussex, where she worked as an Associate Tutor in Anthropology and Development studies (2009-2014) and convened a course on Global Health at the Summer School (2012-2014). She also completed a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of York and has BAs in Anthropology and Social Work from the Universities of Barcelona and Zaragoza respectively.

She works on the intersections of anthropology, sociology, social policy, public health, development studies and activist praxis. Ana is particularly interested on the gendered nature of the multi-dimensional linkages between breast cancer and social inequality in Spain. She is committed to public anthropology so as to make her research more accessible and relevant to the wider public, something for which her thesis was recognised with the prestigious Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship awarded by Sociologists for Women in Society.

She sits in the Advisory Board of the Breast Cancer Consortium, an international platform dedicated to changing the conversation on breast cancer through public and scientific discussion, and is a member of the Spanish Network of Women Health Workers and the Association for Feminist Anthropology. With colleges from the UK, Spain, France Italy and the USA, she has co-organised numerous public events on Breast Cancer Awareness, including Brighton, Sussex University, Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante. The aim is to create an open and non-medicalised space where the wider public has the opportunity to engage critically with an international expert panel of academics, activists and breast cancer patients and advocates.

As a social worker and activist Ana is also thrilled by the revolutionary power of social pedagogy and positive approaches to sexuality and health to inspire social positive scripts in the community. She teamed up with local organisation Qvintvs Teatrae to organise the first V-Day Worldwide Community Campaign in Spain in her home village (2008) to raise awareness of gender justice through community work and creative activism. By popular demand the team repeated the experience for the 2009 and 2010 V-Day seasons. Some methodologies she used in this work included PAR, ethnomimesis, sensory workshops and theatre. Two years later she took this activist work to the University of Sussex (2012 & 2014) at which she also performed at the premiere of The Vagina Monologues together with her outstanding students and colleagues. Outputs were 8 performances of The Vagina Monologues, 3 art exhibitions, 6 community workshops and 4 conference presentations at the Porterbrook Clinic in Sheffield, Sussex University, IDS and Central European University in Budapest. Most notably, she was one of "seven expert panelists" invited to the Spanish Network of Women Health Workers' annual meeting in Barcelona (2012), where she co-presented a paper on pleasure, empowerment and participatory methodologies as a methodological tool for health practitioners, activists and academics (with Maria Olivella), to be published by the Spanish Women's Institute.

These experiences have enabled her to learn, and refine the use of innovative pedagogic methodologies that she hopes to bring in her work with the CLAHRC NWC to enhance partnership participation and engagement, pivotal to reduce health inequalities.

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