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Jack Lopez

Lecturer in Health and Society

Faculty/Dept/School School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 232113


Originally from Manchester, I completed a BA Hons in Social Work and DiPSW at the University of Salford (2002) and later MA Social Anthropology (2006) and PhD in Social Anthropology (2016) at the University of Manchester. My community and social work career led me from the UK - Mainland Europe - Mexico where I worked in health promotion, substance misuse outreach, HIV and sexual health education and human rights observation in armed conflict zones. Since re-training as a Social and Medical Anthropologist I have researched closely with midwives, families, migrants and sex workers on all kinds of health and relationship matters. 
I specialise in sexual, reproductive and m/paternal health matters, and the design and ethics of collaborative ethnography. My broader interests are family life, intimate relationships and life-course in societies or populations affected by violence and/or conflict. My research region is principally, though not exclusive to Mexico/Latin America and the UK. 


Teaching highlights

Previous Taught Course Units 
Introduction to Global Health and Medical Anthropology          Diseases and Trauma in Developing Countries                        Anthropology of Life-Course in Conflict Societies                      Research Methods in Global Health                                         Humanitarian Diplomacy and Negotiation in Practice              Ethnography and  Fieldwork                                                      Qualitative Research Methods
Humanitarian Response Cross-Generational Perspectives         
University of Salford Social Work and Social Policy 2009-2016    
Research Methods                                                                    Ethics and Values in Social Work                                            Introduction to Social Policy                                                      International Social Work                                                        Cultural Competency                                                              Conflict Resolution                                                                                Safeguarding Children and Young People                              Mental Health Issues                      

Teaching interests

Anthropology of Health and Diseases, Global Health, Anthropology of Ageing and Life-course


I have run the Everyday Maternal Health Indicators project in Mexico since 2016 where I work closely with midwives, families and HIV professionals. 

Since 2017 I have co-led a Peer Ethnographic Evaluation Research community project with female asylum seekers in Manchester looking at all matters of health and social care barriers for people with no recourse to public funds. I aim to extend this project to working with community organisations in Bradford from 2020 onward.