Department of Anthropology

Biography

I hold a PhD from Sussex University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and a BSocSc(Hons) from the University of Cape Town. 

Using visual anthropological approaches - including fillm, photography, body mapping and digital mapping - my recent ethnographic research has explored women's embodied accounts of HIV and AIDS biomedicines in South Africa and Brazil. Through this multiā€sited ethnography, I traced the networked threads that weave women’s embodied precarity into the governance of technologies and the technologies of governance. This ethnography built on a decade's research in South Africa, with related publications on stigma, the politics of biomedicine, traditional healing, gender, violence and masculinities.

I led the 2012 - 2016 DfID-funded Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme with activists, academics and legal practitioners in over 30 countries, conducted multi-country research on effective organised activism against gender-based violence in Sierra Leone and South Africa, collaborated on a national study of domestic violence in Ghana and participated in the Ebola: Lessons for Development initiative.  

Publications

  1. Mills, E. 2017. "Biopolitical precarity in the permeable body: The social lives of people, viruses and their medicines." Critical Public Health.
  2. Nomsa Brightness Mahlalela, Suzanne Johnson and Elizabeth Mills. 2017. Feasibility and acceptability of a mobile phone intervention to improve post-rape service delivery in South Africa. Making All Voices Count Research Report, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies.
  3. Mills, E. 2016. When the skies fight: Gender, HIV and Precarity in South Africa. Reproductive Health Matters. Volume 24, Issue 47, Pages 85–95.
  4. Mills, E. 2016. ‘You have to raise a fist!’: Seeing and speaking to the state in South Africa. IDS Bulletin 47(1).
  5. Lalor, K. Mills, E. Sánchez García, A. and Haste, H. 2016. Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s law got to do with it? IDS: Brighton.
  6. Mills, E., Lalor, K. and Sánchez García, A. 2016.  “Starting Conversations: A Cross-Continental Dialogue on Avenues to Advance Sexuality and Gender Justice,” in Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s law got to do with it? Lalor, K. , Mills, E. Sánchez García, A. and Haste, H (Eds).  IDS: Brighton.
  7. Lalor, K., Sánchez García, A. and Mills, E. 2016.  “How Useful is the Law for Attaining Sexual and Gender Justice?” in Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s law got to do with it? Lalor, K., Mills, E. Sánchez García, A. and Haste, H (Eds).  IDS: Brighton.
  8. Sánchez García, A., Mills, E. and Lalor, K. “What is the Scope for Joint Working to Advance Sexual and Gender Justice?” in Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s law got to do with it? Lalor, K. Mills, E. Sánchez García, A. and Haste, H (Eds).  IDS: Brighton.
  9. Mills, E., Nesbitt-Ahmed, Z., Diggins, J. and Mackieu, T.D. 2015 “They Call Me Warrior’: The Legacy of Conflict and the Struggle to End Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Sierra Leone.” No. IDS Evidence Report; 155.
  10. Mills, Elizabeth. 2015. “Leave No One Behind’: Gender, Sexuality and the Sustainable Development Goals.” IDS Evidence Report; 154.
  11. Mills, E., Shahrokh, T., Black, G., Wheeler, J. Cornelius, R. van den Heever, L. 2015. “Turning the Tide: The Role of Collective Action for Addressing Structural and Gender-based Violence in South Africa.” IDS Evidence Report; 118.
  12. Diggins, J. and Mills, E., 2015. The Pathology of Inequality: Gender and Ebola in West Africa. IDS Rapid Response Briefing.
  13. Mills, Elizabeth, and Tamlyn Munslow. 2015. Sexuality, Poverty and the Law: A Case Study Approach for Exploring Avenues of Change. IDS Evidence Report; 153
  14. Oosterhoff, P., Mills, E. & Oosterom, M. 2014. “Addressing Sexual Violence in and beyond the 'Warzone'”. Rapid Response Briefing. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.
  15. Mills, E. 2012. “Reflections and refractions: the rights and responsibilities of women as agents of change”. ACU Bulletin: The Association of Commonwealth Universities, London.  
  16. de Paoli, M. M., Mills, E. A. & Gronningsaeter, A. B. 2012. “The ARV roll out and the disability grant: a South African dilemma?” J Int AIDS Soc, 15, 6.
  17. MacGregor, H and Mills, E. 2011. “Framing Rights and Responsibilities: The accounts of women with a history of AIDS activism”. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 11(Suppl 3):S7
  18. Standing, H., Hawkins, K., Mills, E., Theobold, S. and Undie, C. 2011. “Introduction: Contextualising ‘Rights’ in Sexual and Reproductive Health”. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 11(Suppl 3):S1
  19. Mills, E. 2011. “Life beyond HIV: Women’s Narratives of Strength, Vulnerability and Resilience in South Africa” in Challenges to Life: HIV and Inequality in Brazil and South Africa. Vieira, A. and Rocha, S. (Eds). University of Pernambuco: Brazil.
  20. De Paoli,M., Groeningstaeter, A. And Mills, E. 2010. Poverty Reduction Strategies in a Public Health Perspective: Social grants, HIV and the roll-out of HAART in South Africa. Fafo, Oslo: Norway.
  21. MacGregor, H. and Mills, E. 2009. ‘Mapping Change and Continuity: Living with HIV as a Chronic Illness in South Africa’, Assembling Bodies Exhibition, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  22. Mills, E. and Maughan-Brown, B. 2009. “Ties that Bind: HIV-Disclosure as Consequence and Catalyst of Stigma and Support in Households”. Centre for Social Science Research Working Paper 266. University of Cape Town: Cape Town.
  23. Mills, E., de Paoli, M. M. & Grønningsæter, A. 2009. “Love in the Time of AIDS: The Relational Gender Dynamics of Prevention, Testing and Treatment”. Centre for Social Science Research Working Paper 252. University of Cape Town: Cape Town.
  24. Mills, E. and Magazi, B. 2009. “From Rhetoric to Reality: An Empirical Appraisal of South Africa’s 2007-2011 HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan”. Centre for Social Science Research Working Paper 258. University of Cape Town: Cape Town.
  25. Mills, E. 2008. “Swimming in Confusion:  A Qualitative Study of Factors Affecting Uptake and Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment in South Africa”. Centre for Social Science Research Working Paper 208. University of Cape Town: Cape Town.
  26. Mills, E. 2006. “From the Physical Self to the Social Body: Expression and Effect of HIV-Related Stigma in South Africa”. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16: 498 - 503.
  27. Mills, E. 2005. HIV Illness Meanings and Collaborative Healing Strategies. Journal of Social Dynamics, 31: 126 - 160.
  28. Gobodo-Madikizela, P., with Ross, F. and Mills, E. 2005. Women’s Contributions to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Women Waging Peace Policy Commission: Harvard University.
  29. Mills, E. 2004. Beyond the Disease of Discrimination: A Critical Analysis of Stigma in KTC, Cape Town. Centre for Social Science Research Working Paper 100. University of Cape Town.

 

Selected Blogs and Multi-Media Resources 

Role

Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology

School of Global Studies

University of Sussex