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Prof Maya Unnithan

Post:Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology (Anthropology, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, International Development)
Location:ARTS C C226

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 872789
International:+44 1273 872789

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Maya Unnithan received a Ph.D (1991) in Social Anthropology from Cambridge Universityand holds degrees in Sociology (MA) and Economics (BA Hons). She has taught at Sussex since 1991. Maya has served on various University and Department committees including as Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Global Studies (2013-2106), University Senator (2000-2004, 2008-2009) and as Sub-dean of the School of African and Asian Studies (2001-2003). She was programme convenor of the Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology from 2003-2010. She is advisor to the Global Health Policy Centre, and the University’s Environment and Health Research theme. She has led a cross-campus initiative on Mobilities, Migration and Global Health (2012-2013). She is also closely connected with the development of South Asian studies at Sussex and member of the steering committee of the Sussex Asia Centre. Maya is director of the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH) which she helped establish in the School of Global Studies.

External to the University, Maya currently serves as Chair of the Medical Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute. She is a member of the Peer Review College of the Economic and Social Science Research Council. Maya was recently a member of the WHO steering committee on the impact of rights on maternal and child health (2012-2013) and has previously served on the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland(2004-2007), and as council member of the British Academy Society for South Asian Studies (2004-2008).  She is on the editorial boards of three journals, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Ethnicity and Health, and Anthropology and Medicine.


Director, Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH)